COACHELLA 2013: Lineup defines what festival is about

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tUnE-yArDs ocupa el escenario en el Outdoor Theatre durante el Coachella Valley Festival de Música y Arte en abril 2012.

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

Blur

The Stone Roses

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Modest Mouse

Lou Reed

Jurassic 5

grinderman

Bassnectar

Dog Blood

How to Destroy Angels

Passion Pit

Tegan and Sara

Band of Horses

beach House

Metric

Local Natives

Of Monsters and Men

Infected Mushroom

Japandroids

Divine Fits

Stars

Johnny Marr

Luciano

Wolfgang Gartner

Nicky Romero

Modestep

Tommy Trash

Thomas Gold

The Shouting Matches

Dillon Francis

Four Tet

Aesop Rock

Alt-J

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine

TNGHT

Jake Bugg

Earl Sweatshirt

Polica

Sparks

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

Purity Ring

Lee Scratch Perry

Dam-Funk

DJ Harvey

Jamie xx

Seth Troxler

Youth Lagoon

Deathfix

C2C

Beardyman

Lord Huron

Palma Violets

ID Echo

Skinny Lister

The Neighbourhood

Sam XL Pure Filth Sound

Saturday, April 13 and 20

Phoenix

The xx

The Postal Service

Sigur Ros

New Order

Hot Chip

Grizzly Bear

Knife Party

Benny Benassi

Two Door Cinema Club

Moby

Descendents

Yeasayer

Franz Ferdinand

Violent Femmes

Simian Mobile Disco

Spiritualized

Puscifer

Cafe Tacuba

Portugal. The Man

The Make-Up

Bat for Lashes

Richie Hawtin

Major Lazer

Fedde Le Grand

Dropkick Murphys

Foals

Ben Howard

2 Chainz

Janelle Monae

Danny Brown

Wild Nothing

Booka Shade

Bingo Players

Allen Stone

El-P

The Selecter

Pusha T

Kill the Noise

The Evens

Biffy Clyro

Theophilus London

Baauer

Zane Lowe

Trash Talk

Birdy Nam Nam

Action Bronson

Jason Bentley

The Wombats

Guards

Mona

Savages

Shovels & Rope

Huoratron

Kurt Vile

Reignwolf

Cassy

2Ball MTY

Kids These Days

The 2 Bears

The Colourist

Vintage Trouble

Sunday, April 14 and 21

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Vampire Weekend

Social Distortion

Wu-Tang Clan

Pretty Lights

Eric Prydz

Tame Imapala

The Lumineers

Dead Can Dance

La Roux

James Blake

Excision

Grimes

The Gaslight Anthem

The Faint

Hardwell

Paul Oakenfold

Dinosaur Jr.

Raider Klan

OMD

Roni Size

The Airborne Toxic Event

Father John Misty

Tanlines

Rodriguez

Alex Clare

Paul Kalkbrenner

Jessie Ware

Loco Dice

Jamie Jones

The Three O’Clock

Disclosure

Mimosa

Cloud Nothings

Parov Stelar Band

Julio Bashmore

Thee Oh Sees

Dub Fx

Maya Jane Coles

JEFF the Brotherhood

Smith Westerns

Dirtyphonics

Joris Voorn

Hanni El Khatib

Danny Avila

Ghost

DIIV

Little Green Cars

Mord Fustang

James McCartney

Unicorn Kid

Robert DeLong

White Arrows

Deap Vally

Wild Belle

Adrian Lux

Ladies Night