After months of speculation, leaked lineups and hipsters spreading rumors "from friends," the Coachella 2012 lineup is out. As already widely reported, Radiohead are one of the headliners, closing out the festival's two Saturday nights (April 14th and 21st). The Black Keys, who've been predicted to appear as well, are topping the two Fridays, April 13th and 20th. But one headlining act no one foretold, at least that we saw, are hip-hop icons Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, wrapping up both weekends on April 15th and 22th.
This year marks the first time Coachella will expand to two weekends. While many have wondered how Goldenvoice would be able to pull off arranging matching lineup for both weekends, the promoters have come through with a classic Coachella talent roster. Every key ingredient of past Coachellas is represented on the 2012 edition.
Major dance headliners -- how about Swedish House Mafia, Kaskade, Justice, David Guetta and AVICII?
Reunions? Check, in the form of At the Drive-In, Swedish hardcore cult heroes Refused, Pulp, Mazzy Star and the postpunk group fIREHOSE. And the current crop of alternative stars are well represented, from Florence + the Machine and Bon Iver to the Shins and Miike Snow.
The celebrated veterans spot, which in past years has seen the likes of Leonard Cohen, is represented this year by Jimmy Cliff. Other highlights we have circled include Cat Power, Madness, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, St. Vincent, Feist, M83, Amon Tobin, Givers, the Weeknd, Nero, Santigold – in fact, too many more to count.