Has anyone done any internet detective work to find out what's going on with Vampire Weekend's placement? In the past there were only four bands on the Bigfoot on Fridays, and Vampire Weekend is a fifth. I'm crossing my fingers that they're going to be in a late night slot and won't conflict with anything else. Any other option doesn't seem right.
My theory is that this tentative schedule posted on page 1 (which is not the definitive schedule) represents Snacks realizing that some people may not see Macklemore as the headliner they may have thought a Friday night deserves and so Vampire Weekend on a different stage with a cross over time provides a more than decent alternative. Not everyone from the NW enjoy what Macklemore brings to the table so it's not a demotion for Vampire Weekend from their last gig here, just a different view and choice. Gives the people headliner options.
What was it that tipped Snacks off to Macklemore not being good enough as a headliner? The instant sellout of the festival? The month he spent at the top of the charts? Performing on SNL? I can't say I'm a fan of his but there's not question that Snacks is happy with his decision right now.
More importantly, Macklemore and Vampire Weekend have very very similar audiences. If Snacks wanted to counter program against Macklemore he would pick someone that would draw a different crowd. A big EDM show or something like Primus would be much better choices.
I mean, I'm definitely not going to go see macklemore, but people sure do seem to like him. Another one of those headliners that makes me happy I don't have to decide between him and something else, because just about anything else would be preferable.