Thursday, February 07, 2008

Bonnaroo It Is



After totally being underwhelmed by what Coachella is offering this year, I kept hoping that Bonnaroo would be able to pick up the slack and give us something in the US to look forward to festival wise. Until yesterday, I thought I would have to just skip the whole damn thing and head off to the UK for some lineups that actually have an impact.

Bonnaroo came through though. Besides having almost every act from Coachella on their lineup, Bonnaroo also added some impact names and some names that will sell tickets. I will be shocked if Coachella sells out this year. Oh, they might call it a sell out, but if it is, it will be because they reduced the number of tickets to where it could sell out. I can't even talk about it because I am so disappointed. They didn't even try at all this year. All of the people they normally ask to help them, never received a call. It was like they thought that because of their reputation, they could just gets acts to beat down their door and play. It doesn't work that way and hopefully next year they will go back to the way it was. Yes, they have some good acts that I want to see, but very, very few. To give you an example. I love Tegan and Sara. Love them, love them, love them. As much as I love them, I realize that most people have not heard of them. At Coachella they are billed 15th. At Bonnaroo which they are also playing they are billed 35th.

To provide a fair comparison I have provided lineups to both festivals. If you had to choose one festival, which would you choose?

33 comments:

YahMoBThere said...

Need you ask? Bonnaroo, hands down!

Anonymous said...

Coachella!!!!!! I've seen Roger Waters twice perfoming the Dark Side of the Moon and it is amazing!!!! You have to see it once in your life!!!! Damn I live too far!!!

mooshki said...

Yay, another Tegan & Sara fan!

jax said...

good ole Canadian girls get ya going huh El?? lol. I love that they write their music together on opposite sides of the country.
kinda cool.

i'm not near either so that blows.
i wish some of the potheads in vancouver would put the bong down for 5 mins to organize a decent Musicapalooza..

Anonymous said...

Bonnaroo definately. I would have only gone to Coachella if Jack Johnson was only performing there, and not at both.

Pfft so not impressed with Tegan and Sarah. Wailing teenage twin dykes, big whoop.

Anonymous said...

Jax: how come you dont come to any in Seattle? It isnt that far...I go to Oregon for festivals all the time...

Joy said...

I decided to skip Coachella as soon as the promised My Bloody Valentine reunion didn't pan out.... now that was a huge mistake.

Also, it's kind of pathetic that Coachella/GoldenVoice didn't even TRY this year... they just did a lot of repeats. Justice was there LAST YEAR. And Kraftwerk, as much as I love them, like 3 years ago. Sad sad sad.

Maja With a J said...

My husband filled in on bass for a couple of T&S shows a few years back. He said they never even talked to him.

I've only heard a couple of their songs, and they're alright I guess, but their haircuts make me angry. So angry.

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jax said...

if they had what i was looking for i would. too much friggen emo.

uh Led Zeppelin is listed wayyyy down the list for Bonnaroo wtf??
Should that not be the HEADLINE?

I'd choose Bonnaroo easily. If only for the Janeanse Garofalo.

Joy said...

It's LEZ Zep, the lesbian Led Zep cover band....

The LEd Zep isn't doing Bonnaroo.... unless it's a major last second surprise.

jax said...

LOL ok my bad..i thought that was weird...i guess i should stop and read.

never heard of them..awesome!

jax said...

Harriet- you going to see The Spitfires this weeknd?

morgen dorffer said...

Bonnaroo if I lived in California. Sigh.

Aaron Weber said...

Coachella has better weather and Portishead, which would tip the balance in their favor. But I'd rather skip the festival and just see one or two of the bands at an indoor show where I can see and hear them properly.

Mother Campfire said...

Love Portishead, but HATE HATE HATE Jack Johnson (Sorry Trix). But, Bonnaroo has a better lineup.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

Tegan & Sara are great. I notice the Raconteurs and Death Cab are playing both gigs, so this comes down to which do I want to see more... Roger Waters doing Dark Side of the Moon or Robert Plant with T Bone Burnett?

That's a very tough call, but I've seen Plant a couple times (including with Zep), so I'd go with Coachella just for the chance to see Waters. Plus, I'm NO fan of Kanye, making Bonnaroo a little less appealing.

Anonymous said...

Jax: I feel ya on that, but trust me, look a little harder every once in awhile, and you'll find something worth it. I went to Rockfest in Longview, WA and they had Buckcherry, Seether, and Alice in Chains. Was definately worth the trip.

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jin said...

it isn't a question of better or worse: they are targetting different crowds (with some overlap).

I say Coachella hands down (it is electronic-act heavy) and am sooo pained i can't attend.

Sasha & Emerson reunited= LEGENDARY
MIA?
Junkie XL?

HELLO!??

__-__=__ said...

Forget them both! I'm going to ACL!! Got my ticket Monday but missed the sales last weekend and had to pay full price. But, that's OK - no problem.

Be sure to check out Groupo Fantasma at Bonnaroo. They play in town all the time. They played the Latin Grammy's behind Prince and he has them play with him if he's in the area.

No lineup yet for ACL but it's usually a combination of these plus the very best locally. Can't wait!!

Unknown said...

Coachella if I had to pick; mostly because of Portishead. I saw Love & Rockets years ago, and it wasn't that great (of course we'd seen bauhaus the year before, so maybe that has something to do w/ it). just recently saw Sasha & John Digweed (@ together as one here in LA), and was really let down; I've been a fan for years, but the set sucked.

Anonymous said...

I'm on the Coachella side of things here:

The Streets
Stars
Hot Chip
Bird and the Bee
Cold War Kids

Mostly Stars... I missed their show here in Mpls.

Went to Mika last night, that was a lot of fun. (Unfortunately my phone takes crummy pictures).

Unknown said...

Coachella easily. The 2nd line sums it up, Portishead and Kraftwork. And there's some other British acts that I see listed on Coachella that I'd rather see. And Justice!

AphraelDanae said...

Bonnaroo, just to see Serena Ryder again - another amazing Canadian talent!

...plus, she said she really liked my shoes :D

Tracee said...

Equation (too lazy to type it out) — Right on! See you in the thick of things.

Love Portishead, but I love my Ghostland Observatory and would love to see Kanye, Lupe Fiasco rip it out. Only thing missing is Mos Def. Then I'd be a happy little bitch.

Bonnaroo all the way!

Maja With a J said...

Jax, I'm in Calgary, no Spitfires here this weekend.

Might go to Van for Turbonegro in April, if funds allow.

jax said...

sh*t i thought you were in Van.
I got an invite for that show too on Facebook lol. Maybe i'll see ya there.

Spitfires are my boys!

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Well, Bonnaroo is the better festival, but Coachella is going to have the Verve. But Bonnaroo is going to have Mastodon.....

What I want to know is whose penis Jack Johnson is sucking to be getting such a push at these festivals.

ENT, can you find any new photos of My Bloody Valentine?

jax said...

brenda he just released his new album..its all about the dollahs.

liveunderarock said...

Dn, Please post Mika pics. His music is like naughty children's songs.;) Plus he is a sweetheart !

Majik said...

Gah, I'm torn....there are a lot of bands that don't overlap that I like, so I don't know which I'd have more fun at (not that I can actually go to either...).

I wonder if Bonneroo will add Leslie Feist? She does a lot of work with Broken Social Scene...must say I'm impressed with the list of Canadian talent at Bonneroo.

Unknown said...

I've been to Coachella and it's held on a polo feild, so the grounds and grass withstand the festival and retain some moisture so it feels like a mini oasis in the middle of the desert, because TRUST- It's in the middle of the desert, but I bought 2 tickets, (so spent what, a little over 3 bills?) and would go again in a heartbeat. The security was on point too- but not too tight to where you couldn't sneak in a little somethin or tailgate. (See Kraftwerk live before you die)

All said, bonaroo has a better lineup (minus Portishead), Jackie Green is rad.

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