Musical festivals: A sort of hell that music fans put themselves through just to see live music. These festivals really are some sort of prison, when you think about it. You’re locked inside of a cage, forced to buy $6 bottles of water and $13 worth of the worst food, surrounded by people on all kinds of drugs, and forced to use the literal shantytown of porto-potties that they have set up, just so you can see one two of your favorite bands (only, they’re playing at the exact same time on opposite sides of the event). The best part?? You get to pay $300+ for it!
As festival season approaches, now is the time of year where the festivals like to announce all of their lineups simultaneously, and this year at Bonnaroo had some noteworthy acts:
Slayer AND Between the Buried and Me?? Both of those bands seem a bit too angry for the typical Bonnaroo crowd. Also worth noting is Robert Plant’s project with The Sensational Space Shifters, Royal Blood, Jay Weinberg’s old band Against Me!, and many others. It’s interesting to see some harder acts at Bonnaroo to break up the overload of Indie pop-rock (Most notably, The War on Drugs, and Mac DeMarco). Maybe it’ll be enough to make some people go? Probably not.
Meanwhile, at Coachella:
It goes without saying, since it’s in bold lettering at the top of the list, but AC/DC is gonna be at Coachella! More notably here along with them is St. Vincent, Brand New, Bad Religion, Cloud Nothings, and Michael Gira’s legendary Swans. Coachella is definitely the spot to be if you don’t live too far east.
And then there’s South by Southwest, which is a different monster entirely, with a few “hey, i’ve heard of them” kinds of bands to separate the hundreds that nobody has heard of, but that’s kind of the point.
So here’s the schedule for SXSW, but keep in mind that there’s still one more round of artists to go.