Two weekends. Multiple stages. Hundreds of bands. Generally nice desert weather. If you’re a music festival junkie, you’re not going to do much better than Coachella, held each spring in Indio, California. This year’s two-weekend event promises something for nearly every musical taste (although if you were planning to see The Rolling Stones there, you’ll be disappointed. That was just a rumor). If you are planning to attend for one or both weekends (April 12-14 and April 19-21), festival passes go on sale tomorrow, January 29. Since Coachella sells out pretty much every year, the sooner you get yours, the better.
This year’s lineup was unveiled at the Coachella website on January 24; headliners this year include The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Blur, and The Stone Roses, while other popular performers include Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, the xx, Tegan & Sara, Passion Pit, Bat for Lashes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and many others. Also on the bill is a highly anticipated reunion of The Postal Service, the side-project duo of Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Headset’s Jimmy Tamborello. This year’s lineup is relatively heavy on indie-rock and hip-hop, and relatively light on EDM. (A sign of things to come? Too early to tell…)
If it’s your first time at Coachella, the festival website is packed with useful information about what to bring/not to bring, where to stay, how wristbands work, etc. Speaking of wristbands, it’s important to note that the two weekends of Coachella function as two separate festivals, meaning you must buy separate wristbands for each. Also, don’t plan on showing up to the festival and buying a wristband there—ain’t gonna happen. All sales are in advance.
As Coachella 2013 approaches, we’ll occasionally be highlighting acts appearing at Coachella that you might not know about yet, but which are worth catching. We’ll kick it off with a video from Shovels and Rope, whom we featured here. One of the coolest folk duos to show up in some time, in my opinion. Look for them at the festival.