The festival circuit this year is quite interesting, in my opinion. Coachella’s lineup is the best I’ve seen in several years, brining in acts like Lana Del Rey and Lorde. On the other hand, I find most of the other festivals are lacking in quality. The circling headliners this year seem to generally be Jack Johnson, Outkast, Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters etc. I think these artists are all incredibly talented, but not exactly what I was hoping for. However, it does seem that the lower tear acts this year are the highlights. HAIM, Avicii, Neutral Milk Hotel etc.
Interestingly enough, one of the festivals I think has a good lineup this year is the Big Guava Festival in Tampa, Florida. I had not even heard of this festival until this year, but with the quality acts they’re bringing in, it caught my attention. Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Girl Talk, HAIM, 21 Pilots, etc.
I guess no one will ever be truly happy with one particular lineup. The festivals that bring in a lot of EDM acts, the attendees complain that there is not enough variety. The ones with more of a vast lineup of acts see complaints about a lack of EDM. I wish it could just be about the experience. Certainly I would like to see a few more of my favorite bands at the festivals I’m going to, but it’s more about the process of listing to the music in a crowd of fellow music lovers for me. One day I will make it to Coachella, though, it’s on my bucket list so obviiiiii it’s has to happen. lol.