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Duran Duran, The Strokes Tapped For Coachella; Official Lineup Coming Soon UPDATE

Coachella's official lineup should be announced very, very soon -- lest anyone forget that this week is usually when the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival makes it big announcement.

In lieu of the entire festival lineup, a few acts have already been confirmed for the festival's 2011 edition -- Duran Duran, The Strokes, OMD and Gary Numan.

Duran Duran are set to headline Saturday night, Billboard reports. UPDATE: The boys will be playing a non-headlining Sunday night gig. It makes perfect sense as Saturday is Coachella's "retro" night, if you will, with Crowded House, Depeche Mode and Prince among the list of past Saturday big name acts. 

Gary Numan -- of "Cars" and "M.E." fame -- unfortunately missed last year's festival due to the eruption and of Eyjafjallajökull and its subsequent ash grounding flights from Europe. The Strokes -- who recently confirmed a March 22 release date for their next album -- are set to play this year's festival. No word if they will headline or not -- perhaps the heavily-rumored Arcade Fire could take that slot.

As we edge closer towards the official announcement -- which I think should come later today -- it's always interesting to speculate who all will be playing by taking a look at their already scheduled spring tours.

First off, Coachella's official website has been playing videos by confirmed acts as a sort of tease for this year's festival-goers. Tame Impala, Fanfarlo and Monarchy have all had a video featured on the website's main page, making them all but confirmed for the festival.

Consequence of Sound's fantastic Festival Outlook page for Coachella usefully lists all the rumored artists and all-but-confirmed artists with some helpful proof. Take The Black Keys, for instance -- their date at the Mesa Amphitheatre is on April 14 -- the day before Coachella kicks off. It's more than likely that they will end up in Indio playing a set. British indie rockers Foals just announced a North American tour, with an April 15 date in San Diego and an April 19 date in Houston. It'd be hard not to believe a date at Coachella will fall in between. Finally, British Sea Power has an April 9 date in Tempe at the Clubhouse. They also have a gig on April 17 in Atlanta, all but confirming a Friday or Saturday date in the palm desert.

Bands like Aussie elctronic/indie rockers Cut Copy are less than couth about their Coachella plans, listing a Friday, April 15 date as "Take A Wild Guess." Whatever the case may be, when British bands start booking North American tours with dates in San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Austin in and around a few days before or after Coachella, chances are they're playing the festival.

So enjoy the last few moments of Coachella lineup speculation. Once everything is announced, I will be sure to update this post with all the necessary information.

UPDATE: The official lineup hit the Internet late Monday night. Here are all of the bands:

!!!, 12th Planet, Afrojack, Alf Alpha, Andy C, Angus and Julia Stone, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, A-Trak, Axwell, Beardyman, Best Coast, Big Audio Dynamite, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, Bomba Estereo, Boys Noize, Brandon Flowers, Brandt Brauer Frick, Breakage, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, Cage the Elephant, Caifanes, Caspa, Cee Lo Green, Chromeo, Chuckie, City and Colour, Clare Maguire, Cold Cave, Cold War Kids, Crystal Castles, CSS, Cults, Cut Copy, Daedelus, Death From Above 1979, Delorean, Delta Sprirt, DJ Hype, DJ Kentaro, DJ Marky, DJ Zinc, Duck Sauce, Duran Duran, EE, Elbow, Electric Touch, Eliza Doolittle, Ellie Goulding, Emicida, Empire of the Sun, Erick Morillo, Erykah Badu, Excision, , Fat Freddy's Drop, Fedde Le Grand, Fistful of Mercy, Flogging Molly, Foals, Foster the People, Francis and the Lights, Freelance Whales, fun., G.Q., Gayngs, Glasser, Gogol Bordello, Good Old War, Gord Downie, Goth Trad, Green Velvet, Gypsy and the Cat, HEALTH, Here We Go Magic, High Contrast, Hurts, Interpol, Jack Beats, Jack's Mannequin, Jakes, Jenny and Johnny, Jimmy Eat World, Joachim Garraud, Joy Orbison, Kanye West, Kele, Kings of Leon, Klaxons, Kode9, Kyle Hall, Laidback Luke, Leftfield, Lightning Bolt, Lil' B, Lorn, Los Bunkers, Magnetic Man, Mariachi El Bronx, Marina and the Diamonds, Mary Anne Hobbs, MEN, Menomena, Monarchy, Mount Kimbie, Moving Units, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mumford & Sons, Nas & Damian Marley, Neon Trees, New Pants, Nosaj Thing, OFF!, OFWGKTA, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, One Day as a Lion, Ozomatli, Paul van Dyk, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, PJ Harvey, Plan B, Ramadanman, Raphael Saadiq, Ras G, Ratatat, Riva Starr, Robyn, Roska, Rye Rye, Sander Kleinenberg, Sasha, SBTRKT, Scala & Kolacny Bros., Scissor Sisters, She Wants Revenge, Shpongle, Skrillex, Sleigh Bells, Steve Angello, Sven Vath, Take, Tame Impala, Terror Danjah, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, The Aquabats, The Black Keys, The Chemical Brothers, The Drums, The Felice Brothers, The Henry Clay People, The Joy Formidable, The Kills, The London Suede, The Love Language, The Morning Benders, The National, The New Pornographers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Presets, The Radio Dept., The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Strokes, The Swell Season, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Twelves, Thunderball, Tinie Tempah, Titus Andronicus, Tokimonsta, Trampled by Turtles, Trentemoller, Twin Shadow, Two Door Cinema Club, Warpaint, Wire, Wiz Khalifa, Yacht, Yelle, Zed Bias.

The 2011 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will be held at the Empire Polo Grounds on April 15-17. Tickets will be $269 for a 3-day pass (plus all according fees) and will go on sale this Friday at 10 AM. Check for any and all updates.
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Michael Lopez