Coachella Acts Named; McCartney Signs On

“Safe,” “huge” or…?

By Fred Mills

The 2009 Coachella festival’s lineup was announced last
night. The event, of course, takes place April 17-19 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, California.
Among the big headliners: The Cure, My Bloody Valentine and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
(Sunday), the Killers, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation and Band of Horses
(Saturday) and Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand and Leonard Cohen
(Friday).

The selection of McCartney is already raising eyebrows in
some corners. In a ridiculously long, navel gazing blog entry at the Los Angeles Times, Macca’s inclusion is
viewed alternately as a “safe” one for most festivals but, in the case of this
alt-rockin’ gathering of the hoodies, a credibility-stretching booking choice; as
“huge,” considering the man is one of the biggest stars on the planet; and as
evidence of Coachella attempting to display its clout in the face of a souring
economy and a declining festival market – a number of festivals last year
either failed to sell out as usual or took a bit of a beating at the box
office.

For his part, McCartney simply said in an official statement
sent to the Times, “I have heard
that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I’m really
excited to get out there and rock!”

Well, all right!

Details, etc. at www.coachella.com,
natch.

Tickets go on sale TODAY, Friday, January
30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations. Three-day weekend passes are $269.00 +$3
charity + $9 facility fee ($1 charity/$3 facility fee per day) and single
day tickets are $99.00 +$1 charity + $3 facility fee. The same layaway plan that Goldenvoice
successfully implemented for STAGECOACH:
California’s
Country Music Festival will be available for weekend passes ONLY for this
year’s COACHELLA. Festival goers now have the option to purchase 3-day festival
tickets and onsite camping tickets on a payment plan.

Layaway options (available online
ONLY through February 28) are as follows.
50% down: this payment option
allows purchasers to pay a 50% deposit of the total order now, with the
remaining 50% automatically deducted April 1; 3-payment plan: purchasers initially pay 10% of the total
order, with the remaining amounts automatically deducted in equal payments on
March 1 and April 1.

FRIDAY
APRIL 17: Paul McCartney, Morrissey,
Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band,
Beirut, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Silversun Pickups, The Ting Tings, The
Crystal Method, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles, The Airborne Toxic
Event, We Are Scientists, N.A.S.A., Patton & Rahzel, M. Ward, The Presets,
The Hold Steady, A Place to Bury Strangers, Felix da Housecat, Buraka Som
Sistema, Ryan Bingham, Bajofondo, Peanut Butter Wolf, Noah & the Whale,
White Lies, The Bug, Alberta Cross, Los Campesinos!, Craze & Klever,
Molotov, Switch, Gui Boratto, Steve Aoki, The Aggrolites, People Under the
Stairs, The Courteeners, Cage the Elephant, Dear and the Headlights.

SATURDAY,
APRIL 18: The Killers, Amy Winehouse,
Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT,
Michael Franti & Spearhead, Atmosphere, Mastodon, TRAV$DJ-AM, Henry
Rollins, Crookers, Turbonegro, Hercules and Love Affair, Superchunk, Glasvegas,
Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, Booker T & the DBT’s, Amanda Palmer, The Bloody
Beetroots, Surkin, Para One (Live), Calexico, Liars, Bob Mould Band, Zane Lowe,
Electric Touch, Blitzen Trapper, James Morrison, Drop the Lime, Glass Candy,
Thenewno2, Gang Gang Dance, Billy Talent, Ida Maria, Ariel Pink’s Haunted
Graffiti, Zizek, Cloud Cult, Tinariwen.

SUNDAY,
APRIL 19: The Cure, My Bloody Valentine,
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Throbbing Gristle, Lupe Fiasco, Paul Weller, Peter Bjorn and
John, X, Antony & the Johnsons, Roni Size, Public Enemy, Jenny Lewis,
Groove Armada, Paolo Nutini, Christopher Lawrence, Lykke Li, The Kills,
Okkervil River, M.A.N.D.Y., Clipse, Sebastien Tellier, Fucked Up, Perry
Farrell, The Horrors, Late of the Pier, K’naan, Junior Boys, Brian Jonestown
Massacre, Supermayer, No Age, Vivian Girls, Shepard Fairey, Themselves,
Gaslight Anthem, The Knux, Mexican Institute of Sound, The Night Marchers,
Marshall Barnes.

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