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UPDATED: Show Me the Body Now Say They’re Playing Coachella Festival


Running a music festival is a complicated business, with multiple lines of communication required to be open at all times and tricky artist relations always threatening to muck up the works. Just ask the folks behind Coachella, who are currently dealing with a bit of a public relations embarrassment after announcing their 2017 lineup on Jan. 3.

NME points out that Show Me the Body, a New York-based hardcore group listed as part of the lineup for this year’s edition of the festival, have issued a public denial of their supposed Coachella involvement. According to the group, although they were initially approached about performing, they ultimately declined.

Understandably concerned about having their name used to help sell tickets — and worried that fans might seek out the festival only to be disappointed by false advertising — the band expressed a hope that Coachella and its organizers would refrain from “[exploiting] our name.” Still, like any group of young artists, they aren’t too proud to reach an agreement…for the right price, that is.

While it’s apparent that Show Me the Body probably won’t be appearing at Coachella this year, the festival’s confirmed lineup still includes plenty of other acts. As previously reported, the long-running event’s 2017 edition — which, per tradition, will unfold over two weekends in April — is set to be headlined by a roster of artists led by Radiohead, Beyonce, and Kendrick Lamar. For more complete details, take a look at our rundown right here.

UPDATED: Show Me the Body have tweeted that they will now play Coachella. However, in light of yesterday’s news that Philip Anschuz, the owner of Coachella’s parent company, AEG Worldwide, has given money to anti-LGBTQ and anti-climate change organizations, the band will play two shows in Los Angeles before the festival to benefit homeless LGBTQ youth and California climate advocacy efforts.

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