Coachella music festival and celebrity magnet kicks off the season of sounds under the sun
Just as higher temperatures typically arrive first, festival season gets a jump start every year in Southern California thanks to Coachella, the annual desert blowout (and surefire celebrity magnet) against which a summer’s worth of less-glamorous events will inevitably be measured.
The marquee draw for this year’s edition, set for April 15-17 and April 22-25 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, is the reloading of Guns N’ Roses, which after splintering in the mid-1990s is set to headline with a lineup featuring frontman Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan. (Who else is playing in the influential L.A. hard-rock band, which has toured over the last few years in various incarnations, hasn’t been announced.)
Fresher faces? Coachella will have those too, including the British electro-pop singer Ellie Goulding, the fashion-obsessed rapper ASAP Rocky and the 1975, a lovably bratty British foursome whose lyrics read like social-media haiku. And there’s even room for a couple of young fogeys in the ‘60s-pop-adoring Last Shadow Puppets and Chris Stapleton, a scruffy country newcomer with old-school Nashville in his veins.
Stagecoach typically draws fewer Tinseltown types than Coachella, but you can bet on seeing at least one onstage in Sam Palladio, an actor best known for playing a country singer in the ABC soap “Nashville.”
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