The Swarm

January 26, 2009

Coachella 2009: The Story So Far...

Todd C. Roberts

UPDATE: The Official Lineup… Finally also on the Coachella site

UPDATE: Finally, Coachella Lineup Announcement Coming Tomorrow (via LAist)

The internet just let out a big sigh of relief at 5:02 p.m. when KROQ updated their twitter saying that they will announce Coachella’s lineup tomorrow morning sometime during Kevin & Bean.

UPDATE: Coachella organizers say ‘we’re not stalling’... (via LA Times)

In the interest of reducing world Internet traffic, we can tell you that the lineup for the 2009 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will NOT be announced today. That’s according to Paul Tollett, the chief architect of the signature California rock festival, who feels the pain of fans who JUST. NEED. TO. KNOW.

Tollett says, “I know everybody is going crazy, but we’re not stalling, we’re still working on the show. Everything we do is in service of the show, not in service of the announcement of the show. Believe me, we’re excited to tell everybody and we want to tell everybody, but the show is still being put together.”

So lay off the refresh button, kid.

UPDATE: Ryan Seacrest tries to boost indie cred, and fails (via LAist)

So we went straight to the source to ascertain whether the aforementioned line-up was real or not. Of course, Coachella representatives were quick to respond with: “No announcement has been made yet.” And officials later told the LA Times the line up is “completely wrong.”

Although the next best conclusive statement came from none other than Defamer, stating, “Our ex-cousins at Idolator tell us Ryan Seacrest is a closet aerosol-computer-cleaner addict and this list is not trustworthy and may be completely bogus. Further, our pal in the music industry also tells us Katy Perry has a show in Florida that night. So we’ve all been had, and we blame Seacrest. Who can suck it.”

It’s safe to say that we’ve all been had by our own impatience—to the extent that we misconstrued Seacrest as the all-knowing demi-god that he probably thinks he is. FAIL!

UPDATE: LAist (via Idolator):

KROQ on air just said: ”[Coachella hasn’t] finalized the lineup to give it to us. It’s very likely to be today, it could be tomorrow.”

UPDATE: KROQ (via Twitter):

So we plan on announcing The Coachella line-up tomorrow morning… we kinda wanna know who’s playing too. We’ll keep ya in the loop.

McCartney to play under Fireman moniker?

Earlier in the day, an independent confirmation of multiple Grammy Award- winning English singer-songwriter Sir Paul McCartney playing Coachella surfaced on music website Consequence of Sound. The aforementioned website recently provided a substantial glimpse (now totaling some 36 “rumored” artists) into what is shaping up to be the hottest festival this year. And although McCartney is expected to cycle through his usual bevy of hits, it’s safe to say that his performance will focus primarily upon 2008’s Electric Arguments, the third collaborative electronic effort with producer Youth under the moniker the Fireman. Expect an official line-up announcement straight from the horse’s mouth in the coming days.

Mike Patton minus Faith No More, plus Rahzel to perform (via Billboard):

Contrary to rumors that Faith No More will reform to play the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April, the group’s frontman Mike Patton will perform at the event in tandem with beatboxer Rahzel, has learned.

Patton and Rahzel have worked on an album-length collaboration that has yet to see official release, but Rahzel appeared on Patton’s 2006 self-titled album as Peeping Tom, and the two acts also guested on Bjork’s 2007 album “Medulla.”

No Robots, No Ziggy, No Radiohead (via URB):

Coachella has officially denied that this year’s line-up will include performances by Radiohead, Daft Punk and David Bowie, despite extensive reporting to the contrary. The actual line-up for the tenth annual festival is expected to be annouced this week, possibly even today.

Coachella offers Layaway as reported here previously:

The music industry is taking a cue from the retail world this summer. Due to the ailing economy, the public’s empty wallets, and a hefty $269 price tag, Coachella promoter, Goldenvoice, will offer fans something that at one point was only available in stores: layaway.

USA Today reports that fans will have the option to pay half down for the three-day pass, and the rest on April 1, or pay 10 percent followed by equal installments on March 1 and April 1. These options aren’t available for $99 single-day passes to the southern California festival that will take place April 17–19.

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