Summer Music Festivals Start Announcing
It's that time of year again - summer
festival lineups are starting to fly and
there's lots of bands at a lot of festivals.
Coachella, Benicassim, Bonnaroo, and Noise
Pop all announced either initial or complete
lineups last week.
The biggest news was definitely Coachella,
one of the biggest and most fun of all.
They announced a complete lineup after
a listing of bands first leaked on the
web site's message board. Within a day
or two, Coachella organziers had
released a full and official listing of
all bands and headliners.
This year the 2 day festival has polar
opposites in terms of each day's headlining
acts - Depeche Mode on day one
and Tool on day two. In a way,
this reflects the diversity of the Coachella
lineup, which also includes Sigur Rós,
Atmosphere, Animal Collective,
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bloc Party,
Mogwai, TV On The Radio
San Francisco's Noise Pop Music Festival
has announced an initial lineup and shifted
the dates to later in the year. Noise
Pop is usually one of the first festivals
of the year, but has now shifted to the
end of March, possibly to avoid media
collision with now epic SXSW festival.
Noise Pop is now over 10 years
in existence and going strong with experimental
and indie bands
An interesting turn of events that you
would never expect: Radiohead will headline
Nashville's Bonnaroo Festival.
More than just a footstompin' romp in
the hayloft, Bonnaroo 2006 ain't messin'
around with a lineup that includes Death
Cab for Cutie, Stephen Malkmus
& the Jicks, Atmosphere
(Atmosphere is everywhere), Devendra
Banhart, Dungen, and Cat
Bonnaroo has set its sights on
being all it can be with a diversified
lineup that includes jazz, Americana,
hip-hop, electronica. There's also film
compnents, an experimental 'digital music
lounge' and silent disco. Plus beer.
Spain's Benicassim Festival also
jumped in the ring with names like Depeche
Mode, Franz Ferdinand, and
Echo and the Bunnymen. Benicassim
is part of a larger group of European
Festivals called Un Pop Classik,
which tries to bring some European unity
to individual festivals across the continent.