Last year was our first Coachella, and it easily ranked as our favorite festival of ’07 — due to our newness to Indio, but also to an unmatched lineup with lots of built-in storylines (Björk’s first US Volta shows, reunion sets from Rage Against The Machine, Crowded House, and the Jesus & Mary Chain plus ScarJo, along with CSS meeting Paris Hilton and Spank Rock meeting the Lohan). If you thought this year’s would top it with a My Bloody Valentine reunion, or a Radiohead set … sorry! You’ll just have to wait for Coachella East. Maybe.

Goldenvoice’s desert-set show stopper this year is Roger Waters’s recreation of the classic Dark Side Of The Moon. Which will be awesome! But probably not the big news some were hoping for. Still, Indio continues its tradition as being a first-rate place to catch recently reunited acts, like Portishead, the Verve, and the Breeders. Also very good looking: Kraftwerk, MMJ, and a second consecutive year of dishing out Justice.

Lineup after the jump.

Coachella Lineup 2008

    FRIDAY, APRIL 25: Jack Johnson, The Verve, Raconteurs, The Breeders, Fatboy Slim, Tegan and Sara, Madness, The Swell Season, The National, Animal Collective, Slightly Stoopid, Mum, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Stars, Battles, Aesop Rock, Midnight Juggernauts, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Minus the Bear, Spank Rock, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Diplo, Adam Freeland, Santo Gold, Jens Lekman, John Butler Trio, Vampire Weekend, Dan Deacon, Architecture in Helsinki, Sandra Collins, Busy P, Cut Copy, Black Lips, Datarock, Professor Murder, Reverend and the Makers, The Bees, Porter, Rogue Wave, Modeselektor, American Bang, Lucky I Am.

    SATURDAY, APRIL 26: Portishead, Kraftwerk, Death Cab for Cutie, Cafe Tacuba, Sasha & Digweed, Rilo Kiley, Dwight Yoakam, M.I.A., Hot Chip, Cold War Kids, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, DeVotchKa, Flogging Molly, Mark Ronson, Turbonegro, Scars on Broadway, Islands, Enter Shikari, Calvin Harris, Boyz Noize, Junkie XL, Cinematic Orchestra, Jamie T, The Teenagers, VHS or Beta, Carbon/Silicon, Erol Alkan, Yo Majesty!, Little Brother, Bonde Do Role, St. Vincent, Akron Family, MGMT, Institubes DJs (Surkin, Para One and Orgasmic), James Zabiela, Sebastian, Kavinsky, Dredg, The Bird and the Bee, Grand Ole Party, New Young Pony Club, 120 Days, Yoav, Electric Touch, Uffie.

    SUNDAY, APRIL 27: Roger Waters (“Dark Side of the Moon”), Love & Rockets, My Morning Jacket, Spiritualized, Justice, Gogol Bordello, Chromeo, The Streets, Metric, Danny Tenaglia, Simian Mobile Disco, Booka Shade, Murs, Dmitri from Paris, Autolux, The Field, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Les Savy Fav, The Cool Kids, Sons & Daughters, Sia, Holy Fuck, Black Kids, Black Mountain, The Annuals, Kid Sister w/A-Trak, Man Man, Duffy, I’m from Barcelona, Manchester Orchestra, Deadmau5, The Horrors, Austin TV, Shout Out Louds, Plastiscines, Brett Dennen.

There won’t be the same sort of rush on hotel rooms as there was this time last year, but you may wanna get started booking. Or if you have a little extra money, this is the morning to scoop up one of Indio’s fabulous foreclosed homes.

Comments (63)
  1. EnchantingWizardofRhythm  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0

    wow HUGE disappointment! Definitely not worth it so far…

  2. madonna  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0


  3. Greg  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0


    Bonnaroo is probably going to blow this thing out of the water without even trying.

  4. been to coachella twice and this one is about as weak an initial lineup (there are loads more to be confirmed) as I’ve seen. It’s bad when they announce the big names and you have a hard time figuring out who the headliners are (besides Waters).

    Fingers crossed for Sasquatch getting it right.

  5. Charlie Kane  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0

    Wow, that’s truly dreadful, really inexcusable in many ways, although I suppose all of the Radiohead fans should be ecstatic to sit through Roger fucking Waters…good god.

  6. Ben  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0

    I like Portishead as much as the next man (if the next man agrees that the best thing Portishead did was introduce the world to their touring DJ – Andy Smith), but don’t they make music better suited to listening to after you’ve been to a festival? You know, when your come-down has kicked in and you need something in-offensive to listen to as you silently pray for sleep.

  7. Abacus Finch  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0

    So that’s happening.

  8. last years was better but eh, whatever, coachella is always fun :)

  9. Vinny  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0

    Any festival that combines the awesome of “Holy Fuck” and “Dwight Yoakam” is A-OK with me.

    great how people complain about a festival with about 735 bands in a great location. life is just sooooooooooo harsh!

    That being said, I’ve never been. waaaaaaay too hot!

  10. Jack Fucking Johnson?

  11. the second dan deacon  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0

    is the second dan deacon as crazy live as the first one on that list?

  12. renee  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0

    Official Coachella poster shown at Coachella’s Myspace page:

  13. victor ponce  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0

    I’m from the bay area and have gone the last couple of years and it’s been so freaking fun, and was so looking forward to going again this year but no thanks this is the worst lineup ever for coachella, jack johnson? fuck that, where’s radiohead, m83, love is all, under byen, various, yyy, long blondes etc etc…… this is sooo sad.

  14. Garrett  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0

    Jack Johnson is easily the worst Coachella headliner ever…And Roger Waters has been doing Dark Side for the past two years straight. Disappointing but I’m going.

  15. fucking the breeders

  16. i’m happy there isn’t some band like TOOL, RATM, etc, those bands have always ruined the coachella experience for me with a bunch of fucking jerkoffs running around amp’ed up.

    With that said, coachella is always about the smaller bands, and there are a ton this year that i’m excited to see, i’ll be there all 3 days, and i’ll enjoy many dozens of awesome shows.

    The Verve, Spiritualized, Portishead, The Streets, and so many more will kick ass…

  17. Slightly Stupid.

  18. Matt  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0

    needs more pavement

  19. paddie macduff  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0

    SRSLY, ppl, the headliners have been second billing for the scenester set since . . . Radiohead did this thing like, four years ago. See above, Coachella is always about the Avant, small-scale acts. Granted, those acts are half-milquetoast/half-has-been and THAT is what’s probably even more disappointing. Shit, when I saw that fake bill of Bowie/Radiohead/MBV, I considered quitting my job and becoming a full-fledged Indio freak. This, however, makes me look forward to life in the orient. . .

  20. Elliot  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0

    People need to read through the acts that aren’t headlining. Because 80% of them deserve to be headlining over Jack Johnson and Roger Waters (and Portishead in a few occassions).

    The lineup is almost as great as last year. The only difference is that they don’t have any reunions of good bands. And guys, c’mon. Rage and the Mary Chain feat. Scarlett Johansson is impossible to top anyway.

  21. annie onymous  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2008 0

    seven bands the first day, eight the second, and seven the last? sounds good enough for me. too bad i’m poor…

  22. How can anyone say that this compares AT ALL to last year’s? I’m sure the bands that are in it will be great, etc, but I’m deterred from going just from comparing it to last year’s lineup….for fuck’s sake, 07 had:

    Interpol, Arctic Monkeys, DJ Shadow, Digitalism, Tokyo Police Club, Arcade FIre, Decemberists, Rapture, LCD Soundsystem, Blonde Redhead, !!!, Hot Chip, MSTRKRFT, Ghostface, Jstice, Girl Talk, RATM, Jr. Boys, CSS, Klaxons, Tapes n Tapes, Grizzly Bear.

    the only top-notch groups this are:

    Kraftwerk, Death Cab for Cutie, Justice, Fatboy Slim, The National, Animal Collective, Battles, Diplo, Vampire Weekend, Dan Deacon, Rilo Kiley, M.I.A., Hot Chip, Cold War Kids, Booka Shade, Cool Kids, Devotchka.

    (this isn’t to say that there aren’t any other good groups performing, undoubtedly some of whom I don’t know about, but I’d say the ones I’ve listed are in a different category).

    A few somewhat unrelated issues:
    1) Is Booka Shade coming out with a new release?
    2) I hate how the hype machine is pushing Vampire Weekend down everyone’s throats (saw them on MTV 2, even). They are good for a young band, but no where near Tokyo Police Club, and I think their friends in Ra Ra Riot are even better. Plus it’s not like they’ve released anything stellar yet.
    3) Is it possible some groups are “saving” their performances for the East Coast festival?
    4) Is Jack Johnson a joke? Or did no one from Coachella management see the Derrick Comedy “Bro Rape”?


  23. haha, and all the nu-rave hipsters are upset.

    Sure, Jack Johnson headlining is a joke, but I doubt I would have liked any big headliner Coachella brought. Including Radiohead (yes, feel free to shoot me currently.)

    I’m From Barcelona/Jens Lekman/Stars/Justice/Rilo Kiley/Hot Chip/STEPHEN MALKMUS/Chromeo/Metric/The Bird and the Bee=love.

    That said, could be more lovely. Should still be quite lovely.

  24. Jim  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    Yeah, this is really underwhelming, which actually kind of makes me happy. I wouldn’t nearly have enough cash to get out there this year anyways.
    Bonnaroo should be much better.
    And rumor has it that Lollapalooza is going to be simply AMAZING, as I’ve got a very reliable source suggesting Radiohead will be headlining (among other potential dynamite acts).

  25. Peregrine  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    The headliners aren’t nearly as…flashy as years past, but the other acts are really solid.

  26. brent  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    unless you’ve actually seen roger waters do dark side, and somehow hated it, you need to shut the fuck up.

  27. thelonious  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    Ooooh what a crappy underwhelming lineup.

  28. Christopher  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    @ Jim:

    My gut doesn’t think Radiohead will do ‘Palooza but it will still beat Coachella hands down (Too many acts to not give a shit about). WAY too many up-and-comers to provide a good balance of establish acts that people would want to see (all the way to Indio for “scene legend” Dan Deacon?).

    That and now that Bonnaroo has denied a Zeppelin reunion, the only way that will be exciting is if they have a Zeppelin reunion.

  29. idontcryallthetimelikeyou  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    I like Dimitri from Paris and Cinematic Orchestra. This site makes me laugh because no one else does.

    It’s funny that people commenting on stereogum argue about the relevence of indie but gloss over any sort of real musical discussion. It makes me think you are all still trying to learn how to play the bass part for ‘Come As You Are’. The rest of us are sorry that Roger Waters isn’t from LA and you didn’t find out about him on pitchfork before us. It’s all so trite, isn’t it?

  30. Laura  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    I was going to go no matter what…. but Jack Johnson and Roger Waters? ARE YOU SERIOUS? This is inexcusably bad, and I’m definitely not going now.

    And I can play the bass line to “Come As You Are”. Just sayin’.

  31. well, maybe the thinner selection of good bands will mean i won’t have to skip hearing artists in favor of other artists playing at the same time. maybe it will be a full day of all the good bands performing at the right times without any schedule conflicts… until the headliners, when i can go home and rest up for the next day.

    the smaller bands look tight. wish i had seen tapes n tapes n grizzly bear last year. fuck it, last year looks like it was ten times better.

  32. kidacomputerok  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    I’m still waiting on that Cocteau Twins reunion . . .

  33. Newman  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0


  34. brandon  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    you are all stupid. this lineup is full of win. just because there are alot of underground gems there you probably never heard of there doesn’t mean its horrible. you fail epically. and KRAFTWERK will be there. that alone is full of PURE WIN.

  35. tony  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    Love And Rockets reunion. haha. Awesome.

  36. genevieve  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    am i the only one who is reasonably excited for architecture in helsinki and professor murder and vampire weekend on the same day?
    because oh my god, i’m really excited.


  38. coachella ranch market  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    i hate jack johnson and his kind. those frat/surfer boys from UCSB suck. they’re the same damn fuckers who took up space at RATM and made my manu chao experience bad because they just stood there like damn drunk fucks. there would be no RATM without mano negra. ahem…

  39. Carlos  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    “Is Booka Shade coming out with a new release?”

    Yes, in fact – they are. Coachella will be the first post -Movements tour stop.

  40. Just wait until POPPED! in Philly!

  41. I miss 2007.

  42. Zoltan  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    I’m so happy with this lineup. I’ve never seen Kraftwerk but my friend has and said it was awesome to see these guys live. I’ve always been a Floyd fan and getting another chance to see R. Waters is great! I saw My Morning Jacket at Coachella a couple of years again and they were great. Raconteurs are great as well. My fianceee has seen the National and she likes them a lot. I’ve seen The Shout Out Louds at a smaller venue, they’re pretty good too. I wouldn’t say this is the best Coachella lineup, but it’s way better than the fake lineup I saw last week. I can’t stand Radiohead (they’re almost as bad a Sigur Ros) and I’m glad they’re not playing. However, I would agree that Portishead and Jack Johnson are weak headliners. Where are the Shins?


  43. Jughed  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    Could it be that Coachella are running out of reunion bands? This sounds like a broad mix of music to me, and I think the naysayers should just keep quiet until they actually get there. Sounds like a good time except why no Bat For Lashes?

  44. laura  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 0

    Pavement better reform next year at Coachella to make up for this shit.

    Worst lineup ever.

  45. Charles Vicle  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2008 0

    You american ingrates disgust me. There are tons of good bands that I’d kill to see playing in my country, yet all you do is bitch and moan because the headliner(s) sucks. Who the hell cares?

  46. Kim  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2008 0

    I went last year and it changed my life. I’m devastated… I was really looking forward to it. Not at all impressed with the lineup — very bland — and the acts that I want to see are spread out over the three days. Aside from the Brooklyn hipster bands it doesn’t even seem like Coachella. More Bonoroo than Coachella. Jack Johnson??

  47. Kim  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2008 0

    I went last year and it changed my life. I’m devastated… I was really looking forward to it. Not at all impressed with the lineup — very bland — and the acts that I want to see are spread out over the three days. Aside from the Brooklyn hipster bands it doesn’t even seem like Coachella. More Bonoroo than Coachella. Jack Johnson?? I’ll save my $300 this year.

  48. Ok. THIS IS ALMOST AS BAD AS THE JOKE MOCK-UPS. Are you fucking kidding me. Jack Johnson. Wow. We were getting excited for all this My Bloody Valentine/Radiohead talk. And now you give us Jack Johnson and Tegan and Sara plus every single band that has tried to have a residency at Spaceland in Silverlake. I have lost all hope in this festival. I guess I may as well start looking at going to ATP and coughing up some cash for a plane ticket because Coachella is basically a huge waste of time and money now. BTW why do you need 3 days to throw on a bunch of not so talented “indie/electronic” groups.

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