I keep Waiting For theTalkingHeads To Reunite...But It Isn't Happening
I keep Waiting For theTalkingHeads To Reunite...But It Isn't Happening
girl talk 2012
ellie goulding 2011
Chromeo 2011, 2008
The Glitch Mob 2008, 2010
skrillex 2011 2013 (as dog blood)
foster the people 2011
Empire of the Sun 2011
Fatboy Slim 2008
arcade fire 2011
calvin harris 2012
duck sauce 2011
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It should be called Repeatchella or Recyclechella. Coachella is no more.
It's clear that this year Coachella went in a much more mainstream, safe, contemporary direction. It's sad to see a festival that once put together much more daring, off beat and hard to see acts slowly start to sell out and descend into a more pop friendly direction. Noticeably absent is a compelling 90s throwback band or much nostalgia of any kind. OK there might be a couple bands, but they are pretty weak compared to prior years.
Here's to hoping that Coachella doesn't devolve into a contemporary music only festivel
Well one problem is the number of festivals on the calendar. All those rare must see acts are playing them year in and year out. What can Goldenvoice do? Everyone popped up to try and be like them, many have failed, many still struggle on, but there are only so many bands around. Then you need bands that are available to play in April in Indio...for 2 weekends. And what reunions are left these days? It's so easy to just look at a lineup and judge with no idea whatsoever what really goes into booking the festival. They can only work with what is available.
That's a fair point. I don't necessarily mean to put all the blame on Coachella. There are natural ebbs and flows in the music industry that they can't control and at the end of the day I still have immense admiration for them and the lineups they pull together every year. That being said I do think they could have maybe done a little bit better if they had really wanted to.
Knowing the people that put this together, they work so hard to get the bands they do. The year McCartney played they were without him as a headliner until after Christmas, on the phone all day every day trying to solidify the lineup. Hundreds of texts a day back and forth between festival heads, etc. It is insane the amount of time and effort it takes to make a lineup like this happen and their one goal is to please the fans. That is why they do this, more so than any other festival promoter out there, guaranteed. People are under the illusion that if Goldenvoice asks, a band will just drop what they are doing for the opportunity to play. To most bands it's just another show on a tour that was routed months to a year in advance.
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Holy shit!!!!! People are being logical and making smart comments on a message board. I like it.
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Festivals aren't new anymore, there are many who try to copy. If you have been going to Coachella 5 plus years in a row its probably expected there will be some repeats. Im excited for what they have put together and undoubtedly the will have some awesome surprises. Coachella has the best atmosphere of any US festival hands down.
Ugh, we all know it's not easy to book a festival. No one is saying it has to be every dream act on our wishlist. We're just asking for a couple more adventurous bookings. In another thread, I listed like 25+ acts that had albums out last year that would make for really fresh, interesting bookings than some of these awful, snoozy repeats. I have no doubt they're trying to appeal to their audience, but their audience is shifting in a certain direction. Obviously not all of those acts are available, but 2 or 3 of them surely would be in place of a boring act that played twice in the past five years. And these are mostly smaller print bands. I think the rare, big print stuff is where the lineup really excels this year (excluding Saturday), it's just that the undercard is so completely underwhelming. You look at an older poster and the lower line acts are now bigger names and have proven to having a lasting impact. Obviously not every single one, but a surprisingly large number. When I look at this poster, I see acts that people already have considered to be washed up, little lone be relevant a few years down the line. I simply just don't buy the line that every interesting band is unable to commit and we have to settle for Cage The Elephant, MGMT, Beady Eye and Sleigh Bells, especially when there's stories of board members talking to bands who say they'd love to play but weren't even approached. It's just a different festival now, it has been for years, they still throw a few bones to the original demographic (and there was kind of hope for the way things were going with how many they threw us last year), but it's really the laziness of the undercard that makes this seem so lackluster when that was usually the strongest card GV had to play.
This is actually the best line-up Goldenvoice put out in years. Well, that is if you like underground house & techno. Tiga, Scuba, Duke Dumont, Bicep, Maceo Plex, Hot Since 82, Solomun, Cajmere, Nina Kraviz, Art Department, The Martinez Brothers, Dixon, Guy Gerber and Laurent Garnier are all great. Even some of the more popular electronic acts like Disclosure, Flume, and Fatboy Slim are excellent choices. If you like molly, and want to roll for three days straight, this is probably the line-up for you...
With the exception of the larger acts, all of these dj's play NYC (namely Output) more than once a year. I'll be patiently waiting for the Knife to announce NYC show(s) next week and the Replacements sometime in the near future
ps Lorde ahead of the Pet Shop Boys! Are you serious!?!? And I wonder how Bryan Ferry feels after a 42 year career being billed below Chromeo and HAIM. Lastly seeing the words 'Lana del Ray' right next to 'Motörhead' =
There remains a valid question why some acts have high profile bookings 4 times in 9 years while other acts like Neil Young, Pearl Jam or David Byrne and a couple dozen other notable new/old acts that have never set foot on the polo grounds in the past 15 years despite playing other international festivals.
I'm fine with this year's line-up. I mean, I can think of a dozen headliners I'd rather have had than The Outkast, but that's just personal taste. I didn't like Jack Johnson for a headliner, either. There's plenty of other acts I want to see on all three days this time. It's funny to read some of these threads, actually. I find the line-up a bit too heavy on "electronica/techo" overall, and yet many of you think there's not enough "quality" electro/techno this year. It's all about perspectives, isn't it?
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how bout this.....YOU ARE ALL OLD!
what happened to discovery at coachella? the headliners are just the cherry on top of the coachella sundae. get over yourselves and quit being a bunch of cry babies. better YOU don't go anyway!
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It sold out.
Apparently people like the lineup. I thought last years was underwhelming, but in reality, I'm just moving away from the Coachella demographic. I mean we can't blame Coachella for the lack of decent music in these modern times. They book what will sell out two weekends. We now get a handful of amazing acts, but an Outkast reunion isn't enough for me to commit to a weekend. I want single day tickets again for a shit lineup like this, but if lineups like this continue to sell out, then GV won't do anything.
I mean they could pay U2 a large sum of money to play for them, but they'd rather get arcade fire and muse. They spent their bank on acts in the past (Prince!) & established their brand, now they don't have to have the best festival lineups ever.
I like the lineup, but maybe that's because I live in a town in which I don't get to see most of the acts that I like. This is the one time a year when I can see a bunch of artists I like, discover new artists, and be around a bunch of great people in a great environment. I don't take many vacations anymore, so I really value this as a vacation experience with friends rather than purely a concert experience. I guess I've also just learned to gloss over the stuff I don't like. I don't really care if Skrillex, Foster the People, or other acts in that realm are there. Based on prior likes, and subsequent discoveries, my days will probably be pretty full of good music and good friends. I never thought I'd have the chance to see Outkast, which is my favorite hip-hop group ever. I also never really thought I'd see Motorhead. I'm pretty excited, but maybe I'm just easy to please.
I really try to stay positive, but this is the BITCH thread. I am sad to see this lineup. I know well only 8 bands on this poster and have either seen them before or was never excited about them in the first place. Every other year I knew at least 15-20 bands on the lineup and of those 15-20 bands I was so so excited to see so many. Last year I was nearly in tears by all the amazing music I would get to see. The other years it was the same. However, I do know between the release of the lineup and actual Coachella I learned about and fell in love with many great acts. So, I guess my end positive thought is, I am so glad Coachella released early. Because it will take a good three months to research this bunch of artists. On a scale of 1-10 I have already researched Knife and give them a 5, Broken Bells 8, Farrell 5, Neutral Milk Hotel 9, Daughter 7, and Caged Elephant a 6. So, already looking forward to Broken Bells and Neutral Milk Hotel and was not familiar with them.
The line-up does suck! Outkast? Muse again? Arcade Fire for the 10th time? What happened to the Coachella that took chances and brought in people that no one else did? I must agree that there are far too many festivals that seem to just shape the same line-up, but Coachella use to be the trend setter. Now, Coachella is just another festival, and even though I have been 7x since 2005, I guess I will have to miss Lorde! What a major, but expected disappointment. It's sad that I see that Firefly in Delaware, or Governors Ball in NYC have better line-ups. What about bands that have a "wow, that is so Coachella" like Aztec Camera, Slowdive, Bowie, Warlocks, Fresh and Onlys, Loop, and the reaction to bands that only Coachella would have on their poster, or at least first: Suede, B.A.D, P.I.L, Prince, Specials, even Tool. But fuckin Lorde?