In just a few years, the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, has established a reputation as the indie rock festival of choice.
Coming off last year's well-received Pixies reunion, the sixth Coachella (April 30-May 1) is topped by a couple of old-school reunions mixed with a roster of huge names, up-and-coming artists and the usual blend of superstar DJs.
Coldplay, Wilco and Weezer top the first day's bill, according to the festival's Web site, while Nine Inch Nails, New Order and Bright Eyes will close the second night's show. Barring any as-yet-unannounced warm-up dates, it will be the first appearance of the reshuffled lineup for Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails, which has not played live to date.
Fans old enough to remember the '80s will be overjoyed by a pair of reunions on the first night's bill: goth rock progenitors Bauhaus (who haven't played together in more than six years) and ethereal pop group Cocteau Twins, who broke up eight years ago. Also playing on the 30th are Chemical Brothers, Keane, Café Tacuba, Snow Patrol, Rilo Kiley, Doves, Sage Francis, the Raveonettes, Bloc Party, Mercury Rev, Fantômas, the Secret Machines, Jamie Cullum, the Kills, MF Doom, Ambulance LTD, Spoon and Razorlight.
The first night's roster also includes Buck 65, Armin Van Buuren, Hernan Cattaneo, Zap Mama, DJ Peretz (Perry Farrell), M83, Four Tet, Josh Wink, Amp Fiddler, Tiga, Donavon Frankenreiter, Boom Bip, Katie Melua, DJ Marky, Immortal Technique, Jean Grae, Swayzak, Radio 4, Eisley, Sexy Magazines and K-os.
Taking the stage on May 1 will be another recently reunited indie rock group, Gang of Four. Joining them on the bill will be the Prodigy, Black Star, the Faint, Roni Size, the Arcade Fire, Roots Manuva, Thrice, the Dresden Dolls, British Sea Power, the Fiery Furnaces, Aesop Rock, Jem, Autolux, Tegan and Sara, Stereophonics, the Bravery, the Futureheads, Kasabian and Sloan.
Also performing on the 1st are DJ Krush, Junkie XL, M.I.A., Miss Kittin, the Perceptionists, Matthew Dear, Diplo, Subtle, Beans, Shout Out Louds, the Blood Brothers, Matmos, Wolf Eyes, Gram Rabbit, Smokestacks and Zion-I.
In addition to its eclectic roster, Coachella has established a reputation as a fan-friendly and artist-friendly environment, highlighted by the lush, beautiful mountains and palm trees around the Empire Polo Field and the relaxed, party atmosphere backstage. An on-sale date for tickets is expected shortly.