Coachella Festival founder discusses 2009 line-up

'Amy Winehouse is too big for a tent now,' says Paul Tollett

Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival founder Paul Tollett has spoken about the line-up for this year’s event.

The 2009 event recently revealed its bill, which includes Paul McCartney, Morrissey, The Cure, The Killers, Amy Winehouse and My Bloody Valentine as headliners of the three-day bash.

Tollett told NME.COM that he has hoped McCartney would perform at the massive California desert festival for a long time.

Paul McCartney has been on my list of something I would love,” Tollett said. “I think it’s taken years before we made the radar of an artist like him.”

When asked if he thinks veteran rockers such as the former Beatle and Leonard Cohen will attract an older generation of music lovers to the festival, he said, “I don’t know if older generations go out to Coachella in big numbers. Some of the more adventuresome, maybe. But I think it’s good for people who go to Coachella to see artists like Paul McCartney and Leonard Cohen – they are pretty incredible. The catalogue of songs those artists have is just great. A lot of it goes back to The Beatles.”

As for the younger acts, Tollett said he’s confident that Winehouse will put on a good show, despite the fact that she’s cancelled festival appearances in the past due to health issues. “Seems like Amy‘s doing well now, from all accounts,” he said. “The last show she did out here was at Coachella in 2007 in a tent. She’s too big for that now. She’ll play on the Main Stage before The Killers.”

Tollett added that despite the current economic climate and yesterday’s (February 3) cancellation of Miami’s Langerado Festival due to sluggish ticket sales, he is not concerned about Coachella sales declining. “(The economy) doesn’t seem to be affecting anything,” he said. “It’s going great, tickets are selling really well. I saw that Glastonbury sold out already, so that’s exciting.”

The Coachella Festival is set to take place April 17, 18 and 19 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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