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Portishead, Roger Waters Top 2008 Coachella Lineup

Coachella Music Fest Lineup: Hipsters, Start Your Engines!

While the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has become a giant, crowded experience that has gone increasingly Hollywood over the years, the festival still continues to book some pretty excellent bands. At first glance, this year's lineup, announced Monday at a press conference in Mexico City, has some folks feeling underwhelmed. Still, there's enough good stuff planned for the three days of fun in the Southern California desert that music fans like myself will still want to get busy mapping out the bands they want to see from April 25 to 27.

The big news this year is a performance by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, who will re-create Dark Side of the Moon, as well as a Portishead reunion, according to the LA Times. The festival organizers also confirmed what had been rumored for months: They're bringing a Coachella-style music festival to the East Coast. On Aug. 8 to 10, the first All Points West Music & Arts Festival will take place at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. This might be a good option for the not-so-outdoorsy music lover, because it won't have camping a la Cochella.

For more information about how to get tickets and to hear about some of the bands from the 125-act lineup that caught my eye,


Tickets for Coachella will go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday, Jan. 26. Three-day passes are $269 plus taxes and fees, and single-day tickets are $90 each. More info is available here.

It's pretty hard to top the earth-shattering Rage Against the Machine reunion from last year; however, there are some pretty cool recently united bands performing this year, including the Verve and the Breeders. I'd love to see Death Cab for Cutie, My Morning Jacket, M.I.A., Fat Boy Slim, and Rilo Kiley. I'm also really curious about how bands like Vampire Weekend sound live.

As festival season continues to ramp up, there will be a lot more news out of Coachella and other music festivals, including more details on ticket sales and lineup for All Points West, so stay tuned!


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JessNess JessNess 9 years
ugh its going to be disgustingly hot and dusty
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I LOVE THIS! I just moved about 20 min away from the coachella concert!! I can't wait! i am SOOOO excited for Flogging Molly!!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I really want to see Rilo Kiley and M.I.A.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
M.I.A is coming back with power power.
angelaevans angelaevans 9 years
I'll tell you what...I am happy to see Mark Ronson on the lineup. He is a great producer (Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse) that should put something really interesting together for the show. Anyone that can take a Kasabian or Radiohead song, give it a lounge vibe, and not ruin it is amazing to me.
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 9 years
I would go just for Portishead, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will be at ACL this year.
SeptemberGurl SeptemberGurl 9 years
death cab would be great to see, but moreso in a smaller, club environment. i saw the Verve play Lollapalooza when their first album came out and they were amazing...i agree that the list is underwhelming, tho. i've not been as impressed since the 2004 lineup (mostly because I was pissed I couldn't go and Radiohead headlined - speaking of which, if they DO play APW fest, that's a possibility!) 2005 or 6 with Nine Inch Nails... there are a number of bands i'd be interested to see[M.I.A., The National, Sharon Jones & the DapKings, Minus the Bear, etc.], but considering I'd have to go across the country...that'd be well out of my budget for this year. :(
nancita nancita 9 years
I'm surprised by the Roger Waters inclusion but that's pretty cool. I saw him several years ago, and he was actually an amazing performer who really connected with the crowd. I think it was more like seeing Pink Floyd than it would be to see the actual PF now.
radarkitty radarkitty 9 years
Portishead? No way!
Kaysnowboarder Kaysnowboarder 9 years
Wow buzz, thanks for keeping us up to date on this great festival!!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Roger Waters. :zzz: I only like Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd. The rest is so boring, and GAH, could I sound any more like a pretentious hipster there? :oy: I just read on that Pitchfork page that they're planning another festival in Jersey City later in the summer. :woohoo: I can't make it to Cali every year but I can make the 2 hour drive to JC. Except my fear of crowds and hot summer days will probably keep me away from that one, too. I would love to see My Morning Jacket again - they are AMAZING live. And I never saw Rilo Kiley live but I did see Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins and she blew me away. And I am the only person I know who doesn't like Death Cab. Ben Gibbard's voice makes me want to slam my head into a cement wall.
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