Coachella 2013 Kicks Off Today
The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival gets underway today in Indio, CA with tens of thousands of music fans converging onto the Empire Polo Grounds. For the next two weekends people from all over the country and world will dance and party with more than 150 bands on 7 stages staggered between massive art installations.
There is something for everyone at Coachella. From indie and rock 'n roll like Sigur Ros, The Lumineers, Postal Service, Of Monsters and Men, Modest Mouse, Phoenix, The Descendents, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Blur to rap and hip hop like Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha T, Jurassic 5 and Wu Tang Clan. Not to mention a massive selection of electric dance/trap/house music like Moby, Kill The Noise, Bassnectar, Knife Party, TNGHT, The xx, Eric Prydz and the infamous Baauer of The Harlem Shake phenomenon fame.
I have wanted to go to Coachella for years and finally pulled the trigger and got tickets to Weekend 2 last year. This was the first time that the annual festival would be spread to two weekends. Needless to say, it was one of the best experiences of my life and my group decided that we had to attend again this year.
We purchased our presale tickets for Weekend 2 2013 just weeks after returning from Coachella 2012. We knew that the lineup for next year wouldn't even be announced for months. It didn't matter. The festival was such an incredible time, we were already stoked to go back, no matter what the lineup looked like.
Although my journey to Coachella doesn't begin for another four days, I will be watching some of the YouTube Coachella stream today. Scoping things out to see which bands I may or may not want to see. The phrase conflictchella has been thrown around in online communities, referring to fans wanting to see artists or bands that may be playing on different stages at the same time.
You can see the entire lineup below along with my list of bands that I am looking forward to seeing. I might only enjoy 10 minutes of one set before having to book it to another stage to catch another act. No matter how much planning goes into it, things always change as the adventure continues. My list is in chronological order as to when the bands take the stage:
Skinny Lister, Tokyo Ska Paradise, The Neighbourhood, Shouting Matches, Beardyman, Aesop Rock, Japandroids, Alt-J, Local Natives, Jello Biafra, Modest Mouse, TNGHT, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jurassic 5, Bassnectar
Been Trill, Kids These Days, Reignwolf, Shovels & Rope, Biffy Clyro, Dropkick Murphys, 2 Chainz, Kill The Noise, Puscifer, Violent Femmes, Portugal. The Man, The Descendents, Pusha T, Two Door Cinema Club, Knife Party
Wild Belle, Robert Delonge, Ghost, The Airborne Toxic Event, Gaslight Anthem, Alex Clare, Social Distortion, Tame Impala, Pretty Lights, Wu Tang Clan, Red Hot Chili Peppers