Coachella Festival

Coachella festival, CaliforniaCoachella Festival takes place at the Empire Polo Club, Indio, California

Coachella Festival 2013 dates – April 12-14 and April 19-21

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The History of Coachella Festival
On the evening of November 5, 1993 the rock band Pearl Jam performed before almost 25,000 fans who stood and sat through the night on the lawns of Indio’s historic and previously rock-festival free Empire Polo Club.[1] Although band management had chosen this untested and under-developed site as part of the boycott of Ticketmaster and the Southern California auditoriums it controlled, the event established the new venue’s suitability for large-scale rock events. Such suitability was not a given: the grounds, essentially one vast irrigated desert lawn, sit in one of America’s hottest and driest spots, and the region’s lightly populated towns, while having a history as resorts, are several hours’ drive from regional population centers (San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix).

Six years later, on October 9 and 10, 1999 (a mere three months after the disastrous Woodstock 99 festival) the first actual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (usually abbreviated simply as “Coachella Fest”) was held. Due to Woodstock 99’s fires and riots, Coachella promoters weren’t allowed to offer on site camping, a ban that continued until the 2002 festival.

About 25,000 people attended the two-day inaugural event, supporting headlining acts Beck, The Chemical Brothers, Tool, Morrissey, and Rage Against the Machine. Other acts included Jurassic 5, DJ Shadow, and Underworld. Originally, promoters had hoped to make the event three days (Friday-Sunday) and even considered the UK band Massive Attack to be the third day headliner – but those plans never came to fruition. The event went smoothly, with the biggest complaint being the blistering heat. It is reported, however, that the event failed to generate any profit, which nearly put an end to the festival.

No festival took place in 2000, likely due to the financial troubles of the inaugural festival. In 2001, however, festival organizers decided to give it another try. They decided to move the event to April (to avoid the intense heat of the late summer), and it was only scheduled for one day, most likely due to a tighter budget. However, the 2001 organizers once again ran into some trouble organizing the festival. Just months before the event was to occur, promoters still did not have a big headliner, and the festival was once again at risk of turning a net loss. In a surprise move, promoters turned to friend Perry Farrell, and were able to bring a reunited Jane’s Addiction to the main stage as the event’s headlining act.
In 2002, the event once again returned to the two-day format, and saw a reunited Siouxsie and the Banshees, as well as headlining acts Björk and Oasis. The strong supporting acts helped prove to the community of Indio, California that the event was capable of bringing in money and ending without conflict.

Following the 2002 festival, Coachella began to generate large-scale interest, and the 2003 festival featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beastie Boys (as well as a reunited Iggy Pop and The Stooges) drew the largest crowd yet. (This record, however, was broken by Rage Against the Machine’s 2007 reunion performance which drew nearly 100,000 attendees.) Around this time, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival began to develop worldwide interest.

The 2004 event, featuring a reunion of the Pixies, as well as Radiohead, Kraftwerk, The Cure and a number of other major bands, was the event’s first sellout, with 50,000 tickets sold for each Saturday and Sunday. Since then, the festival has continued to generate large draws due to strong lineups from top to bottom, including such bands as Nine Inch Nails, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Tool, Daft Punk, and Massive Attack.

The 2007 show was extended to three days and included headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, a reunited Rage Against the Machine, and Björk, with all three headlining for their second time. Other notable performers included Arcade Fire, which had made a memorable 2005 Coachella appearance, LCD Soundsystem, Manu Chao, a rare American performance by former Pulp-frontman Jarvis Cocker, and Scarlett Johansson singing with a reunited the Jesus and Mary Chain.

The 2008 event did not sell out, for the first time since 2003, while featuring headliners Prince, Roger Waters, and Jack Johnson, along with notable rare appearances from Portishead, a reunited The Verve, Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, a reunited Love and Rockets, and a reunited Swervedriver.

The 2009 event was hosted a week earlier than normal. The new dates were April 17, 18 and 19 with the third annual edition of the country-music Stagecoach Festival, to start the week after. The event featured notable performances such as Paul McCartney, The Cure, The Killers, My Bloody Valentine, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, M.I.A., Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and rare appearances from artists Leonard Cohen and Throbbing Gristle.

From April 16–18, 2010 the 11th installment of Coachella drew a reported 75,000 spectators or more each day. Over the course of three days, the festival attracted an estimated 225,000 attendees. Headliners included Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz, along with LCD Soundsystem, a reunited Faith No More, a reunited Pavement, Thom Yorke of Radiohead and his live band Atoms for Peace, Tiesto, and supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. Other notable acts were Fever Ray, Porcupine Tree, deadmau5, La Roux, MGMT, Florence and the Machine, Spoon, Bassnectar, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, CéU, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Specials, a reunited Public Image Ltd., a reunited Orbital, a rare Plastikman live set from Richie Hawtin, Sly Stone, and David Guetta.

Each year, the festival also features interesting installation art and sculptures. Most of the pieces are interactive, and provide entertainment and eye candy for attendees walking throughout the Polo grounds. Some of the works were initially created for the Burning Man festival. In contrast to the largely non-repeating roster of musical artists represented at the festival, a few of the visual artists, such as Hotshot the Robot, Robochrist Industries, the Tesla Coil (Cauac), Cyclecide, and The Do LaB, along side avant-garde performance troupe Lucent Dossier Experience, have appeared during several consecutive years at Coachella. Another installation to the art of Coachella includes the limited edition posters produced by poster artist Emek. Emek started designing posters for the festival in 2007 and has continued to do so each year since.

Coachella Line Up – 2012
Afrojack, Alesso, Amon Tobin, Arctic Monkeys, Atari Teenage Riot, Band of Skulls, Breakbot, Cat Power, Datsik, Dawes, Death Grips, EMA, Explosions in the Sky, Feed Me, Frank Ocean, GIRLS, GIVERS, Hello Seahorse!, honeyhoney, James, Jimmy Cliff & Tim Armstrong, Kendrick Lamar, LA Riots, M83, Madeon, Madness, Manchester Orchestra, Mazzy Star, Neon Indian, Other Lives, Pulp, R3hab, Refused, Sean Kuti & Egypt 80, Swedish House Mafia, The Black Angels, The Black Keys, The Dear Hunter, The Horrors, The Midnight Beast, The Rapture, The Sheepdogs, Wolf Gang, WU LYF, Ximena Sarinana, Yuck, A$AP Rocky, Andrew Bird, AWOLNATION, Azealia Banks, Black Lips, Bon Iver, Borgore, Buzzcocks, Childish Gambino, David Guetta, Destroyer, Destructo, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Feist, fIREHOSE, Flying Lotus, Gary Clark Jr., Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Grouplove, Jacques Lu Cont, Jeff Mangum, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, Kaskade, Keep Shelly in Athens, Laura Marling, M. Ward, Martin Solveig, Miike Snow, Mt Eden, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Pure Filth Sound, Radiohead, SBTRKT, SebastiAn, Squeeze, St. Vincent, Sub Focus, Suedehead, The Big Pink, The Head and the Heart, The Shins, The Vaccines, tUnE-yArDs, We are Augustines, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Zeds Dead, AraabMUZIK, At The Drive-In, AVICII, Beats Antique, Beirut, Calvin Harris, Company Flow, Dada Life, DJ Shadow, Dragonette, Fanfarlo, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Florence and the Machine, Flux Pavilion & Dr. P, Gardens & Villa, Girl Talk, Gotye, Greg Ginn, Housse de Racket, Justice, La Roux, Lissie, Metronomy, Modeselektor, Morgan Page, Nero, NOISIΛ, Oberhofer, Porter Robinson , Real Estate, SantiGold, Sebastian Ingrosso, Sleeper Agent, Spector, The Gaslamp Killer, The Growlers, The Hives, The Weeknd, Wild Beasts, Wild Flag, Zedd

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