After a crazy day of waiting for the almighty Coachella to announce its glorious line-up, music enthusiasts across the map were left with a bitter taste on their musical palettes when the clock struck 5 p.m on Tuesday, January 18. With a big rumor floating around that KROQ would be announcing the line-up this evening, fans were greeted with a big bowl of nothing. It was actually pretty funny.
Regardless, the good people at Goldenvoice came through around 10 p.m with the official 2011 Coachella line-up poster you see below. Naturally, everyone was ecstatic until they read the fine print. This year’s Coachella line-up is indeed exciting, but it’s totally recycled. If this were some sort of a Green festival, I guess that would be a positive thing. The line up features way too many acts that have played Coachella (Black Keys, Sleigh Bells, Kanye, etc.) and a long list of bands that we constantly see in Los Angeles and many other major cities. This isn’t a bad thing for most, but for those of us that are constantly going to shows and love Coachella for its wide exposure of underground bands and iconic headliners, this year’s line-up was a bit lackluster. Where’s the fresh meat?
However, there are some exceptional underground and old school acts on the bill, but I think we all expected a lot more from the leading music festival. Especially with the headliners … Kings of Leon! WTF? I’m hoping Coachella will select some kick-ass bands as part of their late schedule additions that they announce every year.
One thing for sure though, whether you’re disappointed with the line-up or not, Coachella is always an unforgettable journey that everyone who loves living life to the fullest should experience at least once. There’s just so much more to it aside from the live performances and you have to attend to truly understand what I’m talking about.
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Posted by: Sandra Burciaga
Headliners: Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, Kanye West
Bands: !!!, 12th Planet, Afrojack, Alf Alpha, Andy C, Angus and Julia Stone, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, A-Trak, Axwell, Beardyman, Best Coast, Big Audio Dynamite, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, Bomba Estereo, Boys Noize, Brandon Flowers, Brandt Brauer Frick, Breakage, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, Cage the Elephant, Caifanes, Caspa, Cee Lo Green, Chromeo, Chuckie, City and Colour, Clare Maguire, Cold Cave, Cold War Kids, Crystal Castles, CSS, Cults, Cut Copy, Daedelus, Death From Above 1979, Delorean, Delta Sprirt, DJ Hype, DJ Kentaro, DJ Marky, DJ Zinc, Duck Sauce, Duran Duran, EE, Elbow, Electric Touch, Eliza Doolittle, Ellie Goulding, Emicida, Empire of the Sun, Erick Morillo, Erykah Badu, Excision, , Fat Freddy’s Drop, Fedde Le Grand, Fistful of Mercy, Flogging Molly, Foals, Foster the People, Francis and the Lights, Freelance Whales, fun., G.Q., Gayngs, Glasser, Gogol Bordello, Good Old War, Gord Downie, Goth Trad, Green Velvet, Gypsy and the Cat, HEALTH, Here We Go Magic, High Contrast, Hurts, Interpol, Jack Beats, Jack’s Mannequin, Jakes, Jenny and Johnny, Jimmy Eat World, Joachim Garraud, Joy Orbison, Kanye West, Kele, Kings of Leon, Klaxons, Kode9, Kyle Hall, Laidback Luke, Leftfield, Lightning Bolt, Lil’ B, Lorn, Los Bunkers, Magnetic Man, Mariachi El Bronx, Marina and the Diamonds, Mary Anne Hobbs, MEN, Menomena, Monarchy, Mount Kimbie, Moving Units, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mumford & Sons, Nas & Damian Marley, Neon Trees, New Pants, Nosaj Thing, OFF!, OFWGKTA, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, One Day as a Lion, Ozomatli, Paul van Dyk, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, PJ Harvey, Plan B, Ramadanman, Raphael Saadiq, Ras G, Ratatat, Riva Starr, Robyn, Roska, Rye Rye, Sander Kleinenberg, Sasha, SBTRKT, Scala & Kolacny Bros., Scissor Sisters, She Wants Revenge, Shpongle, Skrillex, Sleigh Bells, Steve Angello, Sven Vath, Take, Tame Impala, Terror Danjah, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, The Aquabats, The Black Keys, The Chemical Brothers, The Drums, The Felice Brothers, The Henry Clay People, The Joy Formidable, The Kills, The London Suede, The Love Language, The Morning Benders, The National, The New Pornographers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Presets, The Radio Dept., The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Strokes, The Swell Season, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Twelves, Thunderball, Tinie Tempah, Titus Andronicus, Tokimonsta, Trampled by Turtles, Trentemoller, Twin Shadow, Two Door Cinema Club, Warpaint, Wire, Wiz Khalifa, Yacht, Yelle and Zed Bias.