Coachella Has Announced Its Lineup And Rock Is Beyond(ce) Dead

Written by | January 5, 2017 5:38 | No Comments

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Sure Radiohead is one of my top bands to see live, but beside them, this new Coachella line-up clearly lacks of interest for me. Kendrick Lamar was great at the FYF fest, but the presence of Beyoncé, rumored months ahead of the announcement, surely tells us two things. First, Coachella has definitively given up at trying to distinguish itself from mainstream – when you invite the biggest pop star in the world, there is no return, who’s next? Taylor Swift in 2018? – then, rock and roll is definitively dead.

Forget about the three headliners, do you see any big (even small) rock act in this lineup? I know, there’s nothing really new, but I get the impression it gets worst and worst every year. If you are not a hip hop or EDM fan, this line up is bad news for you.

The acts actually falls into 3 categories, the DJ/electronics/hip hop category I don’t care at all for – and there are a lot of them – the who-are-these-people category – and there is actually a large overlap with the previous category – the category of bands I have already seen at small clubs, theaters and festivals in LA, such as Father John Misty (I have seen him so many times it is becoming ridiculous), Mac DeMarco (he is playing the FYF Fest each year), Capital Cities, Jagwar Ma, Zipper Club, Tennis, the Lemon Twigs, Joseph, Local Natives, Warpaint, Classixx, Kaleo, Chicano Batman, Grouplove, Devendra Banhart, Real Estate, Allah-Las, Caveman…

At this point, I have the feeling other festivals are winning over Coachella, the FYF fest had Kendrick first (last year) while offering much more diversity in its lineup with many punk rock acts, while Radiohead has already signed for many other festivals all over the world. Coachella has zero exclusivity. As for Beyonce, the queen of mainstream, she is everywhere, and 2017 will be the year when the Superbowl and Coachella started to share the same artists. Another step toward the decline of the civilization.

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