The speculation is over. The lineup for Coachella 2013 has officially been revealed, via the annual music and art festival’s Facebook page and Twitter account.
Rumors about this year’s Coachella headliners had been swirling for weeks, with the Rolling Stones and Daft Punk among the acts speculated to be performing at the festival, says the Rolling Stone Magazine.
But last week, the Stones confirmed that they would not be playing Coachella, with Mick Jagger telling NME that the band would not be ready in time for the festival, despite the string of successful reunion dates they played in the U.K. and U.S. at the close of last year.
And though Daft Punk have a new LP in the works, the band has reportedly told festival promoters they won’t be hitting the road this year.
Other performers include the recently reunited The Postal Service, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, Lou Reed, Jurassic 5, Sigur Ros, the XX, New Order, Hot Chip, Grizzly Bear, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend and Wu-Tang Clan.
For those looking to Coachella as a predictor of future, the lineup is once again rounded out with an assortment of buzz acts. Among the highlights: Wild Belle’s dapper, tech-savvy mix of Island grooves and studio gleam, the bluesy hip-hop of Kids These Days, soul singer Allen Stone and the dreamy electronics of Purity Ring, writes the LA Times.
The appeal for the industry is simple. “They pay you lots of money, and there’s a large captive audience,” said Laura Ballance, co-founder of North Carolina indie label Merge Records.
This will be Coachella’s 14th hurrah and its second year of splitting the festival into two identical weekends in order to accomodate their vastly multiplying audience. Weekend 1 will take place April 12-14 and Weekend 2 will be April 19-21, reports the Huff Post.
Festival passes for both weekends go on sale Tuesday, January 29th at 10AM PST. Festival passes for Weekend 1 must be purchased with a shuttle pass or a car camping pass.
New for 2013, the price you see is the price you pay — $349 for a GA ticket and $799 for VIP. Prices reflect all fees included. Layaway is no longer an option for either weekend. Last year’s tickets sold out online in under two hours.
The Goldenvoice in 2012 doubled its Coachella crowd by expanding to two weekends, and added a third day to the Stagecoach festival. The aggregate attendance at the desert festivals passed half a million for the first time, reaching 650,000.
Coachella is considered the start of the annual summer festival season and has positioned itself as one of the premier music events in the country. But the festival market is a crowded one.