Inside the Sahara tent during Coachella in 2009.

Photos by Tom Wallace.

The Coachella Music and Arts Festival line-up has been rumored and circulated with fan-made fake posters online for the past 2 months, as people started speculating on who’s going to make this coveted list for the kick-off of the U.S. festival season for 2011. Today, however, the official announcement has been made for Coachella 2011, presented by Golden Voice.

From April 15-17, 2011, during Coachella, the beautiful Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA is transformed into a multi-stage extravaganza, including a number of very cool art installations, and an entire area of multi-cultural food, plus an enormous campground (for those brave enough to manage the intense heat). Coachella in its 12 years has become a premiere event globally, often attracting not only thousands of fans, but celebrities, fashion hipsters, and up-and-coming artists of all kinds.

Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s at Coachella.

Headlining this year includes Arcade Fire, Kanye West and Kings of Leon. The rest of the music line-up includes: !!!, 12th Planet, Afrojack, Alf Alpha, Andy C, Angus and Julia Stone, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, A-Trak, Axwell, Beardyman, Best Coast, Big Audio Dynamite, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, Bomba Estereo, Boys Noize, Brandon Flowers, Brandt Brauer Frick, Breakage, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, Cage the Elephant, Caifanes, Caspa, Cee Lo Green, Chromeo, Chuckie, City and Colour, Clare Maguire, Cold Cave, Cold War Kids, Crystal Castles, CSS, Cults, Cut Copy, Daedelus, Death From Above 1979, Delorean, Delta Sprirt, DJ Hype, DJ Kentaro, DJ Marky, DJ Zinc, Duck Sauce, Duran Duran, EE, Elbow, Electric Touch, Eliza Doolittle, Ellie Goulding, Emicida, Empire of the Sun, Erick Morillo, Erykah Badu, Excision, , Fat Freddy’s Drop, Fedde Le Grand, Fistful of Mercy, Flogging Molly, Foals, Foster the People, Francis and the Lights, Freelance Whales, fun., G.Q., Gayngs, Glasser, Gogol Bordello, Good Old War, Gord Downie, Goth Trad, Green Velvet, Gypsy and the Cat, HEALTH, Here We Go Magic, High Contrast, Hurts, Interpol, Jack Beats, Jack’s Mannequin, Jakes, Jenny and Johnny, Jimmy Eat World, Joachim Garraud, Joy Orbison, Kanye West, Kele, Kings of Leon, Klaxons, Kode9, Kyle Hall, Laidback Luke, Leftfield, Lightning Bolt, Lil’ B, Lorn, Los Bunkers, Magnetic Man, , Mariachi El Bronx, Marina and the Diamonds, Mary Anne Hobbs, MEN, Menomena, Monarchy, Mount Kimbie, Moving Units, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mumford & Sons, Nas & Damian Marley, Neon Trees, New Pants, Nosaj Thing, OFF!, OFWGKTA, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, One Day as a Lion, Ozomatli, Paul van Dyk, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, PJ Harvey, Plan B, Ramadanman, Raphael Saadiq, Ras G, Ratatat, Riva Starr, Robyn, Roska, Rye Rye, Sander Kleinenberg, Sasha, SBTRKT, Scala & Kolacny Bros., Scissor Sisters, She Wants Revenge, Shpongle, Skrillex, Sleigh Bells, Steve Angello, Sven Vath, Take, Tame Impala, Terror Danjah, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, The Aquabats, The Black Keys, The Chemical Brothers, The Drums, The Felice Brothers, The Henry Clay People, The Joy Formidable, The Kills, The London Suede, The Love Language, The Morning Benders, The National, The New Pornographers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Presets, The Radio Dept., The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Strokes, The Swell Season, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Twelves, Thunderball, Tinie Tempah, Titus Andronicus, Tokimonsta, Trampled by Turtles, Trentemoller, Twin Shadow, Two Door Cinema Club, Warpaint, Wire, Wiz Khalifa, Yacht, Yelle and Zed Bias.

Lucent Dossier in the DoLab at Coachella.

While music serves as the centerpiece for Coachella, this year’s festival will feature an expanded commitment to art, culture and community via a unique partnership with The Creators Project–a global initiative that supports leading and emerging artists across the globe who use technology to turn their artistic visions into reality. Kicking-off 2011 at Coachella, The Creators Project will be the creative partner for the festival, collaborating with select headlining acts and curating a series of art installations on the grounds.

By incorporating technology and visual art, the partnership will add another layer of creative expression to the festival. The Creators Project launched in 2010, by Intel Corporation and Vice, to identify leading artists who are pushing creative boundaries through technology and enable them to showcase their works and artistic visions for millions of fans.

The community area will also expand this year, featuring a Farmer’s Market inside the campground, a 24-hour general store, a roller skating rink, and free shuttle service to a local grocery store.

Three-day weekend passes are $269.00, plus surcharges and camping passes are $75.00.

Coachella is produced by Golden Voice and sponsored by Wrigley, Heineken, Musicians Institute, H&M, JBL, Red Bull & American Spirits.

The Coachella Line-up for 2011.