The way I see it is right now they have way too many hip hop artists on the lineup for there to not be a Maine Stage again, otherwise the other three stages would be over-saturated with that genre, given that this is an alternative-based festival. I don't know how they'd change the orientation of the Maine Stage to cut down on the noise pollution with the Bigfoot stage and Banana Shack in relatively close proximity. Most if not all of the acts on the Maine are very bass-heavy and that noise is going to bleed over into other areas no matter what.
There's like 10 rap acts on the lineup. That comes to a grand total of 2.5 a day. I think the festival can maintain it's identity (your description is horseshit but i digress) and still host 1 rap act on each stage per day.
The Maine Stage will become a silent stage where everyone in the crowd gets a pair of wireless headphones.
This is a really good idea. Bonnaroo has a "silent disco", where they distribute headphones that are synched with a DJ on stage. There are only so many pairs of headphones, so a line forms, but watching everyone dance without hearing the music yourself can be more fun than actually being in the disco.
Yeah Squamish had one of those too. They're a blast. It all seems normal with the headphones on then when you stop for a second and take them off you realize how funny dancing looks when there is no music.
The way I see it is right now they have way too many hip hop artists on the lineup for there to not be a Maine Stage again, otherwise the other three stages would be over-saturated with that genre, given that this is an alternative-based festival.
Is alternative still even a thing people say? I feel like it is a regional/indie type crowd and there is a bunch of independent hip hop.
the maine stage isn't going anywhere, it would be a waste of money spent to trash it now...They were already clearing a spot for it in 2011, 2012 was an experiment, this year it will be shifted and considerations for the noise pollution will be made...
By this same logic: does that mean that the 50-foot shower is still going to be there?