Coachella Cruise: Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, Girl Talk, more setting sail from Florida in December
This is, hands down, the weirdest musical concept coming to Florida so far in 2012. AND WE TOTALLY WANT IN.
Coachella, the massive annual indie rock festival in Indio, Calif., is launching a cruise that'll set sail from Fort Lauderdale in December, featuring many of the big-time festival acts you know and love -- including a handful that rarely step foot in Florida.
Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, Girl Talk and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy are among the top-billed artists for the inaugural Coachella Cruises, which set sail in two sessions: To the Bahamas from Dec. 16-19, and to Jamaica from Dec. 19-23. Also on the bill, according to the New York Times and Consequence of Sound: Simian Mobile Disco, Warpaint, !!!, Z-Trip, El-P, Black Lips, Killer Mike, Grimes, Father John Misty, Cloud Nothings, a DJ set by The Rapture and more. Among the many delightful highlights: A wine tasting hosted by Murphy.
It's not the first indie-minded cruise -- you also have the DJ-centric Holy Ship! (Major Lazer, Justice, A-Trak) leaving from Fort Lauderdale in January -- but it might be the first one that actually attempts to replicate the sort of lineup you see at a massive rock festival like Coachella, Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo. It's surprising to see these too-cool-for-school types following in the heels of artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kiss and Sister Hazel. (Well, not Sleigh Bells; those guys are shameless in their love of all things Floridian.)
Most music cruises leave from South Florida these days, which is too bad -- just a couple of years ago, Tampa could be counted on to launch a few ships each year. These days, though, it's entirely possible for a band to swing through Tampa Bay for a quick warm-up show on their way down south. We're hoping some enterprising promoter has the coin and cojones to book local shows for a few of these acts in mid-December. Who wouldn't want to party down with Jarvis Cocker right before Christmas?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*