Coachella Watch 2013: 10 Amazing Artists Rumored To Appear

By January 18, 2013

We’re just weeks (possibly days) away from the official announcement on this year’s Coachella line-up.  Many rumors have been swirling around the blog-o-sphere for months now. And while there have been some confirmations of lesser known artists here and there, the speculation continues.  Of the rumored artists, I’ve compiled the 10 we’d most like to see perform at The Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California this April.

Wu Tang Clan

By now, this isn’t new news, but it’s still newsworthy if you ask me!  The RZA has plans for a Wu Tang Clan reunion to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their seminal album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). We’re talking the likes of Bobby Digital himself, GZA (The Genius), Inspectah Deck, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, U-God and Masta Killa all back together again.  So, obviously the speculative concept of them performing at this year’s Coachella is all over the internet.  Hell, why not throw in an ODB hologram while we’re at it? I mean, if Tupac can do it…


Alabama Shakes

Another rumored group is Alabama Shakes. I already gather they put on a great show and their musical style would fit right into the outdoor music festival.  While the proof for speculation is a bit weak, it looks like their tour ends at the beginning of April, leaving open the possibility of a trip to Indio, Ca to play Coachella.


Big Boi

Big Boi is back with a new album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Obviously, that means a new tour not that far in the distant future.  There’s a pretty strong chance he will be taking his act to Indio this year. For further proof of this, check out this interview where he is quoted as saying, “a massive tour is likely, with festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza a possibility along the way.”



I had the opportunity to see Bjork perform live at Coachella back in 2003.  However, my chance to watch the entire performance was cut short as a large number of her rabid psycho fans rushed forth, smothering my ex girlfriend and I, resulting in a pretty nasty foot injury for her and me punching people in the face to exit that nasty swarm. Needless to say, I’d like redemption. Bjork has a new remix album in the works. She is definitely an acquired taste but puts on a great live show, so of course she’s on the list of those rumored to appear this year.


Atoms For Peace

I was unable to view the amazing performance by Radiohead live when they performed at Coachella last year. Well, the festival is against having the same artist perform two years in a row…but what about those artist’s side projects? It looks like the Thom Yorke side project Atoms For Peace will be releasing a new album, Amok, on February 25th. The timing of the release has lead to many rumors, including this tidbit, that Yorke & Co. will appear in Indio again in April.  Here’s hoping…


Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds have a new album coming. I’ve told you this already.  Push The Sky Away is slated for a February 18th release and once the announcement of said album went live, rumors of a Coachella appearance spread rather fast.  As mentioned here, the band is scheduled to perform in San Diego, Ca on April 16th. All signs are pointing to Indio. Here’s hoping those signs aren’t lying.


Daft Punk

Every year, Daft Punk seems to automatically find themselves on the Coachella line-up rumor list. While, this may still just be a rumor, it seems there way more fuel for the proverbial fire this year than last. There is a new Daft Punk album coming in March and a leaked conversation between graphic designer Aeriform and photographer Oliver James suggesting a collaboration on photo work for the electronic duo’s 2013 tour. While that doesn’t give solid proof, this “mistake” made by Songkick (which announces Daft Punk, Phoenix, The Rolling Stones, and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s all for Coachella) in December has lead to a shit ton of speculation.  Regardless, it’s looking like the release date for their long awaited new album will be March 13th, 2013.


Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode is one amazing group to see perform live and with the upcoming March release of their highly anticipated new album, there’s a possibility they’ll show up on Coachella’s line-up.  While many fans have taken to the internet message boards on multiple sites exclaiming 2013 is the year they’ll return to Coachella, it’s still a small possibility.  We’re still discussing rumors here and all, but it’d still be pretty nice to see them out in the Empire Polo Fields. Just saying…


David Bowie

There’s a pretty solid chance, David Bowie will not be touring anytime soon.  Yes, he surprised the music world with the release of new music on his 66th birthday, including the announcement of new album The Next Day coming in March. Yes, he did tell Rolling Stone, “I might do one show.” That gives us hope. A little, anyway. Also, it seems that David Bowie is on the top of Coachella founder Paul Tollett’s wish list.  Joining him on that wish list are The Talking Heads and The Smiths. So I guess, let’s just throw a Coachella in our minds and have all three headline.  What do you say?


The Rolling Stones

While Mick Jagger has gone on the record that he has not been approached to perform at this year’s Coachella, that has not squashed the biggest line-up rumor for this year’s festival. Because aside from that tidbit, there was a date that showed up on their mobile app pointing to a performance date in Indio, Ca in April. So, pretty much everyone is acting like The Rolling Stones will be one of the headliners at this year’s festival. And honestly, that’d be pretty fucking amazing.  They’ve been relevant for five decades. Who wouldn’t want to see their geriatric asses rocking on stage?


So while we continue to wait for the official announcement, why not post the artists you’d want to see perform live in the comments below!

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