The Web is Abuzz with Coachella Rumors
The upcoming Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival has stirred up a storm of gossip and buzz on the Web. With its artist lineup including more than 170 musicians, bands and DJs, Coachella brings forth a palette of performances that sum up 2013’s most compelling acts. For those who were lucky enough to beat the stampede of ticket shoppers looking to snag a pass before the festival’s swift sellout, Coachella 2013 is just moments away.
This Year’s Headliners Are…
Fanatics anxiously awaiting Coachella’s lineup announcement were widely met with confusion upon seeing this year’s headliners. Observations largely led to rumors of The Rolling Stones headlining Coachella 2013. A screenshot of Coachella listed as a tour date on the band’s official mobile app and a photo of what appeared to be a round stone in a grassy field posted by Goldenvoice made The Rolling Stones a confirmed act, right? Wrong. Goldenvoice later pointed out that the photo was of a polo ball in a polo field as a reference to the festival’s venue, otherwise known as the Empire Polo Club.
The prestigious top billings for each of the three-day weekends include The Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. “The Stone who?” was a question that rampantly spread across the Web upon the January 3rd lineup announcement. One Tumblr blog even published streams of Tweets by people who had never heard of the Manchester-based rock band before. However, festivalgoers who are discontent with the reunion band’s top billing will find a plethora of other artists and attractions at Coachella 2013.
Don’t Miss A Beat
Goldenvoice holds a reputation for populating its lineup with a diverse distribution of acts from all genres. With more than 170 artists to choose from, it’s hard to be dissatisfied. Notable acts aside from the top billed headliners include Dog Blood (a side project duo between Skrillex and Boys Noize), The Wu-Tang Clan, The Postal Service and many more. There’s an abundance of renowned acts and talented performers to choose from.
Coachella provides a performance set time scheduler online, cleverly named the “Coachooser,” which can sync with the Official Coachella mobile app to keep track of personal favorites. Attendees can also use the app and festival map to take note of the Empire Polo Club’s layout and plan each day’s route ahead of time to maximize their experience. It can be expected that popular acts will be met with a swell of audience members. Some attendees strategically make their way to a desired crowd spot earlier in the day to claim a front row seat to their later favorite acts.
Could the Daft Punk Rumors Be True?
As per usual, fans are buzzing with anticipation of a surprise appearance by Daft Punk at this year’s Coachella. Daft Punk’s new album “Random Access Memories,” slated for a May 2013 release, has inspired many to rumor that a live performance would be chronologically appropriate. Sony Music-owned VEVO also listed Coachella as a single tour date on Daft Punk’s artist page leading to a spike of curiosity. However, an official rep for the French duo has announced that Daft Punk will not be playing at this year’s festival and the listing has since been removed.
Online forums are swarming with new speculations every day as we count down to the event. All the anticipation spells out a stellar year for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Passes are sold out and ticketholders are making final camping preparations as packages containing wristbands are arriving in mailboxes and on doorsteps. Coachella 2013 is a breath away and fans are bursting with excitement.
Who are you most excited to see at this year’s Coachella? And where do you get the latest buzz?
— By Andrew Flores
Andrew Flores is the Editor-in-Chief of AmplifiedAccess.com and a music technology connoisseur. Follow him on Twitter at @andrewjflo.