The beauty of the indio valley can be at times overwhelming to attendees of the infamous Coachella Music festival. The desert sun drenches concert goers with its warmth late into the day, making attending the festival a feat of epic proportions, both mentally and physically. With little on but bikini bottoms, floral headdresses and army boots, Coachella goers- or coachies as I prefer- are usually drenched in a mixture of sweat, dirt and enthusiasm. The beauty of Coachella lies in its serendipitous amalgamation of indie bands and mainstream acts. It's the mixture of Eminem and Florence, Madeon and Childish Gambino, The Head and the Heart and Grace Potter. It's the old and the new. The known and the unknown. Criticized for becoming too commercialized, Coachella, has drawn heat from its critics for having too many top fourty acts filling its ever expanding lineup. A cardinal sin according to most self described audio files. But music is music is music is music, plain and simple. The physical and emotional enjoyment of music comes not from the number of records sold nor from the size of concert venue a band can fill. It comes from the relationships and memories you build while listening to that band that your friend told you about that one time last summer after that crazy night out when you met that guy with that Tshirt you loved, and every time you think back that one song keeps playing in your head. That's music. And that's what this years festival promises.
Reading the lineup gives you that heady feeling of anticipation that only comes with genuine excitement. Tried and true favourites like Blur and The Stone Roses mix faultlessly with up-coming-acts like Alt-J and Tame Impala. Oh and did I mention Lou Reed is going to be playing? Lou Fucking Reed. A personal favourite, Pheonix, will be fulfilling the wet dream of many a tried and true music fan when they take the stage in April as well. And a little hint for those needing to know more- electronic dance legends Daft Punk turned up as guests for a Pheonix show at New York's Madison Square Garden two years ago and filmmaker Sofia Coppola tapped their music for her flick Somewhere so you can be sure some of the bands famous celebrity followers will be in attendance at this years festival.
While certainly less commercial than last year’s headliners, Coachella 2013 promises a genuine mix of musical acts to satisfy any palate. Whatever your preference may be, you will find it here. So start stocking up on spray water bottles and sunscreen because Coachella 2013 is about to burn a music filled hole right into your life.
Tickets go on Sale January 29th on www.coachella.com
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