Coachella 2011 Lineup Announced: Kings of Leon, Kanye West, Strokes Headlining
Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Kanye West and the Strokes will rock the Indio, Ca. desert this year as the headliners of the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The full lineup for the annual festival, which takes place April 15-17 this year, was revealed on the official Coachella website late Tuesday night (Jan. 18).
Tennessee quartet Kings of Leon, who released fifth album "Come Around Sundown" last October, will headline the Friday festivities, while fellow alt-rockers the Black Keys and Interpol will also perform on the opening night. Other notable Friday performers include Swedish pop star Robyn, U.K. electronica vets the Chemical Brothers, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, and Lauryn Hill, who kicked off a 17-date tour last month following a long absence from the stage.
As expected, Arcade Fire will return to Coachella as the Saturday headliner after last playing the festival in 2007. British folk darlings Mumford & Sons will make their biggest U.S. festival splash thus far on the same day, while indie stalwarts Animal Collective, Australian dance duo Empire of the Sun, R&B goddess Erykah Badu and cult rap star Lil' B help round out an eclectic Saturday lineup.
Kanye West and the Strokes will each make their Coachella headlining debuts as the top acts on Sunday night. The festival will follow the release of the New York rock group's still-untitled fourth album, due out March 22, as well as "Watch the Throne," West's joint album with Jay-Z expected to be released in March.
Previously rumored performers Duran Duran and PJ Harvey both appear on the Sunday bill, while upstart rapper Wiz Khalifa, brooding indie rockers the National, U.K. pop sensation Tinie Tempah and electro-rock duo Ratatat will all take the stage on the festival's final day. Canadian punk rockers Death From Above 1979, who have been defunct since their 2006 split, are also confirmed for the Sunday lineup.
The announcement follows months of lineup speculation that included rumored performances by Daft Punk, the Rolling Stones and Neil Young, among others. Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz headlined last year's Coachella fest, which ran April 16-18, 2010.