obligatory Outside Lands post

It’s been a few weeks since I first talked about it. The Outside Lands Festival (no, not…) line-up has been announced and as I mentioned tickets go on sale soon. Everyone has commented on this already.

Here are some of the bands I might actually like to see that are in the line-up:

Radiohead
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Beck
Wilco
Manu Chao
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Broken Social Scene
Regina Spektor
Andrew Bird
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings
Drive-By Truckers
Donavon Frankenreiter
Bon Iver
Sean Hayes

But tickets are $225 (+ absurd ticketmaster fees)–Scott made a good point that you might need an extra job to pay for that pretty hefty fee–and I’ve made known my preference for venue-based festivals over giant outdoor festivals. I know I sound like an ornery old man in saying this, but I’d prefer going to see just the bands I want to see in a small venue rather than with thousands of people while sitting or standing miles from the stage.



3 Responses to “obligatory Outside Lands post”

  1. libs says:

    Well if you are an ornery old man then I am a crotchety old lady, because I completely agree. I have absolutely no interest in large festivals. However I do see the appeal of seeing a lot of bands in a short time and at one place.
    My solution is to find smaller, more intimate festivals. One of the biggest benefits of smaller festivals (and I wonder if you experienced this at sxsw,) is the possibility (probability?) that you can see the artists off-stage. I know that I have been lucky enough to watch one great act while sitting next to the previous act. Or the very best is being able to sit in on a bunch of musicians passing around instruments at a BBQ or trying out a new song over beers after the show or staying up late doing covers of each other’s songs. Some of the greatest music I have heard is the organic stuff that comes out when there are lots of artists just making their art.
    …not something that you find at those big, awful, over-produced festivals.

  2. prolly not goin' says:

    service charge is $25.50 plus $4.40, for a whopping total of $29.90! the war in iraq is more likely to end before we rise up and put a stop to getting gouged by ticket brokers.

  3. jonathan says:

    completely agree on the big festival issues. one more for the crotchety crowd. i did really enjoy the Wall of Sound Festival in Fort Worth in ’06, though. amazing performances by some of my all-time favorite bands, including The New Year, Low, David Bazan and Okkervil River – and all in a really intimate old theatre.

    as far as Outside Lands is concerned, i think i’m just gonna have to wait until Radiohead plays BOTH…

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