Author: Dave Brooks
Date: January 22,2008

It was a big week for Coachella fans as organizers announced the
headliners for this year’s April 25-27 festival, as well as
plans for a similar event on the East Coast (VT Pulse, Jan. 16).
This year’s headliners will be Jack Johnson on April 25,
Portishead on April 26 and Roger Waters performing “Dark Side
of the Moon,” on April 27. The announcement didn’t mesh
well with the hype of the announcement for the first festival of
the summer season. Message boards across the country erupted with
complaints about the mainstream appeal of the acts and
disappointment over promoter Goldenvoice Entertainment’s
failure to book Radiohead, which just released a new album.
Bloggers had speculated that organizers would book Led Zeppelin or
Prince — two acts that recently wrapped up dates at 02 Arena,
owned by parent company AEG Live. Goldenvoice has also launched a
Coachella festival in New Jersey and have named the event All
Points West. The event, scheduled to be held in Liberty State Park,
is being co-promoted with New Jersey-based Liberty Event Management
and New York City’s Highline Ballroom. The inaugural All
Points West Music & Arts Festival is scheduled to take place
Aug. 8–10. Unlike Coachella though, there will be no camping
at the festival, but concert-goers from New York City will be able
to take a short ferry ride to Liberty Island from Lower Manhattan.
– Dave Brooks Interviewed for this story: Michael Roth, (213)