While people have a right to be unhappy with the lineup, I don't understand why they are directing their anger towards the Coachella organizers. It's not like they have a responsibility to YOU to ensure that you're 100% satisfied with the bands on the bill. Their responsibility is to make sure that the festival is a success, and by that I mean the following:
- The festival needs to make money, above all else. It's a business.
- The festival needs to be enjoyable enough that the people that attend it will be likely to return in subsequent years or tell their friends that they should attend in the future. It's called generating spin off business.
- The festival needs to maintain a status as being able to bring in an attractive lineup so that it received positive coverage in the media and from a majority of attendees. Remember, a majority isn't everybody.
Really, other than that, I don't think that there is a responsibility on the part of the organizers to give two shits about what people think. The difference with Goldenvoice is that they actually do seem to take their audiences wishes into account when arranging their events, and have produced lineups that I'd say are pretty solid for a number of years.
So, with all that being said, those of you who are upset with the lineup have a few options that you can take as consumers:
1. Don't buy tickets. Your dollars speak louder than your bitchy messages.
2. Spend your money on other festivals that do cater to your wishes and give them more of an ability to compete with Coachella, that way the competition may lead to you getting your way at a later date (or the festivals that to cater to your demands will become stronger themselves).
3. Try to start your own festival. Take the time to get a site, organize the construction of the stages and set up of tents and concessions, get sponsorship details, bring in the bands, sell tickets, advertise, and so on, and get all the bands that you love to play there. Try your best to turn a profit so that you don't lose your shirt doing it. Oh, and good luck with all of that by the way.
I would say that based on what they are responsible for, the Coachella organizers are going a great job. Last year, I was not impressed with the lineup, so I stayed home, even though I had the money and had arranged the time off. This year, I will attend because I like the lineup. That's my right as a consumer. And if I was really unimpressed with the product, I'd write a professional letter to the organizers explaining why I was unhappy and what alternatives I would have appreciated (a hint for some of you: by 'professional letter', I don't mean posting a bitchy rant on a message board with the subject line "this lineup fucking sucks'). And if they didn't respond to my concerns, I'd take my business elsewhere.
Anyway, that's my little essay. If you want to get mad at me for writing it, now's your chance.