You gotta make up your mind Goldbeard. You shit all over artists that get popular after one album saying they don't deserve the popularity then you shit all over Ryan Adams who might have more albums than anyone else on the line up (I'm not going to bother checking). I don't really like his music either but he has earned his spot on the line up and your opinion of him doesn't change that.
I just see the EDM dude being Calvin Harris and that blows. Pretty Lights and Skrillex are probably out since they are playing Shambles. I don't think there's a Santa Clause or anything but I doubt many acts that aren't local will play Pemberton, tour for a couple weeks then come back to the same area for another festival.
I'm hoping they don't go for an EDM headliner, but they'll certainly have some big overpriced DJ to draw the kids. It has to be any day now though. I don't know who started these twitter rumours about Phish but they did just announce a tour that lines up perfectly. If that was the delay then I'm expecting it really soon, but there could also be something on the Glasto lineup that is holding things up.
I see no evidence to support this, but I would be pretty cool with it. If it's Phish, Kanye and another rock band like The Strokes (or some EDM like Calvin Harris, please no) that would be ballsy as hell, especially if they do unopposed headliners again.
I can't really see them going that route though, they need to sell tickets this year. Then again Squamish had Bruno Mars, Arcade Fire and Eminem as headliners last year, which is equally incoherent, and it sold pretty well.
I remember that from Coachella 2013 but I thought I knew them all at the 2011 show. Apparently I was wrong. Also that is awesome that they posted that entire set. I might just listen to it all right now...
This might sound crazy but it's pretty likely that you can find a ride back to Seattle from the festival just from the people you meet (assuming you have a way there, how does that work?)
My group has given a few people rides back to Seattle or Bellingham because their friends were leaving earlier then they wanted to leave. Almost everyone is going to be going through Seattle on their way home. Many have an extra couple seats.
That being said locking down a ride before hand is always a smart idea.
There's these things called planes, they get people places pretty quick.
Best bet, fly to Seattle on Thursday (earlier the better) and see if you can find a ride with someone or rent a car if you can afford it. Or just wait of Osheaga because I bet the line-ups will have lots of overlap.
Some of the major ones have changed, but last year I experienced two of the best festival crowds I have ever seen (Tall Tree and Pemberton) so there are still good people out there, they have just moved on. I'm pretty sure the change in crowds has more to do with the fact we are all getting older rather than the crowds actually changing.
Oh and side note Coachella was awesome last year and the year before. Sure there are terrible people that attend but I found many a group of awesome people all by myself at the right shows. If you refuse to do Coachella because of what you think it is you are missing out on one of the most impressive music festivals in the world in terms of line up (this year kind of blows though) production (some of the art is hands down amazing) and overall organization (there's 90,000 people there and it hardly feels crowded most of the time).
Well Passion Pit and Run the Jewels will crossover to Pemberton. Weezer maybe, which I'm cool with because I still maintain my opinion that they are a lot of fun live. Other than that Blondie and TVotR played Pemberton last year.
Pretty good line up but I preferred last year and I'll be doing Pemberton anyway.
If you've got premier camping getting in shouldn't take long. The last couple years they have lined everyone up into roughly 10 different lines (kind of like getting into Coachella camping) and any extra will line up down the road. Once you make it through the road line (if any exists) there is different way to go for Premier I believe. Basically you should be fine.
Traffic seems to be pretty hit or miss regardless of when you arrive. They do seem to have gotten a little better in the past couple years, but that might change with the charging for camping thing they now have.
Getting there earlier or later has zero impact on where you end up. It's a total crapshoot and often people who show up later end up closer to the venue. I'd recommend getting there well before the sun goes down thursday so you have a couple hours in line and still some daylight to set up.
I've also never heard any soundchecks from the mainstage in camping, so I'm not sure about that.