Paul McCartney headlining Coachella

Layaway option available for three-day festival passes

NEW YORK -- Paul McCartney, the Killers and the Cure lead the bill for the 10th Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 17-19 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

McCartney will be making his maiden American festival appearance at the event. "I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world," he said. "I'm really excited to get out there and rock!"

Coachella has been after My Bloody Valentine for years, and nearly had the band booked for its 2008 festival. But frontman Kevin Shields ultimately decided the freshly reunited MBV would not have been ready to perform by last year's show date and instead waited until the fall before playing North American shows.

As for Winehouse, this will be her first major U.S. appearance since performing at the 2008 Grammy Awards. The U.K. artist's 2007 Coachella set came at a time when she was breaking through in the States with her single "Rehab" and album "Back to Black," but in the past 18 months she's been beset with drug problems and erratic behavior.

Meanwhile, Cohen's Coachella appearance will be part of his first North American tour in 15 years, which begins Feb. 19 in New York.

Other highlights of the festival lineup include Fleet Foxes, Conor Oberst, the Black Keys, the Hold Steady, Superchunk, Dr. Dog, TV on the Radio, Okkervil River and Band of Horses from the world of indie rock; and MSTRKRFT, Girl Talk, Thievery Corporation, the Crystal Method, Throbbing Gristle, Groove Armada and Roni Size from the dance and electronic community.

The Drive-By Truckers will perform their own set on April 18 as well as back soul legend Booker T & the MGs, while rock veterans such as X, Paul Weller, Henry Rollins and Bob Mould add a dose of experience to the lineup.

Among the buzz bands and notable newcomers playing this year are White Lies, who currently have the No. 1 album in the United Kingdom, N.A.S.A., the Airborne Toxic Event, Cage the Elephant, Gang Gang Dance, Hercules and Love Affair, Vivian Girls, Lykke Li, Late of the Pier, the Knux and the Gaslight Anthem.

Coachella tickets go on sale this morning via Ticketmaster. For the first time, festival promoter Goldenvoice is offering a layaway plan for three-day passes, which is available only online and through Feb. 28.

The lineup for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is on the next page.

Lineup for the 2009 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival:

Friday, April 17
Paul McCartney
Franz Ferdinand
Leonard Cohen
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
The Black Keys Girl Talk
Silversun Pickups
The Ting Tings
The Crystal Method
Ghostland Observatory
Crystal Castles
The Airborne Toxic Event
We Are Scientists
Patton & Rahzel
M. Ward
The Presets
The Hold Steady
A Place to Bury Strangers
Felix da Housecat
Buraka Som Sistema
Ryan Bingham
Peanut Butter Wolf
Noah & the Whale
White Lies
The Bug
Alberta Cross
Los Campesinos!
Craze & Klever
Gui Boratto
Steve Aoki
The Aggrolites
People Under the Stairs
The Courteeners
Cage the Elephant
Dear and the Headlights

Saturday, April 18
The Killers
Amy Winehouse
Thievery Corporation
TV on the Radio
Band of Horses
Fleet Foxes
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Henry Rollins
Hercules and Love Affair
Dr. Dog
Drive-By Truckers
Booker T & the DBT's
Amanda Palmer
The Bloody Beetroots
Para One (Live)
Bob Mould Band
Zane Lowe
Electric Touch
Blitzen Trapper
James Morrison
Drop the Lime
Glass Candy
Gang Gang Dance
Billy Talent
Ida Maria
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Cloud Cult

Sunday, April 19
The Cure
My Bloody Valentine
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Throbbing Gristle
Lupe Fiasco
Paul Weller
Peter Bjorn and John
Antony & the Johnsons
Roni Size
Public Enemy
Jenny Lewis
Groove Armada
Paolo Nutini
Christopher Lawrence
Lykke Li
The Kills
Okkervil River
Sebastien Tellier
Fucked Up
Perry Farrell
The Horrors
Late of the Pier
Junior Boys
Brian Jonestown Massacre
No Age
Vivian Girls
Shepard Fairey
Gaslight Anthem
The Knux
Mexican Institute of Sound
The Night Marchers
Marshall Barnes