With 2014 finally here, the countdown to Coachella is under way and there is plenty of chatter about who will perform this year as the official lineup announcement approaches. Below is a summary of the announcements thus far, as well as those who are likely to attend based on new music releases and obvious gaps in tour schedules during the festival dates, April 11-13 and April 18-20:
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-A rumored Outkast reunion has been reported by various media outlets, including Billboard. It makes sense considering 2014 also marks the 20th anniversary of OutKast’s debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. Big Boi and
Andre 3000 haven’t revealed any clues but producer Rico Wade also hinted at the reunion and suggested a guest appearance by Atlanta’s Future.
Strong Potential Candidates to Attend:
–Arcade Fire released one of the biggest rock albums of 2013 and the band’s North American tour suspiciously skirts Southern California with other tour dates in the western U.S. near the festival dates.
–Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor attended last year with his industrial side project How To Destroy Angels. He’s touring with Nine Inch Nails again this year with a gap between dates in April.
-Queens of The Stone Age is touring with NIN in Australia and New Zealand before Coachella and could also conveniently make an appearance at the festival.
–Daft Punk teased Coachella attendees last year with a trailer for Random Access Memories, fueling rumors that the French duo would be surprise performers. The show never materialized and the Daft Punk has yet to cash in on the success of the breakout album. Will this finally be the year they return? We think so.
-A new album and nationwide tour almost guarantees an appearance from Empire of the Sun at Coachella this year.
–The Pixies have new music and tour dates after Kim Deal left the band in 2013. Their last Coachella performance was in 2004, so the time is ripe for a return.
–Kings of Leon have a new album and nationwide tour that ends in March.
–Foster the People have another album coming soon and Coachella would be the perfect platform to promote the new material after the breakout success of the band’s first album.
-The Dead Weather Jack White told fans to expect new material from his post White Stripes band, and if it proves true, Coachella could be a good starting point for a new tour from the band.
-British vocal darling Ellie Goulding‘s latest tour ends in late March.
Who would you like to see at Coachella this year?