Organizers have confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in music — that Radiohead, German electronic quartet Kraftwerk and the newly reunited Pixies will headline the first night of the two-day Coachella music festival on May 1 in Indio, California.
Last year’s festival was headlined by the Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers and included performances by the White Stripes, the Stooges, Ben Harper, Queens of the Stone Age, Underworld, N.E.R.D. and approximately 70 other bands (see “Iggy, Beasties, White Stripes Lead Three-Pronged Invasion At Coachella” ).
Modeled after eclectic European festivals like Glastonbury and Reading, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival features a diverse lineup of rock, hip-hop and dance artists. Taking heed of the Woodstock concerts staged in 1994 and 1999, Coachella organizers have made a point of providing concertgoers with plenty of space and easy access to amenities like restrooms and water.
Barring the announcement of other concerts preceding Coachella, the festival will mark the first show for the Pixies since the highly influential post-punk quartet imploded 11 years ago (see “Pixies To Reunite For Tour, Album” ).
Kraftwerk, meanwhile, are regarded as even more influential. Their melodic, electronic compositions inspired the creation of entire genres of music, including house, techno and — as Afrika Bambaataa demonstrated with his classic “Planet Rock” — hip-hop. Kraftwerk resurfaced in 1999 to release a new single, “Expo 2000,” and last year reworked their song “Tour De France” into an entire album.
Coachella organizers are still finalizing contracts with dozens of other bands, including headliners for the festival’s second day.