Hard rockers Tool join art rockers Depeche Mode as headliners for the seventh annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, taking place April 29th and 30th at Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. This will be the first U.S. performance for Tool since 2002.
Depeche Mode, who will close the first day, join the festival's history of revisiting influential Eighties groups, with past events headlined by the Cure, the Beastie Boys and the Pixies. And Tool, who joined Rage Against the Machine on the debut festival's closing night in 1999, will headline the Sunday lineup.
Other acts among the eighty slated to perform include New Wavers Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party, last year's breakout rockers My Morning Jacket, disco darlings Scissor Sisters, and Brooklyn indies the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV on the Radio. Mellower artists include alt-folkie Cat Power and ambient Icelandic outfit Sigur Ros. Common, Atmosphere, Lady Sovereign, the reunited Digable Planets, and Tricky bring the beats, along with DJs Danger Mouse and Paul Oakenfold. And reggae's younger generation is represented by Damian Marley and Hasidic rasta Matisyahu.
Also on the schedule are several acts that earned buzz over the last year: new-folkies Animal Collective and Devendra Banhart; ethereal British singer-songwriters Imogen Heap and James Blunt; rockers Living Things, Wolf Parade amd Nine Black Alps; ecstatic acts Deerhoof and the Go! Team; U.K. Smiths disciples the Dears; and Swedish psychedelic outfit Dungen. Indie regulars will include hard-rocking trio Sleater-Kinney, the ambient Mogwai, Coheed and Cambria, Giant Drag and the Walkmen.
A DVD of the new documentary Coachella, which features two hours of performances from the last six festivals — by a diverse range of artists, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the Arcade Fire — is available for pre-order with the 2006 event's two-day pass.
Last year, an estimated 50,000 fans attended each day of the two-day festival, which hosted the likes of Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Wilco and Weezer. Tickets for Coachella will go on sale Saturday, February 4th.