Ah yes, that time of the year is upon us. The moment has passed for speculation as the final lineup for the desert-based festival, Coachella, has been released. Although there is no mention of a hologram Tupac rapping with Snoop Dogg during this press release, plenty of other worthy reunions are bound to go down during this year’s festival. As we mentioned before, indie pop-rock icons The Postal Service will be making its debut at this festival along with other last-era names like The Wu Tang Clan and the Violent Femmes (perhaps an undead Ol Dirty Bastard will make an appearance? I sure hope so)!
Despite the obvious focus on reunions, this year’s festival will bring out the best indie rock and electronic music has to offer. Bands like Phoenix, Modest Mouse, and Grizzly Bear have graced the giant lettering on the poster above (above the infamous 2-Chainz even!). The fact that The XX trumps Major Lazer and Fedde La Grande shows that indie electronic trumps the EDM scene that Coachella has not-so-subtly focused on in years past.
Although I am glad that there is a lot of rock in the lineup (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, and even Stone Roses are going to come together in this blissful collection of acts that the audience will know by heart), there is an utter lack of Hip-Hop. True, Jurassic 5 will be another group that ruinites for this special occasion; but other than the handful of Hip-Hop artist I have mentioned, there doesn’t seem to be a large focus on rap, East-coast, West-coast or the few and in between.
Despite my disappointments with this lineup, I am truly excited for the showmanship that Coachella creates in artists. The fact that so many independent and half-way-unknown artists are gracing the main stage this year makes me happy for the music industry as a whole. Festivals like this bring all genres together and let the music run free through the desert wasteland. So if you haven’t bought tickets yet, you best find a friend who can’t go. Unless you’d rather drop 800 dollars or so when the VIP tickets go up for sale.
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