Similar to last year in all the money went to the headliners, only worse. Blech that fest has gone south. I wonder if the more overt shift to more mainstream headliners was in part due to Pemberton's resurgence - don't wanna be doing the same thing, kind of a thing.
in case y'all were wondering what the "Sound of the Summer" will be...haha. Honestly I dug the shit out of this fest when I went to it for the first time in 2013 but was sorely disappointed in the poppy Top 20 route it took last year. In that respect, I don't expect much from this year's iteration but hell who knows...they did bag a couple dope artists for 2014 besides...
Also, pretty sure Modest Mouse, Kendrick Lamar, and Soundgarden subheadlined.. so I guess you could say Pemberton's headliners could actually be "bigger" than Sasquatch's if you look at the whole weekend? Rip me apart fellas
I wish I could disagree with this statement.
Aye. Although, to be fair, Modest and Kendrick have new records coming out so that kinda sorta quasi shoots up their popularity/appeal/"size" - but still.
True nuff about Impala, though. I tend to overestimate them because of love, but hey, they have a new record coming out too...if it's as well-received (or better received) than Lonerism, I wouldn't count myself out. Hard to gauge how much of an x factor the "new release" thing is.
A shame about Grimes...I actually really dug "Go", I dunno why people freaked. It was one song, and one that was originally written for Rihanna...and she did the Skrillex schtick better than most. Nothing to bunch one's panties over. Regardless, that headline is a bit clickbaity; I doubt that negative reception was much of a factor in her scrapping the album. Chick seems to operate on her own terms.
Oh, and just because I didn't see it mentioned: one of the main "issues" of last year (aside from the death...) was the carrying-of-camp-materials to the actual campground, especially for those who parked in the way-aways lot. (it was like a forty minute walk??) I can't find a link but I recall reading that they've added a new parking lot and have made changes to smooth out the process - which might mean more shuttles, or a pathway easier on the feet, or whatever. But, a nice improvement.
Schoolboy Q coming out for Collared Greens on the Sasquatch Main Stage will be epic. At Pemberton Schoolboy played a set around midnight and Kendrick came back out and they played it again. Schoolboy knows how to get a crowd going. All I remember is going hard for the full hour of his set (pretty sure everyone else was too?) and then dancing my way over to Griz who saxophoned my mind to another planet.
ohohohohoho you were not the only one going hard at that set. seriously one of the best moments of the fest, and a huge reason why I'm still pretty amped on this year's Sasquatch lineup. Also: has Kendrick even headlined a festival yet? Or closed one out for that matter? All of the signs are pointing to "yes, this will be a fuckin' banger."
To whomever said they don't like the kid: fair. It's hard not to be a little underwhelmed given how overhyped he is by seemingly everyone and everything. I remember listening to GKMC the first time and going "that was just alright." It wasn't until four days later, when that album was all I had been listening to for every minute of the day, that I realized how much I dug it.
I think his major appeal, as with so many popular arists of any genre, is in the persona and charisma. Yes, he can be technically proficient, or "socially conscious" (a pretty vague descriptor at best) or whatever, but at the end of the day he's a pretty likeable dude, who can take represent his experiences in a way that's universally appealing, and more often than not he gets the slick production to help him out. Growing up in Compton is not necessarily an experience a large amount of people can relate to, but he presented it in such a way that allowed for people of whatever race or class or social standing to engage with it.
that said...Swimming Pools is still a pretty fucking annoying track.
I was very impressed with last year's lineup, particularly as the first revival of an old brand, so I have pretty solid expectations for it this year.
Though, I was thoroughly awaiting Sasquatch to blow me away and that didn't exactly happen...
This is pretty out there, but I get the sense from last year's lineup and the official compilation/highlight video on Pemby's website (which focused quite a bit on the hip hop acts) that rap will be an even bigger component of this year's lineup. Drake or Yeezy has a headliner isn't too outrageous of a suggestion, though I'd probably bank on Drake since he's Canadian and just seems more likely to play a festival of Pemberton's size. Though, Kanye did cancel the Vancouver date on his Yeezus tour so who knows...
in addition, Run the Jewels seem a safe bet since they're on a whole lotta lineups this year, as do a handful of more up and coming acts (Vince Staples, Joey Bada$$, YG, Earl Sweatshirt who didn't play as he was supposed to last year, etc.)
Aside from that...just random artists that seem like a fit to me:
-Panda Bear, who doesn't have any PNW dates as of yet and hasn't been around the area since AC's Vancouver show in 2013 - Grimes, who played last year but got stuck in a perplexing mid afternoon slot - also has a new album coming out - White Lung, who are local, Pitchfork approved, and would fill the role that Fucked Up and METZ brought last year - BADBADNOTGOOD, Canadian, I've been banking on these guys appearing on any number of festival lineups since III dropped; they're releasing a new album with ghostface so maybe he'll come too - Tame Impala, who are playing Squatch but could easily headline a fest like Pemby
and, uh, others. i imagine the lineup will drop sometime in March.
Kendrick also came out over a half hour late for his set at last year's Pemberton...hopefully since he's headlining that won't be an issue. I mean, he's the first fucking name on the poster.
Can also attest to to extreme awesomeness and down-to-earthitude of both halves of RTJ. I've rubbed Killer Mike's belly for luck way too many times.
This is surprising to hear. I've seen Kendrick twice, once at free show sponsored by The Fader and then opening for Kanye on the Yeezus tour and he was incredible both times. Great energy, knows how to work the crowd and had a live band for the Yeezus tour. I'll be shocked and majorly disappointed if he doesn't shut the festival down in a major way.
Oh, make no mistake, every last one of the forty or so minutes he played was fuckin' dynamite. Just not as many minutes as I'd hoped.
My initial reaction was one of mild disappointment, but really, there are hella bands on that list that I love, that I know put on excellent shows, or that I have heard put on excellent shows. I imagine once the late adds come in, on whatever level they may be, the lineup will look a bit more well rounded (R.I.P. Loud Friday.)
Speaking of loud: kinda disappointed in the lack of heavier music this year, especially since we seemed to be trending in that direction with Torche/Red Fang in 2013 and Deafheaven/Sandrider last year.