Last year was my first Coachella experience, and needless to say, it was mind blowing. Regardless of the heat, being able to immerse myself with friends and that much musical talent was incredible. The result were some of the best memories of my adult life. Since I left the Polo Grounds in Indio, California last year, I have been anxiously wanting to go back.
A few days ago the 2012 Coachella lineup was announced, there are a lot of bands I have never heard of, but one of the great things about this festival is being able to discover new music. I’m excited to be able to find out who these bands are, and if there are any suggestions any of you have in regards to bands I should check out that are on the bill, I’d love to hear them.
Bands/emcees/dj’s I’m excited to see: The Black Keys (I saw them last year and was disappointed. Here’s hoping they put on a better show), Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, LA Riots, R3hab, Afrojack, Swedish House Mafia, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, A$AP Rocky, Santigold, Manchester Orchestra, Miike Snow, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Company Flow, araabMUZIK, DJ Shadow, The Hives, Calvin Harris, Florence and the Machine, At the Drive In, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (I’ve seen both years ago at the Up in Smoke Tour, but this will be epic. Hopefully this will be some sort of prequel to an actual Detox album).
The festival is full of surprises, and with this kind of bill, I’m anticipating a few.
There are a few surprises in regards to people I thought would be on the bill – The Beastie Boys, MIA, Danny Brown, Kid Cudi, Lana Del Ray, Bloc Party, Jay-Z and Kanye (especially with both emcees headlining the festival the last two years), Sleigh Bells, The Killers, Chromeo, Ratatat, Tyler the Creator, Skylar Grey, Major Lazer, Little Dragon, Slaughterhouse and Queens of the Stone Age.
Here’s hoping for another mind blowing experience.