I've seen REM twice, Once in Vancouver when Thom Yorke came on stage and sang "It the end of the world........" It was the best concert I have ever been too. They will put on a good show, but they not sing all the songs you want to here. There catalogue is too big. But if they sing "Country Feedback" your in for a treat.
New Pornographers ( with Neko) are great
I've seen DCFC twice and they were better Than I thought they would be, because of all the stories I've heard on how bad they were live.
If you've never seen them live, You have to see Ghostland Observatory and Jamie Liddel.
Modest Mouse- I love their albums but I saw them live and they were really off, ( what's more Man Man opened up for them and blew them away)
I can't wait to see : The National Beirut Okkervil Flaming Lips Flight of the Conchords Battles The Little Ones ( I love there EP's )
Hey Loyal From London Trust me this lineup is much better than last year, I remember in 2006 I missed alot of band because they were so many overlapping. It was such a great lineup. Last year we did not have that problem we didn't move around too much and saw every band we wanted to. Now don't get me wrong there were a some great bands but the 2008 lineup is like the 2006 with so many band to chose from.
I love the polyphonic spree but they are not close to the popularity as some of the other bands mention , plus this year there are going To be amazing bands on the second stages. Battles and Ghostland to mention a few. But do have your homework now, go the Bands my space page and listen to some of the songs they have streaming. If you like them then start getting some of their albums and decide on who you want to see.
as for popularity I would say that Interpol is in the same tier as Modest Mouse, DCFC, The mars volta.
polyphonic is about on par with built to spill and The national.
thesnoo52: what we usually do is bring a blanket, find a good place in the in the grass. And when there is a band on the main stage or on another stage that we would like, leave the blanket and go. we have never had a problem with someone taking our spot. Then you can get pretty close to the main stage. and then you can go back and relax and watch the main stage from far off when you get tired.