The rumours are dead. On May 1st, in Indio, California, The Pixies will return, headlining the first night of Coachella, after 11 years away.
They'll play alongside the likes of Kraftwerk, Prefuse 73, Air, The Thrills, Electric Six, Sahara Hotnights, The (International) Noise Conspiracy and Radiohead at the two-day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which features a diverse line-up of rock, hip-hop and dance artists - apparently modelled on festivals like Glastonbury and Woodstock.
The rumour-mill is already churning out speculation that the Pixies will also headline Reading, and in some more - how can we put it - friggin'-weird corners of the interweb, people are guessing Frank Black (fresh from being rimmed by Brian Molko) and Jack Black (fresh from eating a box of donuts), will kick Jack White's lilly-white ass, drag him into The Von Bondies' pit and let nature take its course.
Release-wise, there's no news of new material, but 4AD are releasing a Pixies DVD containing all their videos, a live show, and a documentary, along with a 'retrospective compilation'. Pixies front-man, Frank Black, is apparently working on new solo material for release in the spring via SpinART.
DiScuss: What's your favourite Pixies tune? Did Placebo ruin 'Where is My Mind'? Did Fight Club debase 'Where is My Mind'? What's your fantasy festival line-up?