Given how bad it was last year they would have had to put out an amazing line up to even get me to consider it. I was never planning on going. Shambles is still a maybe, though more leaning to yes at this point.
That Squamish lineup is beyond terrible and I'm not going to miss much of that at Pemberton. There is a legitimate possibility that when they release the day by day lineup there will be days with nothing I would want to see, which is mind boggling for a festival that costs that much.
I've found it was about 50/50. Even then as long as you aren't physically in a car they don't care. If someone dropped you at the gates with a backpack and a tent I'm 95% sure you could just walk right in and join your friends that are already in camping.
With the exception of driving in for the first time, have any of you ever had your wristbands checked in the campground? You'll drive in, give them the ticket at the gate for the car and that will be that. They aren't going to check 25000 wristbands every night for people coming back to the campground.
Let me get this straight. There's a corner of the Internet devoted to Sasquatch discussion filled with thin skinned Sasquatch Message Board cast offs with thoughtless posts, poor grammar, and LOL-speak, and it's called Reddit? I thought that already existing on Facebook.
I would be ok with them booking a few of the acts again, but it just seems lazy. Since they had poor attendance last year I wouldn't be surprised if they try to switch things up a little.
Squamish seems to be going the pop route (especially if they did book Sam Smith) so hopefully that's out for them. More hip hop could work, and I really hope it would be Kanye over Drake. He is due around here, I think he cancelled 2, maybe 3 times in the last couple years? Also I enjoyed his set at Life is Beautiful last year.
Without checking tour dates at all because I'm lazy I'll say the Strokes and the Black Keys are possible. Maybe Nas and/or Wu Tang?
That blows because Kendrick, Modest Mouse, St Vincent, Girl Talk, Hey Roseta, Sloan and Fucked Up (aka pretty much the best things on that lineup) all played Pemberton last year so probably won't this year.
Sam Smith is very likely for Squamish which rules him out for Pemby which is awesome. Alt J and Hozier are pretty real possibilities though and that makes me sad.
It's a great lineup, but the only thing that justifies the incredibly higher price is that people are willing to pay that much.
I don't think it's great (it's pretty good though), but you hit the nail on the head with the second statement.
When it comes down to it music festivals are a business. The only reason they give a shit about trying to put together a diverse or unique line up is to sell tickets. Most of the major ones are going to sell out anyway (though I'm less sure about Sasquatch selling out this year), so why bother?
Lets say I own a brewery. I make awesome beer and there is a limited amount of it because I have a small brewery and can't really expand. I have a reputation for going over the top and finding unique combinations of hops and malt and whatever and people love it. My reputation gets pretty huge and my beer basically sells out regardless of how it is. I can totally start cheaping out on my beer after a while and just make OK, average beer. People will keep buying it for a while because I have a reputation for making awesome beer and it's popular and people like to have limited things. Eventually people might catch on and I'd lose some sales, but for the time being why bother? I can rake in the cash with minimal effort because I did a great job before.
Festivals have basically gotten to the same point. In the past they needed to have a few special acts that would attract people who might not attend otherwise. Sure 2010's headliners were Massive Attack, Ween, and MMJ, but if we're going strictly on crowd size the headliners were MGMT, LCD Soundsystem and Vampire Weekend. Sasquatch needed those acts to sell tickets then, but right now they seem to think they can get away with Lana Del Ray.
I'm not saying the line up is bad, but festivals in general are charging more and offering less simply because people are willing to pay it. I think Sasquatch specifically may have gone a little to far on those price increases, especially coupled with the failing Canadian dollar considering the percentage of Canadians to attend, but at this point they can do what they want and probably still make money.