While music festival season isn’t yet upon us, the season of revealing much-anticipated line ups is.
This year’s headliners are Gorillaz, Muse and Jay-Z, but the real attractions are the lower-tier headliners like LCD Soundsystem, Thom Yorke and of course the reunion of the season. Every summer, a big-band-reunion pops up in the festival circuit, a trend that began when Rage Against the Machine joined forces once again for the Coachella ’07. This year, the talked about Pavement reunion fills that slot.
And the fact that the supergroup to end all supergroups, Them Crooked Vultures is on the bill can’t hurt ticket sales either. The band consists of John Paul Jones of a little band called Led Zeppelin, Dave Grohl of The Foo Fighters and Nirvana, and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal.
But perhaps the biggest “huh?” of the festival line up is that surrounding the inclusion of Sly and the Family Stone. Sly Stone, the front man of a band that first appeared on the radar in 1966 hasn’t released music since he was arrested for possession of cocaine in 1987. Looks like he’s back, filling the oldie-but-goodie slot in the line up, filled by Leonard Cohen at last year’s festival.
Other bands performing are fashion runway favourites like Gossip, Major Lazer, Dead Weather and The XX. Serge Gainsbourg’s beautiful songbird daughter Charlotte, whose recent album was produced by Beck, is also on the bill, as are indie favourites Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit and Vampire Weekend.
The festival takes place every year in the third weekend of April, this year on the 16th-18th, in Indio Valley, California. Tickets go on sale January 22, 2010 for a whopping but worth it $269 USD