at long last the bonnaroo lineup was unveiled yesterday. honestly, after an indie heavy festival lineup last year I had my hopes up pretty high for this year. but unfortunately those expectations are far from being met. perhaps because of the quality of festival's past, or perhaps because LA's coachella fest is so exemplary this year, i feel like I would be serverly selling the main goal of seeing a ton of awesome bands way way wayyy short if went. To be honest the bonnaroo lineup seems like what I would imagine the old school classic bonna lineups look like. They are going back to their roots and I can appreciate that.
i'm sure i would have a great time, and there are definitely enough acts i'd be interested in seeing. additionally I could probably take this year as an opportunity to find new bands to fall in love with. but i suppose for my money and time it's just not worth it.
i'd much rather spend a weekend with friends camping much closer to home.
with that said it's time to evaluate the other options. so far pfork is pretty lame, but the problem with that fest is they wait till shortly before the actual festival date to add a lot of their acts. and i have never been anything but sorry i didn't go.
then lollapalooza is shortly after which based on the last two years seems like an almost sure thing, but that is pretty much what i thought about bonnaroo. ATP, APW, Outside Lands, Sasquatch? I just don't know at this point.
Coachella would be ideal but it looks pretty costly, and I'm not sure how many people would be able to join, and i would feel bad about leaving my fellow festival goers behind. It feels selfish and lonely.
here's to hoping this murkiness dissipates and an answer that satifies all my questions becomes clear.