The news of a reunited OutKast headlining Coachella’s Fridays (April 11 and 18) dropped like a bomb (over Baghdad, even). But the bigger question remains: Will we get to see Big Boi and Andre 3000 share a stage without having to drive to California?
Since Coachella started doing consecutive weekends in 2012, the hope was that Las Vegas would be a logical destination for gigs either mid-week between festival dates, or else on either end. It’s a natural enough fit, between proximity and Coachella programmer AEG also handling The Joint and The Colosseum.
But history hasn’t quite borne out that hope, at least in regard to the big, highly anticipated headliners. The Snoop and Dr. Dre team-up in 2012 didn’t materialize here, nor did The Black Keys or Radiohead. Last year’s big splash was Blur and The Stone Roses on the same night, neither to be found here. The Red Hot Chili Peppers passed. The only headliner, in fact, scheduled to make a stop was Phoenix–April 10 last year at the Cosmo, though that show was canceled.
The undercard is a different story, though. Justice played The Cosmopolitan April 20, 2102–in between April 15 and 22 gigs in Indio. Tegan and Sara did a Boulevard Pool show of their own April 10 last year, as did New Order the following night. Of Monsters and Men hit the pool April 17 and Hot Chip was at–you guessed it–Boulevard April 18.
This year will likely be more of the same. Coachella Day 1 performer Haim is already scheduled for April 17 at the Boulevard Pool. Keep your fingers crossed for some more shows of that level to pop up there, maybe a Sleigh Bells or an MGMT. If we’ve been really good all year, maybe we’ll rate a Replacements gig–but we’re not holding our breath for So Fresh, So Clean, So on the Strip.