The Black Keys are exhausted…but not enough to miss out on an opportunity to rock out in the California desert with acts like Damian Marley, Duran Duran, and 2006 Fest alum Kanye West at the 12th annual Coachella Festival.
The bluesy duo, who axed numerous dates on their tour of Australia and the UK earlier this week, have been added to this year’s Coachella bill. The Keys will be joined by an impressive bill of ecletic musical acts among them: Broken Social Scene, Leftfield, Erykah Badu, Robyn, Cee-Lo Green, Nas & Damian Marley, Chromeo, Cut Copy, Elbow, Neon Trees, Jimmy Eat World, Wire, One Day As A Lion, Wiz Khalifa, The Swell Season, Gogol Bordello, Fistful of Mercy, Menomena, Titus Andronicus, Cage the Elephant, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Ratatat, OFF!, CSS, Crystal Castles, Klaxons, and The Drums.
The 2011 Coachella lineup will also feature: Empire of the Sun, Jenny and Johnny, GAYNGS, The New Pornographers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Tallest Man on Earth, Yelle, A-Trak, The Twelves, Caifanes, Magnetic Man, Paul van Dyk, Raphael Saadiq, Ellie Goulding, Boys Noize, The Presets, Warpaint, Flogging Molly, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Odd Future, Fanfarlo, and Tame Impala.
The festival — which allows tents and other primitive lodging set ups to be temporarily erected on the grounds, features artist genres of music, including alternative rock, hip hop, and electronica. Large sculptural art is as much a part of Coachella as the tunes that float through the evening air.
Coachella began in 1999 when Pearl Jam played at the venue to protest against Ticketmasters monopoly of major concert venues in California. The show was attended by 25,000 fans and concert organizers picked up the site as an alterntative site for concerts.
Last year’s festival drew an estimated 75,000 spectators or more each day. Over the course of three days, the festival attracted an estimated 225,000 attendees thanks to headliners that included Jay-Z, Muse, and Gorillaz.
The 2011 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California is scheduled for the weekend of April 15-17