Squamish will definitely sell out, exactly for the reason you said davers: first-timers. People who would never even think of going to a music festival will go to this one because of Eminem and Bruno Mars, primarily. People who have never been are more willing to drop big money for an infrequent luxury. At least, based on what I've seen/heard.
For context: presale sold out in twenty minutes. I expect general sale to go in less.
Last Edit: Feb 4, 2014 22:41:13 GMT -5 by stingray
Yeah. July has a marginally stronger undercard, less "mindie" bands as they are being referred to. It's really hard to make broad generalizations about either lineup though - I honestly feel as though they each contain something for the various types of Squatchers.
July did do a better job of obtaining bands that aren't playing other festivals, especially with dem headliners. I'm lucky that Kraftwerk and New Order are two bands I've always heard are fantastic but never got around to checking out. I'm also one of three people to have never listened to In the Aeroplane over the Sea to completion, which aside from essentially discrediting everything I have to say about music, also saves me some pain at missing NMH.
May's headliners are three groups I absolutely love, and that hasn't happened to me since 2010. Both the National and Queens I've seen before, but saying they're both excellent live bands doesn't do them justice. Outkast is throwing a party at the Gorge and everybody's invited.