Last year it was Paul McCartney. This year it’s vampires, cartoon characters and electric Coke-bottle players taking the lead at Coachella.
On the bill for this year’s fest, which runs April 16-18 at the Empire Polo Fields near Indio, California: both Vampire Weekend and, straight from the “Twilight Saga: New Moon” soundtrack, author Stephenie Meyer’s favorite band, Muse; cartoon collaboration Gorillaz; and the Dead Weather, the latest band from Jack White, who concocted the oddest electric guitar of the year for the documentary “It Might Get Loud.”
Continuing the movie theme, Charlotte Gainsbourg, who starred in Lars von Trier’s recent “AntiChrist” and has a new collaboration with Beck coming out this month.
Other top names: Jay-Z, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, MGMT, Spoon, Julian Casablancas and, in a rare but always unpredictable appearance, Sly Stone and a new version of the Family Stone.
Sly joins other blasts from the past: Grace Jones, Devo, Gary Numan and Echo and the Bunnymen.)
"Once again, Coachella strikes an amazing balance of exciting emerging artists,” Jason Bentley, KCRW Music Director and host of "Morning Becomes Eclectic," told TheWrap, “paired with thoughtful headliners and classic reunions."
Tickets go on sale on Jan. 22, 2010.
The complete 2010 line-up:
Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Deadmau5, Public Image Limited, the Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Benny Benassi, Fever Ray, Grace Jones, She & Him, Erol Alkan, the Avett Brothers, Calle 13, the Whitest Boy Alive, the Cribs, La Roux, Yeasayer, Lucero, DJ Lance Rock, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Proxy, Ra Ra Riot, Deer Tick, Wolfgang Gartner, Aeroplane, Iglu & Hartly, Sleigh Bells, P.O.S., Baroness, Hockey, Little Dragon, White Rabbits, Wale, Kate Miller-Heidke, As Tall as Lions, Jets Overhead, Alana Grace, Pablo Hassan.
Muse, Faith No More, Tiësto, MGMT, David Guetta, the Dead Weather, Hot Chip, Devo, Coheed and Cambria, Kaskade, 2Many DJ’s, Major Lazer, Dirty Projectors, Gossip, Z-Trip, The xx, John Waters, Les Claypool, the Raveonettes, Mew, Sia, Camera Obscura, Tokyo Police Club, Porcupine Tree, Old Crow Medicine Show, Aterciopalados, Bassnectar, Frightened Rabbit, Dirty South, Flying Lotus, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pretty Lights, Shooter Jennings, RX Bandits, the Almighty Defenders, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Craze & Klever, Zoe, the Temper Trap, Portugal, Band of Skulls, Girls, Beach House, Steel Train, Frank Turner.
Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, De La Soul, Julian Casablancas, Plastikman, Gary Numan, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, MUTEMATH, Deerhunter, Infected Mushroom, Club 75, Matt & Kim, the Big Pink, Gil Scott-Heron, King Khan and the Shrines, Florence and the Machine, Yann Tiersen, Little Boots, Miike Snow, Talvin Singh, Ceu, B.o.B., Babasonicos, Owen Pallett, the Glitch Mob, Mayer Hawthorne, Local Natives, Rusko, The Middle East, Hadouken!, the Soft Pack, Kevin Devine, Paparazzi, Delphic, One EskimO.