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CruisingThrough Saturday's Coachella Lineup
Sadly even though the middle day has our most anticipated act, The Arcade Fire, it has the fewest amount of bands that we want to see, a paltry 15. Nine of them are playing between 2:30 and 5:30, and five of those are all playing at the same time!
While we understand that Coachella wants to get people into the show early and reward those who arrive on time, is it really necessary to have Fountains of Wayne, The Frames, and the Fratelli's have to compete against each other just as the kids are pretty much arriving?
Hasn't Fountains of Wayne sold more records than Regina Spektor or Jack's Mannequin? Why not let one of them open the main stage on Saturday? And the Fratelli's.. shouldn't they also be playing later in the day, they're hot and that's a great album - don't you want the place to fill up a bit before presenting them? I think a swap between them and Peter Bjorn & John who only have one very mellow song worthwhile would have been a better choice. But whatevs.
So yes Saturday's a mess but here's our plan of attack:
Steve Aoki: 2 - 2:35
Fountains of Wayne: 2:35 - 3
Frames: 3 - 3:25
Fratellis: 3:25 - 3:45
Roky Erickson: 3:50 - 4:30
Hot Chip: 4:30 - 5
Nightwatchman: 5:05 - 5:55
MSTRKRFT: 6 - 6:15
Kings of Leon: 6:15 - 6:40
the Decemberists: 6:40 - 7:10
!!!: - 7:10 - 7:30
Arcade Fire: 7:30 - 8:40
Blonde Redhead: 8:40 - 9:30
LCD Soundsystem: 9:30 - 10
Sparklehorse: 9:35 - 10:25
and then try to beat the traffic
photo by Dean MacKay