Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past

Coachella Posters Through the Years
The crowd at Coachella 2011
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04/16/2014 AT 05:00 PM EDT

Coachella turns 15 this year, and has firmly lodged itself in the zeitgeist.

Coachella's posters provide a wonderful timeline for revisiting festivals past: In its early years, few people even knew about the weird festival being held in the California desert, and fewer still considered it an opportune time to appropriate Native American headdresses. Here is every lineup since 1999 – journey back in time with us.

Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 1999 poster

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Observations: Rage Against the Machine, Tool and Beck anchor a very 1999-seeming festival. Sadly, Coachella '99 failed to turn a profit, meaning the next time the festival was held was 2001.

Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 2001 poster

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Observations: A newly reunited Jane's Addiction headlined Coachella in 2001. We're not quite sure what Bad Company was doing there, but they probably had a good time.



Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 2002 poster

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Observations: Rock seemed to gain a larger foothold at Coachella in 2002, with The Strokes, Oasis, Foo Fighters and goth progenitors Siouxsie & The Banshees among that year's highest-profile acts.

Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 2003 poster

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Observations: Pharrell Williams has come a long way – 11 years ago, he was a third-tier act at Coachella (as part of N.E.R.D.). Also, check out the Black Eyed Peas near the bottom on the first night – in 2003, they weren't the dominant pop force they'd eventually become.

Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 2004 poster

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Observations: Oldies acts continued to do big business for Coachella, with Kraftwerk, Pixies and The Cure anchoring 2004's lineup. (Oh, and a little band called Radiohead.)

Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 2005

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Observations: The 1980s were back in a big way in 2005, with Bauhaus, New Order and Gang of Four performing. And Jem, though regrettably, not the band from the cartoon series.

Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 2006 poster

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Observations: Coachella '06 basically came down to one thing: Daft Punk unveiled their soon-to-be-legendary pyramid this year. Madonna was there too.

Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 2007 poster

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Observations: 2007 was the first year Coachella expanded into a three-day festival, and featured an appropriately sprawling lineup. Björk, a reunited Rage Against the Machine – even Willie Nelson was there!

Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 2008 poster

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Observations: Yes, Jack Johnson headlined. More important: Prince!

Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 2009 poster

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Observations: 2009 is also known by Coachella-storians as "the year Paul McCartney showed up and showed a bunch of people half his age how to properly rock a crowd of thousands."

Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 2010 poster

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Observations: The first headlining rap act in seven years.

Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 2011 poster

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Observations: Mumford & Sons weren't quite the world beaters in April 2011 they'd eventually become, but their set during Saturday's firmly indie-oriented lineup helped spread the gospel of their intense, sweat-drenched live shows.

Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 2012 poster

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Observations: How could anyone know that, by the end of Coachella '12, the words "Tupac hologram" would enter the zeitgeist?

Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 2013 poster

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Observations: Established rock acts ruled Coachella in 2013, with Blur, the Stone Roses, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Social Distortion, New Order ... the list went on.

Revisit 15 Years of Coachella with Every Poster from Festivals Past| Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, N.E.R.D., Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, The Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Pharrell Williams

Coachella 2014 poster

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Observations: This year, it's all about OutKast. And also heavy metal legends Motörhead, who have the honor and rare distinction of being both the heaviest and oldest band at Coachella this year, and maybe the only band to ever hold that crown.

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