Coachella Announces Lineup For New, Rock-Driven Tent
Allah-Las playing Coachella in 2015. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Coachella has long been cozying up with the EDM crowd. And, later this month, acts like Martin Garrix and Dillon Francis will help continue that trend. Hate glow gloves? Well, that's too bad, cause you'll be seeing them around.
Organizers also aim for mass appeal, however, so there'll be some consideration this year for the rockers and the head-bangers. News about a "Sonora" tent—which leans in the direction of six-string instruments—had been floating around for a while. It wasn't until today, however, that a proper announcement was made on Twitter:
New stage, who dis? pic.twitter.com/YvLIDCnOJT— Coachella (@coachella) April 10, 2017
No, we're not getting any huge surprises, like another Black Flag reunion or something. But we do see some recognizable names, such as Allah-Las (of Los Angeles), T.S.O.L (Long Beach's finest), and Guided By Voices (has Robert Pollard broken some sort of Guinness World Record by now?). The tent is also notable for focusing on up-and-coming bands, as well as acts that bring a bilingual slant—the punk outfit Downtown Boys, for instance, sing in both English and Spanish.
As noted at the Desert Sun, the Sonora tent will be situated somewhere near the giant Ferris wheel and "The Antarctic," which is a kind of dome in which you can sit inside and have a tripped-out audio/visual experience. It's this monstrosity:
The schedule for the Sonora tent has yet to be released. So we don't know exactly when the bands will be playing. We'll update once the information becomes available.
In the meantime, check out some of the bands that will be taking the stage: