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.
That's because what made Zeppelin cool was Jimmy Page and John Bonham, neither of which are with him obviously. I never really cared much about they lyrics or the singing in Zeppelin but the energy of the drums and guitar made it interesting.
Me being Canadian has nothing to do with the fact that your comment didn't make sense. At least I don't think so. Wanna explain it to me? I genuinely curious how it was supposed to make sense.
No problem man. I used "un-American" as an expression to reference the separation of those around you by an unpopular opinion that may draw sharp criticism. Me, being in America, it made sense. In hindsight maybe I should've used unpatriotic?
I don't really think either of those things mean going against the grain and I don't think not wanting to see Robert Plant is an unpopular opinion as roughly half the people here seem to agree with you.
We'll just leave it at that, agree to disagree or whatever.
Nope, there isn't even one for Squamish that I know of and that fest is coming up on it's 6th year. The 2008 Pemby had a forum on the official website that was fairly well used but these guys don't seem interested in that.
The price they are charging is pretty insane. I've always been a little surprised by the amount they jack up the prices every year. 2011 was something like $285 for 4 days including camping? 2013 was $325 with camping if I remember correctly? Now we're at $350 and you have to buy camping separately? We're getting into Coachella prices now.
Coachella was $375 and $85 for camping. If you have 3 in a car that's $403 each and Sasquatch comes to $400. I know Sasquatch has the extra (half) day, but I really don't see Sasquatch in the same league as Coachella.
Where did you get this from? This is a few spots from where I was camped that year. My friend Ryan is the guy pointing on the road. The camp at the bottom left contains people named Mac and Kayla among others.
I've decided it's an off year for fests in general, and they may have peaked for the foreseeable future.
Every year more pop up, and most existing ones expand / get more expensive. They've become the thing to do gradually over the years. It's gotten to the point where most of the established ones can sell out before there is a lineup.
Sadly it just isn't worth it for festivals to drop cash on established and exclusive acts, especially ones with somewhat niche appeal. Bands I have seen at fests in the last couple years that certainly didn't draw enough crowd to make the appearance fee worth it:
Blur (~5000 people) Stone Roses (~2000 people) Elbow (~1500 people) Pet Shop Boys (~1500 people) Motorhead (~1500 people) Primus (~2000 people) Mogwai (~1000 people at both Sasquatch and Coachella) The Replacements (~3000 people) Neutral Milk Hotel (~2500 people) New Order (~2000 people)
I loved all of these shows, but I'm sure the organizers looked at the crowds and thought "Yeah, this was not worth the effort when a flavour of the month draws twice as many people"
I've gone to Coachella for the music primarily as it's always had some fantastic bands I never thought I would see. Most of those shows had minimal crowds while DJ Untz Untz had 20K people packed into the Sahara.
Couple that with the fact that almost every legendary act has had money thrown at the for years by big budget festivals. Anything mind blowing either isn't biting or has already made the circuit before.
It's a combination of general festival crowd's musical tastes moving away from mine and the fact that people just want to attend for the party.
I'm still almost certainly going to Pemberton this year because it's close, priced in Canadian dollars and was just a fantastic time last year, but I'm not hoping for any sort of amazing lineup from any festivals for the rest of the year.
I for one will be taking a hard look at smaller, more specific festivals next year (Austin Psych Fest for one) because the ones that try to appeal to everyone just haven't been doing it for me this year.