Queens of the Stone Age (headliner, May) Outkast (headliner, May) The National (headliner, May)
The Flaming Lips (headliner, July) Nine Inch Nails (headliner, July) Pixies (headliner, July)
HAIM (May) City and Colour (May) The National (May) TV on the Radio (July) Broken Bells (May) Lorde (May) Chance the Rapper (May) Beach House (July) Sleigh Bells (May) Mogwai (May) The War on corn chips (July) Foster the People (May) Deafheaven (May) BADBADNOTGOOD (May) Disclosure (July) Darkside (July) Fuck Buttons (May) Dum Dum Girls (July)) Danny Brown (May) Young the Giant (July)
Animal Collective (late night, May) The Knife (late night, July)
“The inspiration is to take that European festival sensibility and energy you get there and reproduce it, albeit on a smaller scale. We want a festival culture that transcends who the bands are… so the people come because they know it will be great and the diversity of the music is key. You might not be a Bruno Mars fan but you’ve come to see another act and you might check him out.".
“Our goal really is to make this the best festival in Canada at the very least, and we think that with our lineup and our statements today that we’re going to deliver an event that will be in the best in class category across North America,” said Live Nation Canada president Paul Haagenson at the announcement in Vancouver.
I mean, at the end of the day I'm just bitchin', and I don't mean to take away from the fact there's some great bands on the lineup and that more are to be announced - but yeah, disappointing use of resources. Instead of building a strong lineup top to bottom, one that's keeping in with the tone of previous incarnations of the festival, we're seeing extremely expensive headliners and a meh undercard. Not to mention that one of those headliners is undoubtedly past his prime, and another is a complete shift away from the usual lineup the festival presents. At least in my view.
waaah waah waah, essentially.
/begins fantasizing about Pemberton lineup that just shakes the shit outta squamsquam's
Yup. I was pretty stoked in the direction the Fest was heading given last year's lineup but it seems to have middled out into a Billboard type amalgamation. Bruno Mars as a headliner is just....unforgivable.
To be fair, there's about seven or eight acts I'd be happy to see, but I'll probably end up seeing half of those at Sasquatch. Arctic Monkeys just did two sold out nights in Vancouver in December, Foster the People is playing Deer Lake in May...hopefully Danny Brown can make it over the border. I'll still probably get tickets because of Arcade Fire. Eminem would be nice simply because he's a legend but sitting through his new shit amidst the crowd this lineup will bring in is gonna blow.
Pressure's on Pemberton to step up the BC festival game...and as long as it's closer to Hangout's lineup than Squamish's I'll be happy.
By my count, there were 8 crossovers last year between Prima and Squatch - woulda been 9 if Solange had ended up playing. Might be a couple more this year, with the two festivals and all.
One of The National/Queens as a headliner. I said before that i wouldn't expect the National to headline since they confirmed via email, but I think I underestimated how popular they were/are. Mogwai Haim Darkside Dum Dum Girls Real Estate Blood Orange Cloud Nothings
I would be so sad if a night ended with Foster the People.
I think I would pump my kicks back to the campground early that night.
Yeah...a bit of a bummer with this one, but not really unexpected. Considering the throng they had in 2011, they're definitely subheading the main stage...might even close out the Bigfoot ala Vampire Weekend last year. Their hits would be fun enough to dance to I guess, but you just know that crowd is gonna be the worst of the festival.
The Tycho rumblings get me stoked as all hell. He/they had a fantastic set in 2012.
Can't say I've listened much to Foals or Cage the Elephant. Suppose I'll have to rectify that, those dates are mighty suggestive.
Honestly, I think the National headlining is completely plausible, except for the fact that they were confirmed via gabfrab's emails. I just don't see a headliner for a festival revealing that kind of information in such an offhand way.