this time of year is so exciting for me as an avid purveyor of live music. once the coachella lineup announcement comes out and the lollapalooza pre-sale ticket rumor mills start churning, you know spring is only a few months away.
coachella is lolla’s older brother that lives in the california desert. he has an affinity for cool hip bands from the 80s and 90s. think new order et al. coachella wins my heart over musically because of the large electronica offering. lolla wins the reality contest, because it is here. chicago makes for a magnificent background , although the sun setting over the mountains made my 2005 coldplay-headlining-cochella experience, one of perfection.
the coachella fest is now a three day event and in lieu of the economy, they are offering tickets on layaway this year. it will be interesting to see how the 3 day lolla pass hits the wallet.
the 3 major headliners are: paul mccartney (scratching my head), the cure and the killers. ummmm? other “big” acts: the yeah, yeah, yeahs, franz ferdinand, amy winehouse (no, no, no) morrisey, my bloody valentine and thievery corp. all in all, kind of a strange big name lineup. it seems tailored to the 40 year olds. i don’t think the killers should headline a night, even though they were great at lolla 4 years ago. the beattle? i have heard more about his divorce in the past few years. the cure is cool and typical of past headliners.
the beauty of these festivals is in the “small” print bands: tvon the radio, fleet foxes, lykki lie, white lies, friendly fires (we heart them here at eb) and the ting tings, along with dozens more that will be fun for some.
needless to say i am not looking into air fares to cali this year. i am hopeful that all of the small print bands will be at lolla in august.