Okay, so… Coachella. The twice-as-nice American alt-pop party has disclosed its 2013 artist listings in one go, dividing its headline credits between The Stone Roses, Blur, The xx, The Postal Service, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lou Reed, New Order, Vampire Weekend, Wu-Tang Clan, Sigur Rós, Spiritualized, Franz Ferdinand and Tame Impala – who’d be doing the same (headlining, that is) at any other festival – are consigned to the slightly lesser ranks amid a vast live programme.
Talking of Tame Impala, they (alongside Biffy Clyro and Twin Shadow) are new to the bill at Primavera Sound’s Portuguese parallel, Optimus Alive!, and so join Depeche Mode, Kings Of Leon and Green Day.
Not talking of Tame Impala at all, Kentish-rock-festival-in-a-zoo Hevy has confirmed it’ll host an exceedingly rare live appearance by punk fossils Black Flag. They’ll be back in Britain for the first time in thirty years (as original line-up Black Flag), give or take, to give their only GB performance of the year. So, that’s significant.
Also new – and not quite as significant – in Euro FLUUs is a post-festival set by Rihanna at Poland’s Heineken-sponsored Open’er. Whilst she isn’t involved in the official 3-6 Jul event, she’ll play a “special extra show” that’s free to those owning four-day tickets, or an even £93 to all other humans. So, that’s nice.
And now it’s time to move over to itemised additions to the above plus Shropshire pop do Osfest, Bristol’s cool and castle-adjacent Love Saves The Day, and the beyond-retro Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul…
COACHELLA, Empire Polo Club, California, USA, 12-14 Apr/19-21 Apr: The Stone Roses, Blur, The xx, The Postal Service, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, Lou Reed, Jurassic 5, Grinderman, Sigur Rós, Vampire Weekend, Social Distortion, Wu-Tang Clan, Pretty Lights, Eric Prydz, Tame Impala, New Order, Hot Chip, Grizzly Bear, Knife Party, Benny Benassi, Two Door Cinema Club, Bassnectar, Dog Blood (Skrillex & Boys Noize), Moby, Descendents, Yeasayer, Franz Ferdinand, Violent Femmes, Simian Mobile Disco, Spiritualized, How to Destroy Angels , Passion Pit, Tegan & Sara, Band Of Horses, Beach House, Metric, Local Natives, Of Monsters and Men, Infected Mushroom, Japandroids, Divine Fits, Stars, Johnny Marr, Puscifer, Cafe Tacvba, Portugal. The Man, The Make-Up, Bat For Lashes, Richie Hawtin, Major Lazer, Fedde Le Grand, Dropkick Murphys, Foals, Ben Howard, 2 Chainz, Janelle Monae, Danny Brown, Wild Nothing, Booka Shade, Bingo Players, Allen Stone, El-P, The Selecter, Pusha T, Kill The Noise, The Evens, Biffy Clyro, Theophilus London, Baauer, Zane Lowe, Trash Talk, Birdy Nam Nam, Action Bronson, Jason Bentley, The Wombats, Guards, Mona, Savages, Shovels & Rope, Hueratron, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Reignwolf, Cassy, 3Ball MTV, Kids These Days, The 2 Bears, The Couloris, Luciano, Wolfgang Gartner, Nicky Romero, Modestep, Tommy Trash, Thomas Gold, Shouting Matches, Dillon Francis, Four Tet, Aesop Rock, Alt-J, Jello Biafra And The Quantanamo School of Medicine, TNGHT, Jake Bugg, Earl Sweatshirt, Polica, Sparks, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Purity Ring, Lee Scratch Perry, DaM-FunK, DJ Harvey, Jamie XX, Seth Troxler, Youth Lagoon, Deathfix, C2C, Beardyman, Lord Huron, Palma Violets, 10 Echo, Skinny Lister, The Neighborhood, Sam XL Pure Filth Sound, The Lumineers, Dead Can Dance, La Roux, James Blake, Excision, Grimes, The Gaslight Anthem, The Faint, Hardwell, Paul Oakenfold, Dinosaur Jr, Raider Klan, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Roni Size, The Airborne Toxic Event, Father John Misty, Tanlines, Rodriguez, Alex Clare, Paul Kalkbrenner, Jessie Ware, Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, The Three o’Clock, Disclosure, Mimosa, Cloud Nothings, Parov Stelar, Julio Bashmore, Thee Oh Sees, Dub FX, Maya Jane Coles, Jeff The Brotherhood, Smith Westerns, Dirtyphonics, Joris Voorn, Hanni El Khatib, Danny Arila, Ghost, DIIV, Little Green Cars, Mord Fustang, James McCartney, Unicorn Kid, Robert DeLong, White Arrows, Deap Vally, Wild Belle, Adrian Lux, Ladies Night. www.coachella.com
HEVY, Port Lympne Animal Park, Kent, 2-4 Aug: Black Flag. www.hevy.co.uk
LOVE SAVES THE DAY, Castle Park, Bristol, 25 May: AlunaGeorge, Âme, Applebottom, Baby Malc, Bicep, Bondax, Bonobo – Live, Breakage, Bromley, Christophe & Lukas, Crazy P – Live, Crump & Keady, Deetron, Dismantle, Dubious & A.Quake, Dusky, Eats Everything, Eton Messy DJs, Feel The Real, Futureboogie DJs, Jackmaster, Jay-L, Joy Orbison, Jus Now, Marco Bernardi, Maxxi Soundsystem, Mickey Pearce, Monki, Mr Scruff, Outboxx, Paleman, Roses Gabor, Rudimental, Seth Troxler, Shanti, Shy FX, Sly-One, The Other Tribe, Tom Rio & Dan Wild, Waifs And Strays. lovesavestheday.org
MOSTLY JAZZ, FUNK & SOUL FESTIVAL, Moseley Park, Birmingham, 5-7 Jul: Chic feat Nile Rodgers. mostlyjazz.co.uk
HEINEKEN OPEN’ER, Gdynia, Poland, 3-6 Jul: Rihanna. opener.pl/en
OPTIMUS ALIVE!, Lisbon, Portugal, 12-14 Jul: Biffy Clyro, Tame Impala, Twin Shadow. www.optimusalive.com
OSFEST – BREAK FOR THE BORDER, Oswestry Showground, Shropshire, 24-26 May: JLS. www.osfest.co.uk
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