The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has always fed off the publicity of having celebrities on site and presenting a lineup that offers reunions and a dose of nostalgia.
A recent “LA Weekly” column expands on the superficiality that blossoms around the fest and offers that the second weekend should be better because it contains less of the wannabe celebs, corporate parties and media oversaturation. (http://www.laweekly.com/music/why-coachella-weekend-two-is-way-better-than-weekend-one-5497325).
And while we await the usual online posts of celeb sightings during the fest, April 15-17 and 22-24, at the Empire PoloClub in Indio, California, the lineup announcement earlier this year provided all the sizzle needed for another much-discussed multi-media event.
One of the three headliners will be a “reunited” Guns N’ Roses, which features original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan. Izzy Stradlin took to twitter to stop any rumors that he’ll participate and it reported that Steven Adler had surgery which took away any possibility he may participate.
The multi-platinum Los Angeles act played several warm up dates to enthusiastic crowds and good reception. The setlists spanned the group’s career; even tackling Guns’ material that was recorded after Slash and Duff were not around anymore and incorporated covers of The Who, The Damned, Bob Dylan, Derek and the Dominoes and Pink Floyd.
A reunited LCD Soundsystem and Calvin Harris are the weekend’s other headlining artists.
Other reunions or classic (alternative) acts performing at the festival are Underworld, Lush, The Damned, Rancid and The Vandals.
Altogether it makes for a top-heavy roster of artists with a multitude of small lesser-known acts. That may lead to festivarians discovering new music or just lead to small crowds during the early part of each day and more attendance at corporate-sponsored parties.
The rest of the lineup includes Ellie Goulding, Sufjan Stevens, Jack U, Ice Cube, Zedd, A$AP Rocky, CVRCHES, Courtney Barnett, Sia, The Kills, Halsey, James Bay, Major Lazer, Beach House, The 1975, Flume, Lord Huron, M83, Grimes, Run the Jewels, Mavis Staples, Death Grips, Purity Ring, Disclosure, Vince Staples, Rhye, Bat for Lashes, Savages, Deafheaven, Deerhunter, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Hudson Mohawke, Rae Sremmurd, Kamasi Washington, the Last Shadow Puppets, Skepta, Christine and the Queens, AlunaGeorge, SOPHIE, Ex Hex, DJ Koze, Sheer Mag, Autolux, Melody’s Echo Chamber and Girlpool.
For those unable to make it to California, Youtube will live stream select Coachella performances throughout the first weekend on its Youtube channel. Four channels can be found at the Coachella website.
This year’s stream will offer new features including on-demand video hub, an interactive schedule so viewers can customize their experiences and festival highlights. The stream will also be available on the YouTube Music app.
For more information, visit http://live.coachella.com/