As music industry folk and festival junkies alike await the impending release of Coachella’s 2013 lineup, we’ve compiled all the latest confirmed, likely, and rumored acts, along with any prospective headliners.
Who’s Already Confirmed?
Nine acts have prematurely revealed their participation through interviews, Twitter, or on their websites:
— Bingo Players: Dutch production duo confirmed their appearance via their booking agency’s website (the listing has since been pulled)
— Father John Misty: Coachella organizer Paul Tollett confirmed J. Tillman’s appearance during the Coachella cruise
— Hardwell: Dutch DJ briefly listed Coachella on his Facebook page
Who Else is Likely?
Based on tour schedules or suggestive answers in interviews or on Twitter, these acts also appear destined for Indio:
— Beach House: Dates scheduled before and after the two Coachella weekends
Other Strong Possibilities
The evidence for these acts isn’t as concrete, but they all seem to be reasonable bets:
— Phoenix: With a new album due out in April, Coachella would serve as a nice, high-profile launch to a busy summer
Who Will Headline?
A month ago, The Rolling Stones, Daft Punk, and a combination of Phoenix/Yeah Yeah Yeahs were presumptive favorites as Coachella 2013 favorites. But things change in a month, specifically The Rolling Stones publicly shooting down their rumors, someone else shooting down Daft Punk’s, and David Bowie starting his own with news of a new album. Any of these acts could headline — but it remains to be seen which ones actually will.
— The Rolling Stones: The legendary outfit has long been considered a favorite for 2013, so Mick Jagger’s recent claim regarding the festival’s lack of interest was certainly surprising. Mick could be playing coy, or maybe Coachella nabbed another legacy act.
— David Bowie: …a legacy act such as David Bowie. Ziggy Stardust remains at the top of the festival’s wishlist and the timing of his recent album announcement certainly fuels rumors of his long-desired appearance finally coming to fruition. Then again, Bowie’s spokesman has already come out and said that the musician has no plans to perform live.
— Daft Punk: Like The Stones, many pitted the French electronic duo as shoe-ins for this year’s Coachella right until last week, when a fellow festival organizer said he tried to book Daft Punk and was told they would not be touring in 2013.
— Red Hot Chili Peppers: The rock legends have played just about every festival other than Coachella in the last 12 months and with their world tour winding down in April, some have speculated of a last hurrah at their hometown festival.
— Green Day: The West coast punks have never played Coachella
— Yeah Yeah Yeahs: If they’re there, are they big enough to headline?
— Phoenix: (See Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
— deadmau5: If Daft Punk doesn’t headline, then deadmau5 could fill the EDM headliner quota
Though their 2013 touring plans remain up in the air, don’t be surprised to see some of these acts take the stage at Coachella:
— Queens of the Stone Age: A new album is on the way and Josh Homme lives right down the road
— How to Destroy Angels: Trent Reznor has promised to take his new project out on the road, and what better place to make a debut than at Coachella?
— The Stone Roses: Reunited UK outfit has yet to play the U.S.
— Blur: Could Coachella nab the Roses and Blur? Plus, Damon Albarn’s rag-tag team are playing a Mexico festival earlier in March.
— Hot Chip: They’ll already be in the states for Ultra
— James Blake: Will the UK wunderkind will head to the Polo Grounds to debut material off his forthcoming sophomore album?
— Warpaint: The all-female quartet played the Coachella cruise and has a new album on the way
— Earl Sweatshirt: He wasn’t home in time to join his crew for their debut Coachella performance