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OutKast, Muse, Arcade Fire, the Replacements to anchor Coachella

January 08, 2014|By Todd Martens | This post has been updated and corrected as indicated below.
  • Sunset at the 2013 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Sunset at the 2013 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles…)

A reunited OutKast will anchor the 2014 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The Grammy-winning hip-hop act last released an album in 2006. The rap duo will be joined by indie rockers the Arcade Fire, British act Muse and a reformed Replacements. 

Other acts at the top of the bill for the dual Coachella festivals, set for the weekends of April 11-13 and April 18-20 on a polo field in the desert city of Indio, include Queens of the Stone Age, Skrillex, Broken Bells, Haim, Beck, Calvin Harris and Neutral Milk Hotel. 

Remaining tickets for the two weekends will go on sale Jan. 10 via the official Coachella site.

The bulk of tickets were sold in a presale that began in May. A three-day pass starts at $375, with various configurations and VIP add-ons available, including a $435 ticket/shuttle combo and a $799 VIP wristband (VIP parking is $150 and sold separately).

Those interested in attending the first weekend must purchase a $435 shuttle combination. Additionally, VIP wristbands only remain for the second weekend. 

TIMELINE: Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals

Goldenvoice last week began unveiling individual acts for the 2014 fest via social media. Among the first announced were the Odd Future-affiliated avant-R&B act the Internet, the trippy guitar stylings of Tuareg artist Bombino, metal act Motorhead and electronic artist the Magician, the performance moniker of DJ-producer Stephen Fasano.

The genre-hopping lineup is as always heavy on dance and electronic, with artists such as Fatboy Slim, the Pet Shop Boys, Disclosure and Ellie Goulding near the top of the bill. This year's breakout electro-pop star Lorde will also appear on the Coachella stages.

The festival long has held a reputation for bringing acts out of retirement, and 2014 will be no different. Although OutKast members Big Boi and Andre 3000 haven't exactly been out of the public eye in recent years, the pair's last major work was the  2006 soundtrack album “Idlewild.”

Additionally, Coachella will mark the West Coast return of the Replacements, the scrappy 1980s indie rock outfit that unexpectedly reformed in fall 2013. The act broke up on stage in Chicago in 1991. Beloved rock acts such as Neutral Milk Hotel and the Afghan Whigs will also make a rare live appearance at Coachella.  

Regarded as the launch of the summer festival season, Coachella is also its biggest moneymaker. The two Coachella weekends in 2013 brought in a market-leading $67 million, according to data published by Billboard Boxscore. That was a major jump from the $47 million the festivals tallied in 2012.  

Coachella 2014 will be the first edition under Goldenvoice's new deal with Indio, one that runs through 2030 and allows Goldenvoice to raise Coachella’s maximum attendance to 99,000 people from 95,000. That figure includes security personnel and staff, as ticket sales in recent history have hovered around the 80,000 mark.

Held at the Empire Polo Grounds since its 1999 inception, Coachella has a reputation for presenting a heavily curated lineup that connects the dots among hitmakers, underground artists and those on the comeback trail, all within a desert setting that’s increasingly becoming more resort-like, with upscale options to match (the highest end of the VIP configurations have included $6,500 air-conditioned tents). 

In 2012 the festival responded to years of sellout attendance by doubling capacity, showcasing the same musical lineup on back-to-back weekends. Goldenvoice introduced Stagecoach in 2008, hosting such country all-stars as Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift, and expanded from two days to three in 2012.

[Updated, 10:06 p.m., Jan. 8: The full lineup follows.

Friday, April 11 and 18: OutKast, the Knife, the Replacements, Broken Bells, Zedd, Girl Talk, Ellie Goulding, Chromeo, Haim, Neko Case, AFI, Martin Garrix, Bonobo, Bryan Ferry, the Glitch Mob, the Afghan Whigs, the Cult, Bastille, Flume, Aloe Blacc, Jagwar Ma, A$AP Ferg, Grouplove, Woodkid, Carnage, Shlohmo, Gareth Emery, Michael Brun, MS MR, Kate Nash, Hot Since 82, Damian Lazarus, GOAT, Nina Kraviz, Anthony Green, Duke Dumont, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solomun, ZZ Ward, Anti-Flag, Caravan Palace, Flatbush Zombies, Deorro, Waxahatchee, Title Fight, Davide Squilace, DJ Falcon, Dum Dum Girls, Austra, Tom Odell, Dixon, Wye Oak, Crosses, Mako, the Preatures, the Bots, Gabba Gabba Heys

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