Quick story from Billboard. Billboard spoke with Paul Tollett, the founder of Coachella, and got some sad news. After grossing “$160 million over two weekends in October 2016,” Tollet and other organizers of Desert Trip have decided not to bring the festival back this year. This announcement quashes rumors of a stacked lineup, which included a Led Zeppelin reunion.
Tollet did leave the door open for the event to return in the future.
This year, Boston Calling is moving to the Harvard Athletic Complex after years at the city hall plaza. The move, as well as transitioning the festival from two events per year to one event per year, allowed Boston Calling 2017 to book an incredibly impressive lineup. In fact, Consequence of Sound ranked this lineup the 4th best of year.
Any lineup with Tool right now is going to turn heads, and while Chance the Rapper is currently being hailed as the greatest living rapper, there’s something admittedly unique about seeing Mumford and Sons in the middle. — CoS
Beyond headliners Tool, Mumford and Sons, and Chance, Boston Calling did a great job with the undercard. Cage the Elephant put on a great live show, Weezer has fantastic natlagia factor (plus their latest album is pretty good), and Run the Jewels are touring their highly popular third album. To me, however, The XX and Bon Iver are must sees! The XX’s most recent album is fantastic; in fact, the lead single was one of my songs of the week late last year. Bon Iver also put out a new album recently, plus I just discovered the hit song Skinny Love. Overall, I’m very excited for Boston Calling and look forward to reporting more on the festival as it draws near.
Today is the second day of The Governors Ball Music Festival and I am incredibly excited. As I’ve mentioned before, I look forward to music festivals all year long and really loved attending the inaugural Okeechobee Music Festival earlier this year. Governors Ball 2016 has an incredibly diverse lineup of artists, but to me, the draw of the weekend is The Killers. I love this band. I’ve seen them several times already [most recently at Firefly 2015] and I will always buy tickets when they play close by.
2004’s Hot Fuss is as close to a perfect album as you will find. Every song on it is fantastic. Even 12 years later, the music on this album has not become dated nor dull. I’ve embedded the entire album to this post, but the official song of the week is Mr. Brightside. I picked Mr. Brightside, instead of a lesser known track, because the energy derived from festival of people yelling the lyrics is too much to pass up. To me, the passion and excitement of the crowd really makes or breaks a live performance. When Mr. Brightside is blasting, the energy level is cranked up to 10.
This festival was confirmed as Desert Trip.
First reported by the LA Times last week, Goldenvoice (the organizer of Coachella) has landed some of the biggest headliners on the planet for a mega-festival. Slated for later this year, the event will take place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, the same location Coachella takes place. The tentative plan is for Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones to open the festival on October 7th. The following day, Neil Young and Sir Paul McCartney will headline. Finally, The Who and Roger Waters [Pink Floyd] will close the event on October 9th. Unlike other festivals, particularly Coachella, the artists will perform full sets. It also appears that the festival will consist of only these six artists. I was originally suspicious of this report, but it appears to have been confirmed by Neil Young’s manager and the Who’s Roger Daltrey.
Frankly, this is a once in a lifetime event. I am a huge Paul McCartney fan and am willing to travel a great distance to see him perform. Throw in the Stones and I am sold. An event like this would limit my availability to attend Austin City Limits, but it would be hard to turn down a lineup like this.
Early this month I was down in Florida attending the first Okeechobee music festival. In spite of this being the inaugural year of the festival, it was pleasantly well executed. The campgrounds we clean and easy to get to. The festival grounds were only a short distance away and the water refill stations were both easy to find and quick to access. Moreover, the lineup — headlined by Mumford and Sons and Kendrick Lamar — was phenomenal.
As with any first generation product, there is some room for improvement. Most importantly, the volunteers need a little more training and instruction. My buddy misplaced his wallet and each time we asked for the location of the lost and found we were directed [sometimes rudely] in contradicting directions. The festival organizers should also work to improve cell reception at the campsites. However, this is mostly nitpicking.
Overall, Okeechobee was a fantastic experience. I had an unforgettable time in Florida and look forward to year two.
Below is a playlist of all my coverage for Okeechobee: