overall i don't think this lineup even comes close to being as good as coachella, but there is definitely enough to keep me busy for three days.
March 2 - Deafheaven
March 3 - Against Me!
March 31 - Eric Prydz
April 14-16 - Coachella
April 22-23 - Decibel Metal & Beer Festival
May 4 - The Weeknd
May 20 - Mastodon/EODM/Russian Circles
May 30 - Conan/North
June 9 - Sigur Rós
July 3 - Roger Waters
July 30 - Panorama Festival
August 17-20 - Psycho Las Vegas
September 9 - Green Day
October 6-8 - ACL wknd. 1
Just pulled the trigger on some weekend two passes.
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I found a great deal on flights through orbitz last night, but I didn't buy them. I doubt I can find a better deal than $259 round trip, but I needed to figure out my vacation time and coordinate with my friends that are also going. I used that Virgin promo code posted upthread, but didn't feel like the 25% discount was a better deal that I can typically find through orbitz even though Virgin has the better amenities.
besides, I should probably get my flight squared away for OSL before ACL.
For me, this lineup is better than Coachella's. I love the headliners, sub headers and a bunch the under cards. Such a great lineup! I already gott tickets and I can't wait to go. Austin is an amazing place!!
When i'm deciding what festivals to go to I weigh headliners more than other bands mainly because they have the longest set, play in darkness, get full stage setups, etc. But i'll never let shitty headliners ruin an amazing undercard or great headliners pull me to a shitty festival.
ACL wins NA festivals this year for me. I'm gonna try to make it.
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Is Downtown Austin a pretty convenient place to stay for this? I noticed the rates there are pretty pricey for the weekend and I am assuming that is why. Any other recommendations? I know zero about Austin. thanks!
Yes downtown is perfect! It's a couple miles away from Zilker park(the place where ACL magic happens) and late night entertainment such as the famous 6th street is all waking distance. The river is there and the whole place is super lively. "Live music capital of the world!"
No matter what people say, in general, yes, headliners are important.
No matter what people say, in general, you're a dumbass hick.
just because you didn't see any headliners, it doesn't mean that a lot of the ticket sales aren't driven by headliners. I only typically see 1 of the headliners each year and the only reason I saw a headliner this year was because I went both weekends, but to most people, they matter.
that said, I really like this lineup. the headliners are among the best of any US festival this year and I do prefer them to coachella's, but coachella's overall lineup was truly great this year as well.
For us, the headliners are extremely important, because our show dollars are limited and the subs (and lower) don't give you a full show. So lets say I love Faith No More, which I do. If they're a headliner, I get a full 90-120 set that allows me to skip them locally. If they're a sub and get :55 for their set, I'll still feel like I have to see them at their own show. So instead of saving cash through the festival, I'm losing it.
I paid $200 for ACL. I would pay $50 each for The Cure, Depeche, and Muse... So $50 for QotSA (short set or not) and the rest of the bands is a steal. At Voodoo, I pay $100... And I pay $100 just to see Pearl Jam alone, without NIN, etc.
So... If I get my money's worth from the headliners, I can justify the entire fest very easily. And let's face it, lots of subs don't have more than an hour set in them anyhow. The Divine Fits? Great for an hour, not enough material for longer.
And whoever thought I was justifying Kings of Leon as a headliner... Uh, no. RHCP Is a better headliner than KoL based on history, but their live performance was still garbage. KoL is not ever my choice to headline, but they're a fine 1:15 type sub band. They should sub under Black Keys or Arcade Fire or whoever, not the other way around.
Also, I get that there are lots of people who don't care about headliners. Ify
acl and coachella lineups both kick a**. at coachella, you have the mountains, artwork, beautiful weather, and many other things. at acl, the festival is held in austin. i do not need to say anymore. austin is the best american city for live music. i have been to both festivals about five times. we are all fortunate people if we can hear music in either setting.
maybe because i live in austin but you cant beat coachella's venue, location and 1am end time.
unless you are a headliner at ACL you are playing in daylight.
Coachella's late start blows and limits way too many bands to short sets, it's in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do except the fest, and it could be either blisteringly hot with no protection or freezing cold... also with no protection. There's no absolute "can't beat" in that group. We prefer city festivals to middle-of-nowhere fests, and noon music so we can jam out early on.
The first bands at Coachella have started before Noon the last few years so I have have no idea what Tom is talking about. I go to Lolla every year, but the 10:00 curfew is definitely a drawback. At Coachella you get almost six hours worth of music after dark on Friday-Saturday and five on Sunday. That makes a huge difference.
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As for "music after dark", who the fuck cares? Unless the band has a killer light show (and few do) what does it matter how light or dark it is outside?
I'm not telling anybody what they should like or not like, I'm just saying that making sweeping generalizations about how you can't beat this or that is dumb. Every festival has its charm, but if you picked up Coachella and dropped it into a major metro (like Chicago or New Orleans, for instance) and changed nothing about it else about it, that makes it a better festival. There's more to see/do/eat after the fest. That's why the Lollapaloozas and Voodoos don't need to go to 1am - once you leave the festival, there's still a ton of shit to do in town. If you go back to the room and crash directly after Voodoo, you're brain dead.
Yeah, who cares whether or not it's sunny as shit and 100 degrees where you're trying to enjoy music?
OSL is in a park where you wouldnt notice there is a giant city looming over it like Lolla. So you want to go to Bonnaroo cause its ''natural''?
edit: Oh yeah, weekend 1 finally ''sold out'' they totally beat Coach on the ticket sales speed this time!
comparing a on-site-camping-boonies-superfestival and a city festival is kind of strange.
both are awesome, and i enjoy them equally but differently. will be trying to scare up some aftermarket WE1 tickets later.