Bumbershoot gets shitty headliners that sell tickets to pay for interesting range of music and art in the undercard. This year I don't see much cool undercard stuff, but usually it take some research to find the cool music from genres I am not familiar with.
The only reason I really give a shit about Macklemore, whereas I don't care about 99% of other rappers these days, is because he's local and has a good message in his songs. It isn't the typical "pimps n hoez" type of rap and he's very obvious about his love for Seattle. Some of his songs are just incredibly catchy too. I'm still not planning on missing any of Vampire Weekend, but I'll for sure be running down the hill after them to catch the last half of Macklemore.
If you are trying to imply that 99% of rap is pimps and hoez then you need to listen to more rap. I don't really understand why being from Seattle makes him matter more to you. Good music is good music.
Since I was able to catch about 30 minutes of VW at Coachella I'll probably be fine with splitting my time between them and MD.
Vampire Weekend reminded me how fun they are at Coachella. That being said, I don't think I'll be able to enjoy their Sasquatch set as much as I enjoyed their Coachella set because there is no way I will find 20 feet of open space to do my interperative dance that I did at Coachella.
Seattle has had an under represented hip hop scene for over 10 years now and macklemore has finally broke out. He was booked as a headliner because he is the icon of seattle hip hop. This is also why people care about him even though his music is not very good. I listened to macklemore years ago and thought his music sucked and I still do, but the fact that some one other than a seattlite cares about a seattle hip hip artist is a big deal for me and so I will support him.