SATURDAY, APRIL 26: Portishead, Kraftwerk, Death Cab for Cutie, Cafe Tacuba, Sasha & Digweed, Rilo Kiley, Dwight Yoakam, M.I.A., Hot Chip, Cold War Kids, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, DeVotchKa, Flogging Molly, Mark Ronson, Turbonegro, Scars on Broadway, Islands, Enter Shikari, Calvin Harris, Boyz Noize, Junkie XL, Cinematic Orchestra, Jamie T, The Teenagers, VHS or Beta, Carbon/silicon, Erol Alkan, Yo Majesty!, Little Brother, Bonde Do Role, St. Vincent, Akron Family, MGMT, Institubes DJs (Surkin, Para One and Orgasmic), James Zabiela, Sebastian, Kavinsky, Dredg, The Bird and the Bee, Grand Ole Party, New Young Pony Club, 120 Days, Yoav, Electric Touch, Uffie
SUNDAY, APRIL 27: Roger Waters (performing “Dark Side of the Moon”), Love & Rockets, My Morning Jacket, Spiritualized, Justice, Gogol Bordello, Chromeo, The Streets, Metric, Danny Tenaglia, Simian Mobile Disco, Booka Shade, Murs, Dmitri from Paris, Autolux, The Field, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Les Savy Fav, The Cool Kids, Sons & Daughters, Sia, Holy Fuck, Black Kids, Black Mountain, The Annuals, Kid Sister w/A-Trak, Man Man, Duffy, I'm from Barcelona, Manchester Orchestra, Deadmau5, The Horrors, Austin TV, Shout Out Louds, Plastiscines, Brett Dennen
(Ones i'm really excited about in bold)
So while I was trying to hear the lineup from the coachella forum yesterday I was surprised by the quite one-dimensionally negative opinions about the festival and more specifically the headliners. But to be honest, I hate it when there's a big headliner. And here's why:
1) Big headliner means enormous crowds devoted to that one band wandering around ruining other shows. case in point: RATM fans were smelly, obnoxious kids who try to start mosh pits at every show they see. Let's not talk about Tool fans.
2) Unless you plan your whole day around waiting for the headliner, you'll never be close enough to enjoy the show. Thus you have to miss at least 3 good side acts to see one headliner.
3) Headliner crowds are vast and thick. You will be molested an average 2.7 times per second while rocking out to your beloved headlining act.
So it's very fair to say I won't miss trying to wade through a quarter-mile of concert-goer masses to try and peer over another quarter-mile to see a band I've convinced myself that I like enough to endure all of it. I'll wander around to different undercard acts all day like a kid in an ear-candy store and marvel at the complete lack of Weezer fans. I'm hoping to compile a list of the bands' myspace pages and youtube links, but that'll be a little more work. Look forward to it in the next couple days. For now, let's just bask in the glow of this announcement.