Just In Case You Were Wondering: No Coachella Lineup So Far

Jan 28th, 2009 // 19 Comments

I decided to suffer through KROQ’s playlist of Papa Roach and Three Days Grace just in case its morning show happened to have the delayed Coachella lineup this morning, but one of the inane hosts (Bean, maybe?) just mentioned that he and his corporate overlords haven’t received any new information since yesterday. However, in the midst of this seemingly endless wait, a particularly creative nerd on the Coachella message board took the “Paul T” username (for Goldenvoice head Paul Tollett) and posted a very likely fake lineup. While I doubt the Hold Steady are playing both Friday and Saturday, if you care to dream about what might be, it’s below the cut.



Friday:
Nine Inch Nails
Morrissey
Orbital
Franz Ferdinand
Puscifer
Katy Perry
Digitalism (live)
The Presets
K’s Choice
Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band
X
Metric
The Black Keys
Shpongle
Turbonegro
Bassnectar
Fair To Midland
Ladytron
Cage
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Hercules & Love Affair
Mickey Avalon
The Gaslight Anthem
Laura Marling
The Whip
The Bloody Beetroots
Kristina Sky
The Airborne Toxic Event
Friendly Fires
Straight Line Stitch
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
Shadrach Kabango
Los Campesinos
O’Death
The Wishing Tree
Floater
Alias Westlord
Snailhouse
Asteroids Galaxy Tour
Miyavi
Kevin Rudolf
TINARIWEN
Heartless Bastards
Drop The Lime
Lucent Dossier

Saturday:
The Killers
Neil Young
Primus
Basement Jaxx
TV on the Radio
Mike Patton + Rahzel
Adele
Immortal Technique
Atmosphere
One Day as a Lion
Girl Talk
Primal Scream
Coolof (of The Knife) (DJ set)
KT Tunstall
Crystal Castles
Amon Tobin
M.A.N.D.Y.
She & Him
Roni Size
Kimya Dawson
Glasvegas
The Black Marquee
Jade Everett
Jamie T
Foals
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
No Age
Late of the Pier
Sebastian Tellier
Peanut Butter Wolf
The Flobots
Radio Luxembourg
Ice Cream Floats
Flying Lotus
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
The Bug
White Lies
The Knux
The Captains Intangible
Mad Marge & The Stonecutters
N.A.S.A.
Mexican Institute of Sound
Eric Mcfadden Trio
Soniko
Kira Willey
Lucent Dossier

Sunday:
Paul McCartney
Foo Fighters
Public Enemy
Chemical Brothers
Keane
Poe
MSTRKRFT
Fleet Foxes
Band of Horses
Lupe Fiasco
Skunk Anansie
Planet of the Drums
Jenny Lewis
Imogen Heap
The Heavy
The Shins
Black Mountain
Asobi Seksu
Gus Black
Alabama 3
The Faint
The Sounds
The Ting Tings
Yeasayer
Conjure One
The Bees
Bizarre
Surkin
The Greencards
The Hold Steady
Uh Huh Her
Christopher Lawrence
a place to bury strangers
Carolina Chocolate Drops
The Death Set
Florence & The Machine
Anna Ternheim
Weston Boys
Tommy Mills & The Jade Amenity
Gutevolk
Buraka Som Sistema
Lucent Dossier

Again, this is probably fake.

Just For You – Happy Birthday, Love Paul! [Coachella Message Board]

  1. Lucas Jensen

    Can I ask an impertinent question? Having never been to Coachella, what’s the big deal? Why the breathless anticipation and fake lineups and everything every year? I feel like I’m supposed to care, but I couldn’t care less.

  2. mexiback

    That’s why you don’t care, you haven’t been there. I have been there 4 times since 2002 (I live relatively close)and let me tell you, some years are better, some are worse, but everytime it has been an EXPERIENCE. And music is just a part of the whole experience, if you go with good friends it can be a pretty good weekend.

  3. Whigged

    @Lucas Jensen: I agree with Mexiback; it’s all about an amazing experience you have while there. Sometimes it has borderline sucked musically, but then there are the most amazing performances under the nighttime desert sky that make it all worth it. But it is definitely one of those, “you have to be there” sort of things.

    Then again, with all of the celebrity trash frequenting the event in recent years, there is a distinct feeling it has jumped the shark on a few levels.

  4. Maura Johnston

    Coachella and Bonnaroo, to me, are interesting in the way that they serve as a sort of bellwether for the American festival circuit (the growth of which has been a pretty new development) — it’s been trying to stay ahead of the glut of other, lesser festivals in other areas of the country by booking different acts (Roger Waters, Prince, etc.) and getting ahead of their competitors as far as booking big reunions (hence all the Blur rumors regarding this year’s installment). But with what’s going on in the economy this year, not to mention the music business, I’m not surprised that the lineup announcement has been so fraught. (This doesn’t even take into account the fact that California’s Inland Empire, where the festival site is located, is in something of an economic tailspin thanks to way too much overdevelopment, particularly of overly fancy houses. I saw a preview of this of sorts when I went this year; the house I stayed in was in a 10-residence cul-de-sac. At least half had “for sale” signs out front, and the Xeroxes advertising the house’s availability that were stocked on the wet bar showed that the owner was slashing the price by $200k.)

    Also, it’s just a lot of fun. Three days in the desert sounds like a slog, but it’s so great.

  5. moomintroll

    Coachella always has the potential to be the “perfect storm” festival for me. They always have something totally amazing that no other festivals even try to get.

    I think the anticipation this year is even worse because a lot of people can’t afford to plan a trip on blind faith, and if the lineup sucks would like to start using their Coachella money for other things. (A lot of people = me).
    I mean seriously, plane tickets only get more expensive the closer it gets!

  6. Ned Raggett

    I haven’t been myself for a variety of reasons — sometimes there’s been a conflict with the EMP Pop Conference, which I now attend regularly and which often lands on the same weekend, like this year (explains why I missed the Daft Punk performance, the one show I think I truly regret not being able to see). But even when that weekend’s free there’s never been a truly must-go sense I’ve felt about it, too many bad or indifferent bands for me to fully commit to such a sprawling endeavour — I used to joke the only thing that would finally make me go would be if MBV played a reunion show there, but that got taken care of a few months back, so hey.

    But all the positives mentioned so far ring true, and I think this one — ‘under the nighttime desert sky’ — is the truest, really. It’s been a long time since I went out camping and hiking in the California desert, and that’s a different experience from attending a huge show there admittedly, but as mentioned, you really do have to be there to understand.

    That all said, I think it was an earlier post here someone commented about the jock meathead nature of certain bands’ fans at such big gatherings, and having had my share of Lollapaloozas in the early nineties under my belt, I can’t say I miss them at all…

  7. Audif Jackson Winters III

    Coachella also has some residual cachet from being the grandfather of multi-day, Euro-style music festivals in the U.S. These events are a dime a dozen these days, so it’s a little hard to remember how big of a deal Coachella was in ’99 and the early ’00s. It was pretty much the only event like this in the country. Some of that reputation has stuck, even after dozens of copycat festivals sprung up and started replicating the Coachella lineup.

  8. Ned Raggett

    @Audif Jackson Winters III: Very true — I remember at the time too they had to fight a bit against what was seen as lingering fallout from the Lollapalooza model, in that big multi-act touring festivals had been the overall approach and were starting to wear thin. (It’s also worth remembering that the first one was held in late summer rather than early spring…and it’s not surprising at ALL that they switched to a rather more comfortable time of the year.)

  9. Anonymous

    @Lucas Jensen: There’s nothing really special about it. It was basically the first BIG festival to highlight hyped indie acts. However, they seem to have to keep outdoing themselves year after year in terms of reunions, exclusive bookings, etc. My guess is they probably have a pretty stellar line-up already booked but are still looking for that one-off to play so they can boast about it/sell more tickets.

  10. mackro

    I’ve avoided Coachella because of the main problem with big festivals: lines, lines, lines.

    Lines happen at all annual festivals, but they get exponentially worse the bigger they are. Especially in the heat, they’re even worse than that. Also, as a non-driver, Coachella is extremely inconvenient for me. (Public transit out to and in SE Cali is lite, to make an understatement.)

    And every group that’s been a big deal at Coachella has headlined a show in Seattle, right in the city. (Yes, Prince, Daft Punk, etc.)

    So, just due to logistics and financial reasons, there was never a need.

    I have been to the dry run of Coachella, This Ain’t No Picnic, in O.C. in 1999 and 2000. These were much smaller and simpler (and much easier to get to.)

  11. Ned Raggett

    @mackro: Also, as a non-driver, Coachella is extremely inconvenient for me. (Public transit out to and in SE Cali is lite, to make an understatement.)

    Big issue for me as well (as you well know!) — but they did a special one-off Amtrak run out there from Union Station last time around and perhaps that’s the case again this time, who knows.

  12. T'Challa

    All of the above points are valid: Coachella is an amazing weekend that can border on spiritual. Coachella is an overpriced weekend that especially sucks for the general admission crowd who spend too much time trying to find a way into VIP. And then there’s the whole drama of the VIP section…

    There are a million reasons for and against the festival, and they’re all true.

    I try to go every year, and every year I think at one point, “I am NEVER doing this nonsense again!” And every year at one point I think, “As long as I’m in the area, I’ll NEVER miss coming to Coachella!”

    It’s a love/hate relationship that hurts so good…

  13. T'Challa

    All of the above points are valid: Coachella is an amazing weekend that can border on spiritual. Coachella is an overpriced weekend that especially sucks for the general admission crowd who spend too much time trying to find a way into VIP. And then there’s the whole drama of the VIP section…

    There are a million reasons for and against the festival, and they’re all true.

    I try to go every year, and every year I think at one point, “I am NEVER doing this nonsense again!” And every year at one point I think, “As long as I’m in the area, I’ll NEVER miss coming to Coachella!”

    It’s a love/hate relationship that hurts so good…

  14. MayhemintheHood

    @mackro: Wow, I had totally forgotten about This Aint No Picnic. I went in 1999.

    I also went to the first Coachella(I snuck in…and on a weird note, I’ve never met anyone that paid for the first Coachella). I don’t think I ever need to go again, because as Mackro said, 99.9% of the acts that play there that I’m interested in will play a show around OC/LA area that I can go to(and will most likely be better). I do like to do drugs though, so Coachella was kinda cool for that reason. But again, I could probably do that here.

  15. Ned Raggett

    @MayhemintheHood: Wow, I had totally forgotten about This Aint No Picnic. I went in 1999

    That makes three of us. (I was there with Mackro and a couple of other friends visiting from Arizona.) That Boredoms set was a monster.

  16. MayhemintheHood

    @Ned Raggett: Boredoms blew my mind, but only because I had not only never heard of them, but I didn’t listen to anything that resembled them at the time. I basically went for Rocket From The Crypt, Get Up Kids, GBV and Sonic Youth. I got introduced to a bunch of rad bands that day(like Superchunk, and Sunny Day Real Estate, Sleater Kinney).

  17. Anonymous

    @T’Challa: How does the VIP section work? I usually prefer to be in the general crowd because that means you can get closer to the stage.

    @MayhemintheHood: If you live in the OC/LA area, don’t count on headlining shows from most acts near it (as I think there is some sort of out-clause that prohibits acts from playing competing shows).

  18. MayhemintheHood

    @2ironic4u: I think you’re right, but I wasn’t necessarily talking about around the date of Coachella. I just meant that eventually, any act I want to see will come…may have to wait months, but they’ll come.

  19. Maura Johnston

    Ryan Seacrest’s Web site posted this list as if it were real.

    Oops.

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