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U2 may headline the Coachella Music Festival

It looks like U2 may be a future headliner at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. In a Jan. 6, 2014 article in The Desert Sun, Bruce Fessier relays that both Coachella founder Paul Tollett and U2 front-man Bono would like to see the “With or Without You” band on the Polo Fields in Indio, California. When asked about Coachella, backstage at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Jan. 4, Bono stated, “We don’t usually play festivals, but that’s definitely on our radar.”

The ferris wheel at the Coachella Music Festival
Laurie Fanelli

A past music festival that interested U2 is the Glastonbury Festival near Pilton, Somerset, England. Bono and company were first scheduled to play the legendary event in 2010, but they had to cancel due to a back injury that Bono sustained during tour rehearsals. Damon Albarn's band The Gorillaz replaced U2 in 2010, but many fans were still disappointed by the cancellation. In 2011, U2 were able to headline Glastonbury and they performed a hit-filled set to the sold-out crowd.

Coachella 2014's lineup announcement is around the corner. Festival organizers have started updating their Facebook page with videos of confirmed bands, indicating that the lineup will be dropping sooner than later. So far, the official lineup consists of Bombino, Bonobo, Factory Floor, Future Islands, The Glitch Mob, The Internet and The Magician. The headliners are still a mystery, but an Outkast reunion has been hinted at and Arcade Fire have a nice Coachella sized gap in their touring schedule.

U2 are working on their new album with producer Danger Mouse and it is expected to be released sometime in 2014. The 2014 edition of the Coachella Music Festival will take place on April 11-13 and April 18-20 in Indio, California.

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