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Strokes, Kings, and Kanye Top Coachella 2011


Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, the Strokes, and Kanye West are set to headline the 2011 Coachella Festival, organizers announced last night. The bash will take place April 15-17 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. The announcement follows weeks of rumors about potential headliners, which included the Rolling Stones, Daft Punk, and Neil Young, although none of those rumored performers are on this year’s bill. Tickets for the fest will go on sale Friday, January 21 at 1PM and will be available here.

Coachella’s line-up is a diverse mix of indie-rock, pop, and hip-hop. Festival stalwarts the Black Keys, Interpol, the National, and Animal Collective join Cee Lo Green, Brandon Flowers, Lauryn Hill, Mumford and Sons, Bright Eyes, and Robyn in the high profile slots.

Coachella 2011 also marks the return of some long dormant artists. Lauryn Hill, who has made a return with select club shows this winter, will deliver one of her biggest sets in years, while PJ Harvey and Duran Duran will each deliver closing night performances. Canadian punk duo Death From Above 1979 have also reunited and will perform on Sunday night.

Head here to see the full line-up and revisit SPIN’s coverage of the fest from last year here.