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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual event held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California featuring musical performances by a number of artists on different stages, showings of independent films, and a number of displays of contemporary art. Coachella is a two day event, whose attendance has steadily increased from about 10 to 20 thousand people at the first Coachella in 1999 to a sold-out 100 thousand in 2004. The event skipped an appearance in 2000.

The Coachella Music Festival is noted for its desert setting, (the Mojave Desert is approximately 50 miles north of Indio). Consequently, daytime temperatures frequently rise to over 100°F (38°C) with little cloud cover or shade, then drops drastically after sunset.

The typical genres of music represented at the festival are alternative rock, rap/hip hop, and electronica.


April 29

Animal Collective, Atmosphere, Audio Bullys, Carl Cox, Cat Power, Celebration, Chris Liberator, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Colette, Common, Daft Punk, Damian Marley, Deerhoof, Derrick Carter, Depeche Mode, Devendra Banhart, Eagles of Death Metal, Franz Ferdinand, HARD-fi, Hybrid, Imogen Heap, Infusion, Joey Beltram, Lady Sovereign, Ladytron, Living Things, Lyrics Born, Matt Costa, My Morning Jacket, Nine Black Alps, Platinum Pied Pipers, She Wants Revenge, Shy FX & T Power, Sigur Ros, stellastarr*, The Duke Spirit, The Juan Maclean, The Like, The New Amsterdams, The Section Quartet, The Walkmen, The Zutons, Tosca, White Rose Movement, Wolfmother, Youth Group

April 30

Amadou & Mariam, Art Brut, Be Your Own Pet, Bloc Party, Coheed and Cambria, Coldcut, Digable Planets, Dungen, Editors, Gabriel & Dresden, Giant Drag, Gilles Peterson, Gnarls Barkley, Infadels, James Blunt, Jamie Lidell, Jazzanova, Kaskade, Kristina Sky, Little Louie Vega, Los Amigos Invisibles, Massive Attack, Mates of State, Matisyahu, Metric, Michael Mayer, Minus the Bear, Mogwai, MURS featuring 9th Wonder, Mylo (DJ Set), OneRepublic, Paul Oakenfold, Phoenix, Scissor Sisters, Seu Jorge, Sleater-Kinney, The Dears, The Go! Team, The Magic Numbers, The Octopus Project, The Subways, Tool, TV on the Radio, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Wolf Parade, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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