Yesterday, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas announced the full lineup of its Valley to Vegas concert series, which will feature 11 different Coachella-bound acts between April 8 and 16, headlined by Interpol’s April 15 performance at the property’s Boulevard Pool. Other major names scheduled to make the drive down I-15 to the Cosmo include Hozier (April 9 at The Chelsea), Lykke Li (April 14 at the Boulevard Pool) and Stromae (April 16, also at the Pool).
Las Vegas has been one of the prime beneficiaries of Coachella’s 2012 decision to run identical concerts over two consecutive weekends. While Goldenvoice now promotes several one-off shows for festival bands in the Los Angeles area, many acts either can’t afford to take a week off while waiting for their second Coachella set, or simply want to fill the time with something other than long walks on the beach or Hollywood Boulevard tchotchke runs. In 2013, more than 30 acts performed in Las Vegas during the Coachella downtime, including nominal Friday night headliner Tegan and Sara. 2014’s Vegas lineup included Lorde, Lana Del Rey, HAIM and even Motorhead.
The Valley to Vegas series is the biggest of the Vegaschella crossover events, but far from the only one. Music fans looking to listen to full sets from their favorite acts without the dust storms, porta-potties and drugged up 17-year-olds can also see alt-J at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel on April 13, Alabama Shakes on April 18 at the Sin City version of Brooklyn Bowl, and Built to Spill on April 20 at the Bunkhouse Saloon. In all, more than 20 acts have already committed to Vegas shows in and around the festival date, with venues like the House of Blues and Beauty Bar yet to announce their schedules.
The Valley to Vegas Schedule:
April 8: Ratatat (with Sylvan Esso) at the Boulevard Pool
April 9: Hozier at the Chelsea
April 11: RAC (with St. Lucia) at the Boulevard Pool
April 13: Marina and the Diamonds (with Kiesza) at the Boulevard Pool
April 14: Lykke Li (with Ryn Weaver) at the Boulevard Pool
April 15: Interpol at the Boulevard Pool
April 16: Stromae at the Boulevard Pool