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Coachella’s 2013 Lineup: One Day Later

on January 25, 2013, 9:31pm
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Coachella’s 2013 lineup is now one day old and that means it’s time for some post-reveal analysis. In the pages that follow, we run through the biggest highlights and surprises appearing on this year’s bill, in addition to the most glaring omissions. We also highlight five names worth knowing as you prepare for April’s big weekend(s). Do you agree with our selections? Voice your thoughts in the comments below.

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January 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm

So did you get someone who has never listened to the Stone Roses before to write their blurb? Second Coming was an absolute flop that caused the band to break up.

January 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm

The Make-UP!!!! I didn’t even notice them until yesterday. It just gets better and better the more you look at it. Also, I was surprised you didn’t mention The Evens performance from 2004. A Coachella highlight for me, with Flea getting on stage to play trumpet for a song or two.

January 26, 2013 at 7:41 pm

kind of surprised Deltron aren’t playing. They are supposed to be releasing a new album this year and they would go over really well on the Polo Fields.

Evan Lee
January 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm

can we take a moment to recognize how ridiculous it is that Blur and The Stone Roses are both headlining Friday? We haven’t seen the schedule, but there is a pretty big risk for set time conflict for two bands that I imagine have a sizable overlap in fan bases. Would’ve made way more sense to have Stone Roses play on Sunday.

Joshua Stadtler
January 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Judging by previous years, as co-headliners they will not overlap. Stones Roses will play at like 9 and Blur will play at like 1030 or 11

January 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm

You’re right about there not being an overlap, but with the Stone Roses being billed first, they’ll likely be the closing act Friday night with Blur playing the 9 slot. I’m more surprised to see Stone Roses billed ahead of Blur in all honesty.

Marc Salopek
January 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm

If you click the poster on the Coachella website, the mini pic has Stone Roses ahead of Blur, but the big poster you see after clicking has Blur ahead of The Stone Roses. As much fun as it is to guess what the schedule will look like, we’ll never truly know until we truly know…

January 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

They will most likely play on the same stage, one after the other. Not really that big of a deal. I for one, will be up front for both sets!

January 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Probably one of the better Coachella lineups in a while if you really look at it. The only thing that makes no sense to me is RHCP closing the fest. They clearly wanted the Stones. And the stones can suck it…they really need another $25 mil for two shows? How un-rock of them. I’ll be honest that I wasn’t that stoked when I first saw it, but when you go through the names you realize how insanely deep this is. And…oh by the way…Phoenix, Sat Night, Coachella…can someone say Daft Punk surprise appearance?

January 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I like your final thought. I’m going to go along with that idea…

The Festival Lawyer
January 25, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Great article. I totally agree the headliners are a bit “meh” but I think that’s because so many rumors about Daft Punk, Rolling Stones etc got expectations too high. If you look past the headliners this lineup is super deep and interesting. And if you have any interest in 80s or 90s music this has to be a dream lineup for you. Friday looks crazy…You telling me on Friday you aren’t going to be satisfied seeing Japandroids, Metric, Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, Yeah Yeahs and Blur ?

Marc Salopek
January 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Of Monsters and Men

Keith Harvey
January 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Too European. NY Governor’s Ball is a much stronger lineup.

Carl SJunior
January 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

One day later: I love it. The top of this lineup is really, really strange for Coachella, but the undercard is seriously stacked with talent. The whole lineup is incredibly balanced, likely because they saved money by avoiding shelling out tons of $ for headliners. It’s the Sasquatch approach, which has been proven successful. Just like that festival last year and the year before, people will look at the top couple lines, loudly complain on social media sites about “who the fuck even knows who __________ are and why are they HEADLINING?!?” and predict that the festival is doomed to fail, then it will sell like hotcakes. No chance whatsoever this doesn’t sell out.

Music festivals leaning toward smaller headliners in exchange for a balanced overall lineup can only be a good thing. Anyone who has ever attended a music festival will tell you that the last band of the night on the mainstage is only ONE band in a full day of music and that there will always be another stage to close out your night at anyway if you don’t like them. Plus, giving a smaller act a headlining slot can sometimes push them to deliver explosive, surprising sets that satisfy much more fully than witnessing a massive arena band do their by-the-numbers thing. This year the only case in which we’ll see that is RHCP, and hey, there has to be one comfort-food type nostalgia band there to ease the comedown and nudge people towards the gate.

Can’t wait for this.

Serge Cruz Jr
January 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Well said sir

Joshua Stadtler
January 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Well said; Sasquatch is the model, though surprising to see Coachella going that route

Rory Biller
January 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm


January 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Also on the Dischord team – Deathfix – Brendan Canty’s current band.

January 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Moby is not a live set, it’s a dj set. It says so on the lineup page.


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