Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Coachella Festival 2012

I used to make a pilgrimage to the Coachella Festival every year. It's in the desert near Palm Springs, California and can be a nightmare for concert goers with one 2 lane road into the grounds and an uncomfortable dry heat. The lineup was just released yesterday and it provided an interesting mix plus a new twist. There are a bunch of throwback bands that are reforming to play the show. This includes Pulp, Refused (who stated they would never reform), At the Drive In, Jeff Magnum and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

The new twist is they are performing not one, but two weekends. That means Radiohead, The Black Keys, Beirut, etc are sticking around in the area for the week. While I can see this for major headliners, the smaller bands doubtfully will stick around due to trying to make a living. A bit of false advertisement by the promoters.

I would love to check out some of these acts that I wasn't able to see in my youth (Refused, Pulp), but it's a bit of a trip. I guess the economy is doing well enough for the festival to throw a good bit of money out for these acts to reform. I like the idea (except Refused...come on you were always about the punk aesthetic) of these acts reforming and getting paid when they struggled back in the day. Maybe I will make the trip this year.


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  2. I screamed when I read the line-up! I am excited to attend and see Radiohead performs live!

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