A revamped Jane's Addiction, pop deities Weezer and uber-DJs Paul Oakenfold, Fatboy Slim and the Chemical Brothers will headline the second Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, to be held April 28 in Indio, California.
Promoters announced the lineup, heavy with hip-hop and electronic performers, Thursday (March 1), just two days before tickets go on sale.
Other acts on the bill include the Roots, the Orb, Roni Size's Reprazent, Gang Starr, Ozomatli, Mos Def, Iggy Pop and Tricky. At least five stages will be set up at the festival, according to organizers.
The inaugural Coachella Festival took place at Indio's Empire Polo Field on October 9 and 10, 1999, and featured more than 80 acts. Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Beck and Underworld were considered the headliners, though dozens of premier artists performed. The event, held just two months after Woodstock '99 ended in riots, gave concertgoers a renewed hope in music festivals.
This year's Coachella Festival, at the same field as the original, marks Jane's Addiction's first performance together since December 8, 1997, when the alt-rock rulers played the final show of what singer Perry Farrell dubbed their "relapse tour." Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who replaced original member Eric Avery on that tour, will again be joining the band.
Although Farrell and guitarist Dave Navarro have gone on to separate projects, Jane's Addiction never announced an official split.
Farrell, who has built an audience as a DJ in recent years, performed a set of world beat music at the first Coachella festival, which also included the Chemical Brothers and Raymond Roker (a DJ and editor of sponsoring magazine URB), both of whom will perform this year.
Several top names in the dance music community are slated to perform this year, such as Kruder & Dorfmeister, St. Germain, Richard D. James (a.k.a. Aphex Twin), Christopher Lawrence, Photek, Doc Martin, Uberzone, Ian Pooley, Smith & Mighty, Dieselboy and the Detroit Grand Pu-Bahs.
Other acts include the Dandy Warhols, Blonde Redhead, Del tha Funky Homosapien and Pedro the Lion.
A complete lineup is available at www.coachella.com.
Coachella organizers, which include the Los Angeles-based Golden Voice, chose to have a one-day festival rather than a two-day event, so they could focus on the quality of the entertainment, according to Josh Levine, promotions director for URB. "Logistically, having 80 bands can be a nightmare," he said.
URB's record label, URB Music, had planned to release live albums from the original Coachella Festival in the fall, but when Golden Voice decided to have the festival in the spring, URB Music delayed the release. Instead, live albums from Coachella 1999 will be released in the summer, with live albums from 2001 to follow, according to Levine.
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