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    Fri, 08 Apr 2011 17:53:14

    Who You NEED To See at Coachella 2011 - Ted Lepore previews the 2011 edition of Coachella

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    It took only six days for the 2011 Coachella Music Festival to sell out of tickets. These aren’t $50 to $75 dollar tickets either folks. We’re talking $270 to $500 to even $1000 dollars depending on how you roll to a three-day festival. Take that recession; music will kick your ass any day. Now, instead of rambling on about the past Coachella festivals and their line-ups verses this years, we’re gonna move past all that has past and focus on devouring this three day smorgasbord of artists and crazy live performances. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual throwdown that takes place at the Empire Polo Field in the city of Indio, California. Celebrating it’s 12th year running amuck in the desert city, April 15th, 16th and 17th will mark this years three day dosage of camping, parties and live music pumping from multiple stages and tents throughout the venue. This year will pull no punches delivering a splendid array of indie, hip-hop, dance, electro, dubstep and other eargasmic performances that will reign down on Coachellans from noon till full moon (bring a jacket, it’s the desert). If you are the rugged, outdoorsy type music lover, you can kick it on the campground site provided on the adjacent field to the venue where you can sing karaoke, shop, shower and even park your car by your tent (visit coachella.com for the latest info). If you want a camping spot, you had better get on it early for they sell out very quick. The price of your ticket notwithstanding, you are going to empty your pockets at any of the surrounding hotels for this festival, so it’s good to plan ahead and save a few pennies for that weekend. Last year offered re-entry into the festival directly from the campgrounds and hopefully that will continue this year.

    Arcade Fire  Cee Lo Green  Mumford & Sons

    The Coachella Music Festival is eclectic offering local flavors as well as revival acts, side projects, solo projects, coming-uppers with a buzz, indie acts and DJs and producers. The top billed artists taking the festivals main stages this year include Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, The Strokes, Duran Duran, and Kanye West. The Grammy award-winning duo The Black Keys will be there amongst the company of other critically acclaimed acts such as Interpol, Cee Lo Green and English folk breakouts Mumford & Sons. Everything from Sleigh Bells to The Kills to Flogging Molly will be filling up your precious hours with sonic delights from their classic LPs. In addition to the 80’s heavyweights Duran Duran, we’re going to get some powerful blasts from the past filling our nostalgia quota with the likes of Mick Jones from the Clash coming back in his Big Audio Dynamite project and British chart toppers The London Suede finally returning to American shores. Toronto’s Death from Above 1979 will reunite to play at Coachella after a five-year hiatus. There’s something about these festivals that just brings out the best in people, so much so they come back to the limelight, even if it’s just for the weekend. You’ve even got hip-hop legends like Lauryn Hill returning to the mic alongside veterans Nas and Damian Marley, Raphael Saadiq and current Philly phenom Wiz Khalifa to look forward to, it’s going to be a blast!

    The Strokes  The Black Keys  Duran Duran

    Each day of the Coachella will provide festival goers with plenty of entertainment and although you may be partial to a particular day, the lineups are colorful, eclectic and jam-packed with talent from Friday to Sunday. The main stages are as follows: The Coachella Stage, The Outdoor Theatre, The Gobi Tent, The Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent. There are still plenty of surprises to be unveiled at the Empire Polo field and this could include new tents and stages for more access.

    The Kills  Sleigh Bells  Flogging Molly

    The electronic, dance, techno and dubstep fanatics are really going to get their fill as this year’s roster includes some new technology heavy hitters. Despite all the mounting rumors that the French robotic geniuses Daft Punk would be frying our circuits from the main stage this year, in fact they will not be performing. You might think this leaves a void in the festivities, but rest assured, there will be more than enough electricity being conducted into your brain by this years artists. This year they are bringing out The Chemical Brothers, Laidback Luke, Dutch master Fedde Le Grand, DJ Sasha, dubstep demon Caspa, Grammy nominated electronic producer Paul van Dyk, Afrojack, London producer SBTRKT, New York City’s Ratatat, the Berlin based anarchists BOYS NOIZE, Duck Sauce, A-Trak and LA trailblazing producer Skrillex to name a few.

    Lauryn Hill  Raphael Saadiq  Wiz Khalifa

    In the realm of solo sets, we can expect great performances from Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke and the Killers' Brandon Flowers. On the other end of the spectrum, we get to see Ben Harper’s super group collabo that features George Harrison’s son Dhani and singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur. There are also some developing projects coming to light at the festival as Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha will be performing with his other project titled One Day as a Lion featuring Jon Theodore of Mars Volta fame on the drums and Joey Karam on the keyboards. Ozomatli will be bringing their brand of Latin salsa funk to the table and Australian chart toppers Empire of the Sun will also be gracing the grounds with their electro pop infusion.

    The Chemical Brothers  Ratatat  Skrillex

    So there you have it, under a week till the festivities begin and make no mistakes; there will be plenty of before and after parties to keep you occupied. This may seem like a pricey festival to some, but in light of all the terrific acts booked throughout the weekend, you are definitely getting your money’s worth. These are the weekends that make your summer worthwhile and if you decided you’re a sleep under the stars kind of partygoer, you won’t be alone on this journey. The 2011 Coachella Valley Music Arts Festival will once again do what it does best and bring us all together in the desert for an amazing weekend of sights and sounds. See you all there!

    The Complete Coachella 2011 line-up is here, and if you can't make the big show, you can watch it unfold on YouTube.

    —Ted Lepore

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    Tags: Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, The Strokes, Duran Duran, Big Audio Dynamite, The Black Keys, Interpol, Cee Lo Green, Mumford & Sons, Sleigh Bells, The Kills, Flogging Molly, The London Suede, Death from Above 1979, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, Raphael Saadiq, Wiz Khalifa, The Chemical Brothers, Laidback Luke, Paul van Dyk, Afrojack, Fedde Le Grand, Caspa, SBTRKT, Ratatat, Boys Noize, Duck Sauce, A-Trak, Skrillex, Brandon Flowers, Kele Okereke, Ben Harper, Joseph Arthur, Dhani Harrison, One Day as a Lion, Ozomatli, Empire of the Sun

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