When the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced its 2013 lineup the night of Thursday, Jan. 24, there was no hologram of rapper Tupac Shakur topping the bill, nor a repeat appearance from hip-hop heavyweights from Jay-Z or Kanye West that have dominated the Indio festival’s bill the past three years.
Likewise, there was no sign of the big-ticket legacy rock acts such as Paul McCartney or Roger Waters who topped the lineups the years before that.
But when the official list — with more than 100 acts from around the globe who will descend upon the Empire Polo Club in Indio for twin weekends April 12-14 and April 19-21 — hit the Internet, it was Coachella’s most Coachella-esque lineup yet.
Headlining the event that has become an iconic kickoff to the nation’s festival season are Britpop heavyweights Blur and the Stone Roses, in their the first announced U.S. reunion dates; pleasing French indie rockers Phoenix; and a band that helped define alternative music, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
All but the Stone Roses, who haven’t played the U.S. in nearly 20 years, have graced Coachella’s stages at least once since the taste-making festival’s inception in 1999.
“It’s one of those lineups where, when you first see it, you’re a little unsure,” said Dave Brooks, managing editor of concert industry magazine Venues Today.
But, the appeal grows the more the lineup sinks in, he said.
On social media, fans of the festival and the bands were discussing the strength and depth of the secondary “undercard” acts, which include cult icons Lou Reed and Nick Cave.
Plus, there are reunions of Los Angeles hip-hop outfit Jurassic 5 and electronic indie rock group The Postal Service, as well as a healthy crop of established artists such as art-rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Orange County punks Social Distortion and iconic hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan.
“The have pretty strong hip-hop and electronic bookings this year,” Brooks said.
For the fans of electronic dance music, which Coachella has championed since the festival’s inception, promoter Goldenvoice is offering up everyone from trance legend Paul Oakenfold to Dog Blood, a side project of previous Coachella performers Skrillex and Boys Noize.
Then, there are the dozens of emerging acts in smaller type who could be the festival's headliners of the future.
“It’s such a launch now for any artist,” Brooks said. “You not only get your name on a marquee event, you’re playing in front of a huge audience.”
But music is only part of the Coachella equation — the sun-drenched polo fields are a playground for fashion and art, and an annual vacation for many of its 80,000-plus attendees.
In 2012, the first year Coachella had twin editions with identical lineups, the concert sold out in hours, its fastest sell-out ever.
A month after the 2012 festivals concluded, Goldenvoice released an allotment of advance-sale tickets for 2013, which were also gone within hours.
“I think a lot of people are buying on experience,” Brooks said.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. PST Tuesday, Jan. 29 at www.coachella.com.
New for this year, all fees are included in the ticket price for domestic U.S. customers.
* General admission passes are $349 (and are sold out for weekend one without the combination of a camping or a shuttle pass).
* GA passes with a shuttle pass are $399.
* GA passes with a camping pass are $434.
* GA festival passes plus car camping pass (for two people) are $783.
* VIP passes are $799 (only available for weekend two).
* For luxury camping options and other packages, visit the Festival Passes page at www.coachella.com.
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COACHELLA 2013 LINEUP
Friday, April 12 and 19
The Stone Roses
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
How to Destroy Angels
Tegan and Sara
Band of Horses
Of Monsters and Men
The Shouting Matches
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Lee Scratch Perry
Sam XL Pure Filth Sound
Saturday, April 13 and 20
The Postal Service
Two Door Cinema Club
Simian Mobile Disco
Portugal. The Man
Bat for Lashes
Fedde Le Grand
Kill the Noise
Birdy Nam Nam
Shovels & Rope
Kids These Days
The 2 Bears
Sunday, April 14 and 21
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Dead Can Dance
The Gaslight Anthem
The Airborne Toxic Event
Father John Misty
The Three O’Clock
Parov Stelar Band
Thee Oh Sees
Maya Jane Coles
JEFF the Brotherhood
Hanni El Khatib
Little Green Cars