How will you optimize your time at Coachella this year? Will you hand select the bands you already know and just go see them. Will you ask your friends which bands are good that you don’t know?
How To Decide Who To See at Coachella
There must be some easy way to comb through the infinite number of bands and optimize your beer soaked three day adventure, here are a few options.
Step 1: We’ll start off with the Coachella 2013 Poster
Step 2: Full Text List
If you would like to actually read a full list of bands without straining your eyes until it gets down to 6pt font, here is the full Coachella 2013 lineup:
Friday, April 12 & 19:
The Stone Roses
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
How to Destroy Angels
Tegan and Sara
Band of Horses
Of Monsters and Men
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Lee Scratch Perry
Sam XL Pure Filth Sound
Saturday, April 13 & 20:
the Postal Service
Two Door Cinema Club
Simian Mobile Disco
Portugal the Man
Bat for Lashes
Fedde le Grand
Kill the Noise
Birdy Nam Nam
Shovels and Rope
Kids These Days
the 2 Bears
Sunday, April 14 & 21:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Dead Can Dance
the Gaslight Anthem
the Airborne Toxic Event
Father John Misty
the Three o’Clock
Parov Stelar Band
Thee Oh Sees
Maya Jane Coles
JEFF the Brotherhood
Hanni El Khatib
Little Green Cars
Step 3: Spotify Playlists
There are a good number of Spotify playlists like this one, which is the best I’ve found so far. Here’s a sampling below.
Here’s another one to check out with 20 Acts to Catch (Opens Spotify)
Fuse.tv offers their Spotify playlist with every band playing at Coachella. View, then listen to the playlist (Does Not Open Spotify)
Step 4: Coachella 2013 Infographic by Jess3
There is a very intriguing Coachella 2013 infographic listing out the top bands and what their Facebook fan numbers are. It’s very interesting, since there are some headliners with less fan numbers than some of the bottom tier bands. I can see the disparity because maybe some of the headliners like Blur or The Stone Roses have an older audience that’s not as active on Facebook, but it really makes you question whether Coachella got the headliners right.
This could greatly influence your decision on who to see and who not to see [click to enlarge].
Image Source: Infographic by Jess3
Step 5: Lists of Best Bands at Coachella
Additionally there are scores of lists put out by blogs highlighting the top bands to see at Coachella:
TOP FIVE LA BANDS AT COACHELLA 2013
If you care about L.A. bands, which you would if you were living in L.A., this is a good list.
5 Punk bands you can’t miss at Coachella
Coachella is mixing up their heavy on the dreaming-trippy-hipster lineup with a few solid punk acts, for those who want to get their blood pumping and listen to bands who grew up with real problems 🙂
Top 10 Guide to Coachella 2013
Here’s a hipster heavy list for those of you that want 10 good indie acts to check out.
Step 6: Interactive Map of Artists’ Home Country
This is one of the cooler things I’ve seen so far, put out by the Press-Enterprise of Inland Southern California news site. It’s an interactive map of the artists home country. Click image for interactive map.
Bonus: Think for Yourself and Explore
Can you think of more ways to plan out what bands you want to see and which new ones to check out? One idea I was playing with was looking up all of your must see bands at Last.fm and use their similar artists search to find other bands that might be at Coachella. For example, here is the Dropkick Murphys similar artists page.