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Coachella: 2006 Dates Set, Documentary Due

As expected, the seventh Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will return April 29-30 to Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Rumors are already flying about the event lineup, but sources say talent offers are still in the process of being made and that an artist announcement is likely several weeks away.

In the meantime, the festival will be the subject of the two-hour retrospective documentary “Coachella,” which will premiere Jan. 19 at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre and roll out Jan. 24 to additional U.S. theaters.

“Coachella” rounds up some of the most iconic performances from throughout the fest’s history, stretching back to Morrissey at the inaugural 1999 show up through a 2005 clip of the Arcade Fire. In between is footage of such acts as Bjork, Radiohead, the Pixies, the White Stripes, the Chemical Brothers, Oasis, the Flaming Lips, Iggy & the Stooges, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kool Keith and Beck, among many others.

The film was directed by Drew Thomas and produced by event promoter Goldenvoice.