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What We Know: Coachella 2013

on January 09, 2013, 9:00pm

coachella 2013 What We Know: Coachella 2013

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.

Most of this information is pulled from our Festival Outlook — so make sure to bookmark that page for additional updates ahead of the lineup release.

Who’s Already Confirmed?

Nine acts have prematurely revealed their participation through interviews, Twitter, or on their websites:

Alex Clare: British songwriter confirmed his appearance in an interview with RollingStone.com

Bat For Lashes: UK songstress Natasha Khan confirmed her appearance in an interview with Flavorpill

Bingo Players: Dutch production duo confirmed their appearance via their booking agency’s website (the listing has since been pulled)

– Dirtybird Players Tour featuring Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, and more: EDM heavyweights confirmed tour’s appearance on its website

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

Paul Kalkbrenner: German electronic musician confirmed his appearance in an interview with Pure Volume

Kill the Noise: Fool’s Gold producer confirmed his appearance in an interview with Billboard

Rodriguez: Celebrated songwriter currently lists the festival on his website

The Underachievers: Brainfeeder-signed duo confirmed their appearance on Twitter

Who Else is Likely?

Based on tour schedules or suggestive answers in interviews or on Twitter, these acts also appear destined for Indio:

Aesop Rock: Fellow rapper Murs cited Aesop Rock’s appearance at Coachella as the reason he would not be appearing at the Paid Dues music festival

Alt-J: Rising UK outfit has West coast dates scheduled in the days leading up to Coachella

Beach House: Dates scheduled before and after the two Coachella weekends

Grimes: Claire Boucher hinted an appearance on Twitter

Local Natives: Indie rockers have West coast dates scheduled immediately preceding Coachella

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Legendary rockers have a lone West coast date scheduled between Coachella weekends

Sigur Rós: Icelandic outfit has West coast dates scheduled in the days leading up to Coachella

Sky Ferreira: Rising pop star hinted at an appearance in an interview with Popdust

Stars: Canadian outfit has West coast dates scheduled prior to Coachella

Superhumanoids: Electronic project has West coast dates scheduled around Coachella

Tegan & Sara: Twins have a West coast date scheduled around Coachella

Two Door Cinema Club: Irish rockers have West coast dates scheduled in the days leading up to Coachella

Wild Belle: Chicago upstarts has a San Francisco date scheduled with Yeasayer right before Coachella

Yeasayer: Alternative outfit has a San Francisco date scheduled Wild Belle right before Coachella

Other Strong Possibilities

The evidence for these acts isn’t as concrete, but they all seem to be reasonable bets:

Alabama Shakes: Grammy-nominated rock band has yet to play Coachella and has no Los Angeles date scheduled

Angel Haze: Rising rapper has no Los Angeles date among her extensive North American tour with Major Lazer

Big Boi: OutKast rapper hinted at an appearance in an interview with Popmatters

Björk: Icelandic songstress has plans for a West coast residency this Spring

Divine Fits: Britt Daniels hinted at super group’s appearance during Reddit AMA

Infected Mushroom: Electronic duo is playing a GoldenVoice-presented show during the second Coachella weekend

Major Lazer: Diplo and friends have no Los Angeles date among their extensive North American tour. They’re also playing a number of other major music festivals.

Passion Pit: The Michael Angelakos-led outfit has yet to reveal its West coast tour schedule

Phoenix: With a new album due out in April, Coachella would serve as a nice, high-profile launch to a busy summer

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Karen O & Co. have scheduled an intimate Los Angeles show at Coachella-affiliated venue

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

Who else?

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:

The Postal Service: Apparently a reunion is “in the works”

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

D’Angelo: Maybe the R&B legend will head to the Polo Grounds to debut material off his almost-complete new studio album?

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

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joe zich
February 6, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Bassnectar confirmed himself in his reddit AMA.

Joe Parker
January 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Bat For Lashes confirmed tonight at a flavorpill live stream!

Riki Jee
January 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I saw the Stone Roses at Avalon in Boston, MA many many years ago supporting their “Second Coming” release…so to say they “have yet to play the U.S.” is incorrect : )

AFRCK
January 9, 2013 at 9:29 am

QOTSA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rory Biller
January 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

Neil Young should be a headliner one year. Just sayin.

ghost that never lies…
January 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm

so is the line up coming out tonight?

greendayfan
January 8, 2013 at 9:36 pm

probably next week

John Nesiba
January 8, 2013 at 8:40 pm

What We Know: That Coachella will be the best festival in the US and have the strongest lineup for at least 5 years running now, but will again be snubbed by COS for festival of the year in favor of The Warped Tour. Due to a revolutionary new setup that includes a skater half-pipe entry way, and roller derby girls selling beers.

Casey Smith
January 8, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I’ve been waiting a long time for Coachella to get their act together and invite Dirty Bird. Hopefully they don’t just throw them in the DoLab.

Tyler Halloran
January 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm

They wouldn’t for Claude/Justin Martin but I could see them shoving J.Phillip in the DoLab if shes touring with them

TRI Studios
January 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Are they releasing more tickets? Is everything sold out?

Phil Connors
January 8, 2013 at 6:43 pm

I can confirm that Stones and Blur and Deadmau5 will all be headlining. My friend hasn’t heard whom the other three are yet, GV isn’t discussing it with the staff at large evidently.

greendayfan
January 8, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Coachella doesn’t have six headliners

Justin Block
January 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I’m thinking and hoping for a lot of 90′s bands and sounds. Most of them are either reunited with good new tunes or are still going putting out good stuff. Qotsa would be awesome to see. Especially if dave did the appearance on drums. Soundgarden would be an excellent headliner for a night. I saw them at voodoo. Best show of my life. And I’ve seen way too many shows to list. I can only hope for Bowie and that he does ziggy stardust in it’s entirety. That would be amazing. Maybe throw in some other hits and new jams since he’s got them now. Lastly I have such a personal relationship with “time is on my side” by rolling stones. So if they headlined and played that…that’s it. I’m done. And there would be nothing but a smile on my face.

Rory Biller
January 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Please no Chili Peppers, Green Day or Rolling Stones. Please yes, Queens of the Stone Age, David Bowie, and Blur.

Casey Smith
January 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm

no Rolling Stones? I’m guess you don’t want “I Heart Spicy Pie” there either.

Rory Biller
January 8, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Seen em…don’t want one my the headliners to be wasted on them.

watermater
January 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Saw Chili Peppers last year at lolla and green day at lolla 3 years back now. I thought the Chili Peppers sounded pretty bad… I was super disappointed.

Steven Edelstone
January 8, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I would do terrible, terrible things to get both Blur and the Roses on there…

rachel
January 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

2 door cinema club are irish

Aaron Frank
January 8, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Bat for Lashes basically confirmed that she’d be at Coachella when I talked to her last week. West Coast tour starts in April.

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