Coachella Line-Up 2012

by Allison Walker (Journalism/Cinema Studies), published January 24th 2012

This year’s Coachella line-up has a palette for everyone’s tastes. Artists range from Swedish DJ and master of house music, Avicii, to the melodious, indie-folk band, Bon Iver. Genres at the newly crowned two-weekend festival include techno, hip-hop, indie rock, folk, blues, garage rock, psychedelia and electronic.

The sold-out festival has been catering to a mighty desert folk for thirteen years and this year’s line up recruited some of the best acts in music for 2012. AEG has definitely reached its golden hands into the pockets of the hipsters, gangsters and frat boys of the world. Anticipated closers for Coachella, which will be taking place in the thick of April on the 13-15 and the 20-22, include The Black Keys on Friday, Radiohead on Saturday and Dr. Dre on back-to-back Sundays.

Artists I have deemed as ‘must see’ are: The Arctic Monkeys, Cat Power, Dawes, M. Ward, Swedish House Mafia, M83, Neon Indian, Alesso, The Black Keys [Friday], Andrew Bird, Black Lips, Bon Iver, Feist, Grouplove, Laura Marling, Miike Snow, The Shins, Radiohead, St. Vincent [Saturday], AraabMUZIK, Beirut, AVICII, Dada Life, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Oberhofer, Santigold, Real Estate, Metronomy, Calvin Harris, The Weeknd and Gardens & Villa [Sunday].

Granted I have probably left out some acts that will hold strong the epic Coachella name and some acts that may encompass the power to single handedly destroy it- I foresee two weekends of rarely attainable entertainment.

HOORAY COACHELLA (I’m not going). Enjoy the crowds, the camping, the commute, the kick-ass artists and that clear Indio, California sky.

Full artist line-up:

Friday (April 13th, 20th)
Alesso, Amon Tobin, Arctic Monkeys, Atari Teenage Riot, Band of Skulls, Breakbot, Cat Power, Datsik, Dawes, Death Grips, EMA, Explosions in the Sky, Feed Me, Frank Ocean, GIRLS, GIVERS, Hello Seahorse!, honeyhoney, James, Jimmy Cliff & Tim Armstrong, Kendrick Lamar, LA Riots, M83, Madeon, Madness, Manchester Orchestra, Mazzy Star, Neon Indian, Other Lives, Pulp, R3hab, Refused, Sean Kuti & Egypt 80, Swedish House Mafia, The Black Angels, The Black Keys, The Dear Hunter, The Horrors, The Midnight Beast, The Rapture, The Sheepdogs, Wolf Gang, WU LYF, Ximena Sarinana Yuck

Saturday (April 14th, 21st)
A$AP Rocky, Andrew Bird, AWOLNATION, Azealia Banks, Black Lips, Bon Iver, Borgore, Buzzocks, Childish Gambino, David Guetta, Destroyer, Destructo, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Feist, firehouse, Flying Lotus, Gary Clark Jr., Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Grouplove, Jacques Lu Cont, Jeff Magnum, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasbian, Kaskade, Keep Shelly Athens, Laura Marling, M. Ward, Martin Solveig, Miike Snow, Mt Eden, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Pure Filth Sound, Radiohead, SBTRKT, SebastiAn, Squeeze, St. Vincent, Sub Focus, Suedehead, The Big Pink, The Head and the Heart, The Shins, The Vaccines, tUnE-yArDs, We are Augustines, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Zeds Dead

Sunday (April 15th, 22nd)
AraabMUZIK, At The Drive-In, AVICII, Beats Antique, Beirut, Calvin Harris, Company Flow, Dada Life, DJ Shadow, Dragonette, Fanfarlo, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Florence and the Machine, Flux Pavilion & Dr. P, Gardens & Villa, Girl Talk, Gotye, Greg Ginn, Housse de Racket, Justice, La Roux, Lissie, Metronomy, Modeselektor, Morgan Page, Nero, NOISI?, Oberhofer, Porter Robinson, Real Estate, Santigold, Sebastian Ingrosso, Sleeper Agent, Spector, The Gaslamp Killer, The Growlers, The Hives, The Weeknd, Wild Beasts, Wild Flag, Zedd

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