However, to feed into the perpetual speculation, whoever runs Goldenvoice's Instagram account went on a "liking" spree of Daft Punk pictures the other day, including one of the supposed new album cover. So like, whatever.
It seems like there's one headliner every year that's just a guarantee and everyone knows it. Radiohead last year, Arcade Fire, The Killers...Daft Punk is this year's guarantee. I will be shocked if they don't headline.
I can't imagine this ever actually happening, but let's say Coachella would seriously do something as bizarre as foregoing meat for an entire 3-day, 90,000-person music festival - there's no way they'd do it for a sub-headlining act. Right?
Maybe I'm totally wrong here, but I just can't envision The Smiths having a large enough crowd in 2013 to realistically headline Coachella. I don't have anything against The Smiths - but were they ever that big of a deal in the United States? I know they still have a lot of diehard superfans, but I can't imagine The Smiths would have that much more of an appeal in America next year than Pulp or James or even Madness had last year.
I suppose they could headline, I just have a hard time believing the majority of the crowd would prefer The Smiths to whomever is playing in the Sahara Tent at that time.
Just seems like a bit of a gamble to me - giving up tasty, tasty flesh for a band that the majority of people there haven't ever even listened to nor give much of a shit about.