The Top 10 Coachella Festivals That Never Happened


Dangerous Minds points us to a fun contest that Coachella ran, inviting fans to create their dream Coachella line-ups for every year from 1969-1998 (the festival’s first year was ’99). They picked a winner for each year, and we’ve whittled them down to the most noteworthy Coachellas that never were, from Jimi, Zeppelin, and The Who in ’69 to Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, and Beck in ’97. Tell us who would headline your fantasy music festival in the comments.

Impressive. But the Stones opening for Zeppelin? We think not.

Mods vs. Elvis? Yeah, we’ll buy it.

Can you imagine what the party in the parking lot of Coachella ’75 would have been like? Intense!

1982: Not the world’s best year for rock.

1984: Much better. Also gayer.

Hey, guys, can we actually make this one happen? What do you say, Annie? Chrissy? Billy?

Don’t know about you, but it’s the final night’s lineup that really gets us. The La’s!

Okay, nice design, but really? No Nirvana? 10,000 Maniacs, but no Nirvana?

We had kind of forgotten what a great year 1997 was for radio rock.