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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Releases 2005 Line-Up

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Coachella is a huge music and arts festival that takes place a few hours east of Los Angeles. It’s a big deal and seems to be getting bigger.

Stay tuned to BlogCritics.org for the latest on Coachella leading right up to the big weekend.

Straight from the press release kids…

Saturday, April 30th: Coldplay, Bauhaus, Weezer, Cocteau Twins, The Chemical Brothers, Wilco, Keane, Snow Patrol, Rilo Kiley, Cafe Tacuba, Doves, Sage Francis, Armin Van Buuren, The Raveonettes, Bloc Party, Mercury Rev, Fantomas, Hernan Cattaneo, Zap Mama, DJ Peretz, The Secret Machines, Jamie Cullum, M83, Ambulance LTD, Four Tet, MF Doom, Josh Wink, Amp Fiddler, Tiga, The Kills, Donavon Frankenreiter, Spoon, Boom Bip, Katie Melua, DJ Marky, Immortal Technique, Jean Grae, Razorlight, Swayzak, Radio 4, Buck 65, Eisley, The Sexy Magazines, k-os.

Sunday, May 1st: Nine Inch Nails, New Order, Bright Eyes, Gang of Four, Prodigy, Black Star, The Faint, Roni Size, The Arcade Fire, Roots Manuva, DJ Krush, Thrice, Junkie XL, M.I.A., British Sea Power, The Dresden Dolls, Miss Kittin, The Fiery Furnaces, Aesop Rock, The Perceptionists, Jem, Autolux, Sixtoo, Tegan and Sara, Stereophonics, The Bravery, Matthew Dear, Diplo, Subtle, Beans, Shout Out Louds, The Futureheads, Sloan, Kasabian, The Blood Brothers, Matmos, Wolf Eyes, Gram Rabbit, Smokestacks, Zion I.

Expect music fans to head to the Southern California desert for the sixth COACHELLA MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL in Indio. Concert-goers will have the chance to see performances from Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Bauhaus, New Order, Weezer, Bright Eyes, Cocteau Twins, The Chemical Brothers, Wilco, Prodigy and a Gang of Four reunion (the complete line-up–as of 1/31–is listed below). Returning COACHELLA performers include: Bright Eyes, Café Tacuba, The Chemical Brothers, DJ Peretz, Eisley, Hernan Cattaneo, Prodigy, Roni Size, Sage Francis and Weezer. The Chemical Brothers and Prodigy will perform their sets in the Sahara Tent (the largest of the dance tents at the festival).

Tickets for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 go on sale this Saturday, February 5 at 12 Noon. More than 90 acts will perform this year, marking the largest collection of artists at the critically acclaimed festival. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (213) 480-3232 and at all Ticketmaster retail ticket centers or via www.ticketmaster.com. General admission tickets are priced at $80.00 for a one-day ticket and $150.00 for two-day pass, plus applicable service charges and a $1 donation per day for charity. Note that there is an eight ticket limit per person. In the Coachella festival tradition, there is free parking and the doors to the venue will open at 11:00 AM on both days. Parking lots and the box office open at 9:00 AM.

In addition, camping will go sale at the same time and is available for anyone 18 and over. The cost is $35 for a three-night stay (Friday, April 29 at 3:00 PM through Monday, May 2 at 10:00 AM). The campground facilities will include a general store, food court, restrooms, showers and shade areas. The COACHELLA campground is conveniently located adjacent to the festival grounds and campers may park in a special camping parking lot next to the campground. Parking is included with the price of each camping ticket.

For information about nearby hotels, camping facilities, restaurants and more, check out www.coachella.com.

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  • Eric Olsen

    wow, that’s quite a lineup – you should cover it for us!

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    (An idea-light bulb forms true and bright in the far-reaches of the Southern California sprawl…)

  • Eric Olsen

    people might be interested in taking a gander at some of the latest releases from this august and disparate selection of musical notables

  • Juan Hernandez

    I’ve been to Coachella once and it was one of the most incredible nights of my life! The music is bumping and the people are all there to have fun. This is a great experience for anybody that loves music, not just one genre of music. I would suggest to attend this years Coachella due to the large turn out of artist and the venue is awsome. I will try to make it out from San francisco this year and have another fantastic time.

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    The two Erics have a fake conversation for the world. You both covered this in the Yahoo group, no? He’s covering it. You both already know that.

    C’mon don’t fake the fake.

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    He started it…

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    I had a blast last year (the greatest geek chic experience of all time), but I’m not sold on this year yet. I’m thinking I will probably save the money for some other trip.

    Day 2 is definitely worth it (especially if you’re in SoCal) for NIN, New Order, Prodigy and Arcade Fire. I don’t think Day 1’s worth $80 — the only person worth seeing is Armin Van Buuren and Bauhaus hasn’t even confirmed yet.

    The DJ/EDM lineup looks especially weak, which is bad because the Sahara Tent was a good fall-back last year to get out of the sun.

    The festival itself has a great vibe and lots of hot chicks who are high and fun to party with, but lots of traffic.

    That is all.

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Oh, and you’ll bump into lots of random celebrities moving through the crowds like Jared Leto looking really, really relaxed.

    That is all.

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    I’d actually vote for Day One if I had to choose, on the strength of Weezer and Wilco alone.

    Bob – I hope you didn’t take advantage of any of the high pretty young ladies…

  • Eric Olsen

    I wouldn’t know Jared Leto if he wore a name tag

  • morningglorycomewithme

    Is this festival known for as a place to hook up with lots of people? (Do you reccomend camping) . Or are most people really there for the music? people who have gone before?

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    I’ve heard it described as “hook up central,” but with the a heavy accent on the ‘tral’ of “central.” Take that for what it’s worth.