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Coachella Lineup Announced

Wolfarelli January 20, 2011 3 Comments

This week the Coachella Music Festival lineup was announced bringing about great discussion and some minor controversy to the table on Outside the Dial.

Check out the lineup here.

Coachella has become one of the premier music festivals in the states rivaling Lollapalooza for best fest bragging rights. Since it’s inception in 1999, Coachella located in Indio, California, has seen a number of headliners ranging from Jane’s Addiction to LCD Soundsystem and from Prince to JAY-Z. Coachella successfully blends different genres of music with a free spirited vibe of Woodstock with it’s lineup and locale. For the past couple of years it seems that this festival is getting a little more press than usual. Mostly due to the headliners, but there is more to these festivals than just the headliners. This is where the discussion turns from “Hey dude, did you see the Coachella lineup” to “What’s the deal with all these music fests.”

Lollapalooza, Coachella, Pitchfork, Summerfest (now 11 days), and Leeds in the UK are probably the most recognized festivals of the bunch. With that being said and how the average fan views music today is it a wonder that we can no longer “discover” bands without one of these huge festivals. Can we no longer admire a band in a small venue and wish them well as you place their EP in your front pocket of your corduroy jacket. The intimacy is gone. We live in a society of instant gratification and in the 24/7 news cycle.

The reality is that these festivals bring in the best of breed at the time. Promoters are choosing self indulgent festivals to get away from the thrill and the hunt of discovery. It probably comes down to money and sponsorship. It’s probably easier to round up a bunch of bands for a 3 or 11 night set, pump some money into the local economy with deals for posh hotels and fancy restaurants, setup and strike the set with a devoted staff, hit it, quit it, and then say “we’re doing it for the music, man!”

Is that what music is all about? Super Sized festivals? Take an in depth look at what music festivals have become. Take a peek at the mayhem. I have to realize that times have changed. I accept that. I accept the fact that these fests come and go year after year. But with the ease of use, coat tail mentality of these festivals, how is a college dirtbag or a seasoned career minded wannabe learn the art of the hunt for the next big thing without it being shove down their throats. I hate to get into a remember when conversation, but think about that when the next dirtbag or wannabe tries to talk shop about the next big thing. It might not be Coachella or Lollapolloza…you may have discovered it all on your own.

Although it should, the opinion of this article in no way shape or form, represents the collective position of Outside the Dial.

-Wolfarelli

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3 Comments

  1. Hirsch Cutlass January 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Amen brother Wolfarilli. I cannot agree with you more on this article. Don’t get me wrong though, I do like to spend 8 hours listening to music with people outdorrs. So there is a desire to have a festival…
    But the huge festivals have hurt the small club listening environment. All too often you get hipster dufuses or posers that go to a hot show and treat it like a fest where they stand in a circle and talk. Just to say they went to see xyz. they are not listening to the music and causing unnecessary background noise. It drives me nuts…

    Lollapalooza is latin for ‘Music by Buckshot’

  2. gastripod January 25, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Well, I have to throw my vote in favor for the festival set. I do it for a completely selfish reason. I am married and have two small kids. I don’t get to go to shows every weekend (practically) like I used to. Lolla and pitchfork allow me to maximize the number of shows I get to see per year. I will also mention that Lolla, this past year, was the most enjoyable its been in Grant Park to date. The changes they made to the layout made all the difference in the world.

  3. gastripod January 25, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Looking over that lineup, there are a good number of bands I’d like to see. Coachella was great when I went in 2004. I like Lolla better because of the city. You are a bit isolated at Coachella. If lolla sucks, you can go to the Art Institute.

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