Daft Punk leaked as Coachella 2013 headliner?
When it comes to Daft Punk, you get used to unsubstantiated rumours. This sliver of hope, however, could have some weight to it. Listings website Songkick last night emailed its subscribers listing Daft Punk, The Rolling Stones, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Phoenix at the top of the bill for next year’s Coachella festival in Indio, California.
Unlike some user-generated listing sites, Songkick relies on more trusted, ‘official’ sources (official sources that, in inthemix’s experience of local tours, sometimes jump the gun, then get reprimanded). As the site’s ‘About Us’ states: “Songkick works by indexing many different ticket vendors, venue websites, and local newspapers to create the most comprehensive database of upcoming concerts happening around the world. It’s our mission to have every show happening anywhere, from your friend’s show at your local bar, right up to Lady Gaga tour dates in Tokyo.”
The Coachella listing has since been deleted. Songkick was inundated with queries on Twitter, and responded: “Regarding Daft Punk at Coachella: this was added by mistake. There has been no official announcement. Apologies for any confusion/excitement.”
With Daft Punk’s new album vaguely expected to drop out of nowhere sometime in 2013, the timing’s certainly right for a spectacular live return. Coachella would be the logical place for it, too. In April 2006, on the final stretch of a scorching Saturday in the Indio desert, Depeche Mode had just powered through a greatest-hits set on the Coachella mainstage. Then, over in the Sahara tent, the big moment of the festival arrived: a heavy curtain drew back to a towering pyramid manned by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, who proceeded to deliver 75 game-changing minutes. As we wrote about in the ‘Bright Lights, Big Budgets’ feature earlier this year, the pyramid seemed to usher in dance music’s current fixation with ever-more-elaborate stage shows. We keep waiting in hope…