The Indio, California-based festival has announced its line-up for 2016 and ticket holders are in for a treat.
Coachella returns this year at the Empire Polo Grounds for two consecutive weekends, April 15th – 17th and 22nd – 24th, with each weekend hosting the same headline-filled line-up.
Despite releasing 2008’s Chinese Democracy together – their only album in the past 20 years – the concerts will be the first time singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash have performed together in Guns N’ Roses since 1993.
Though there has been no official confirmation from the band itself both bassist Duff McKagan and guitarist Slash shared the same image of the Guns N’ Roses logo with a Coachella banner on social media his week – implicitly confirming their places in the reunions.
Lead man Axl Rose has been less forthcoming about his involvement and cancelled an appearance on Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel at the last minute, while rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who left the band in 1991, remains a question mark – though this my be some hype-machine marketing.
The band’s 1987 album Appetite for Destruction, that sold over 18 million copies, remains the top-selling debut album by a group in the US.
The Los-Angeles rockers will headline the festival on both Saturdays while Friday’s headline slot will be filled by New York electronic giants LCD Soundsystem.
The Sound of Silver creators will play together for the first time since their spectacular 4 hour break-up concert at Madison Square Garden in 2011.
The band reunited in the studio late last year to record the track “Christmas Will Break Your Heart” which was released on Christmas Eve.
Sunday’s headliner will be the MacBook-wielding-Scot Calvin Harris who is sure to provide some heavy-duty entertainment.
Let’s hope his repetitive and conservative attitude to “live” DJ-ing will be captive enough for a Coachella audience who will be treated to one of the most exciting line-ups on the festival circuit this year.
Other highlights from the bill include Ice Cube, Flume, Disclosure, Chvrches, Run the Jewels, Major Lazer, James Bay and Beach House.
Last year’s Coachella festival sold 198,000 tickets and grossed $84.3 million, both world records. This year’s festival is set to eclipse these numbers so if you have a chance, get yourself to California, it’s a party you shouldn’t miss.
You can view the full line-up below.