Virgin Festival Lineup Announced. Was the Wait Worth It?
Saturday: Bloc Party, Cat Power, Chuck Berry & the Silver Beats, Citizen Cope, Duffy, Foo Fighters, Gogol Bordello, Jack Johnson, KT Tunstall, Lupe Fiasco, Paramore, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Swell Season, the Offspring, Wilco, DJ Dan & Donald Glaude, Erol Alkan, Ferry Corsten, Soulwax, Steve Lawler, Underworld.
Sunday: Andrew Bird, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Black Keys, Bob Dylan, The Go! Team, Iggy & the Stooges, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Nine Inch Nails, She & Him, Shudder to Think, Stone Temple Pilots, Taking Back Sunday, Armin Van Buren, Chromeo, Deadmau5, Moby (DJ set), Pendulum, Rabbit in the Moon, Richie Hawtin.
Some quick thoughts (feel free to leave yours in the comments):
1. It's eclectic, as promised.
A lot of the big festivals have easy descriptors, even if they aren't totally accurate anymore. Coachella is indie, Bonaroo is hippie, etc. There's an obvious alt-rock leaning for VMoFest but you've also got Hall of Fame legends (Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry), hip-hop powerhouses (Kanye, Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco), emo-pop sensations (Paramore, Taking Back Sunday), NPR-friendly indie-AC (Swell Season, She & Him, Andrew Bird, KT Tunstall), global alternative (Gogol Bordello, Rodrigo y Gabriela) and the usual high-profile talent in the dance tent (Underworld, Moby, Soulwax, Richie Hawtin). Will having a little something for everyone - as opposed to lots of one thing for a specific group - work at the box office?
2. Sunday looks to be especially loaded.
It already had three of the five announced headliners (Jack Johnson not being one of them) and then added Dylan, Iggy and the Stooges and Lil Wayne. That's a lot of star power, especially compared to Saturday.
3. Sunday also looks like a total Dude Fest.
She & Him? More like She & Lots of Dudes. Besides Zooey Deschanel and some Go! Teamers, it's all guys on Sunday. Saturday has plenty of female representation all over the lineup: Cat Power, Sharon Jones, the Swell Season's Marketa Irglova, KT Tunstall, Duffy, Paramore's Hayley Williams, Gabriela Quintero (of Rodrigo y ...).
5. Don't be surprised to see another few names added.
Late additions last year included Panic at the Disco, Explosions in the Sky, Dan Deacon and Girl Talk, so expect to see a few more names in the coming months. Sunday could feature more longer sets; right now, that day has only 13 main-stage acts compared to 16 for Saturday.
By David Malitz |
April 28, 2008; 9:04 AM ET
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