Radiohead, Black Keys, Dr Dre Headline 2012 Coachella Lineup
The lineup for this year’s Coachella Music Valley Music and Arts Festival was announced Tuesday, and the headliners are Radiohead, Black Keys and Dr. Dre. More commonly known simply as Coachella, this year’s festival will feature more than 125 bands over two weekends – the first time since the festival was founded that it has stretched over more than a single weekend. The shows will take place April 13-15 as well as the following weekend, April 20-22. If the number of headliners doesn’t seem to match with the number of days, it’s because every band will play both weekends.
But, just as it is every year, the headliners aren’t the only notable artists heading out to the desert of Indio, Calif., where the festival is held at the Empire Polo Club. The reunion of At The Drive-In is one of the biggest stories of the year. After a fairly unfriendly breakup at the height of their success in 2001, band members consistently went on record as saying a reunion was unlikely, but the band wrote a Tweet Monday, preceding the Coachella announcement: “¡ ATTENTION ! To whom it may concern: AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silence THIS STATION IS…NOW…OPERATIONAL”
Though British band Pulp reunited last year for a series of festivals in the U.K., the Coachella dates mark the first 2012 dates for the band. Similarly, Jeff Mangum, the reclusive lead singer and songwriter for indie cult-superstars Neutral Milk Hotel, will play the festival, after playing a handful of smaller shows last year. Prior to those shows, Mangum rarely made appearances since 1998, the same year that Neutral Milk Hotel released the landmark indie album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.
Other notable acts in the always eclectic lineup this year this year include Snoop Dogg, the Shins, Florence + the Machine, David Guetta, Arctic Monkeys and Jimmy Cliff.