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Music Festival Watch

Date March 9, 2009

News and info is pouring in on this year’s summer music festivals and for us in the upper midwest there’s a lot to look forward to. Here’s an update on some of the fest happenings and a tentative schedule of where I’ll be this summer.

Pitchfork Music Festival

All signs point to this year’s Pitchfork Festival being absolutely out-of-this-world incredible. They’ve only announced a fraction of the bands that will playing and I’m already drooling from how great this will be. I definitely applaud the move to lose the ATP/Don’t Look Back thing on Friday and replace it with all-request shows from legendary artists (I’m ridiculously excited for Yo La Tengo and Built To Spill).

The fest is adding many more repeats this year but thankfully it’s some of the best bands that have played like The National, Grizzly Bear, and The Walkmen (if this keeps up this year could be seen as a P4k’s greatest hits of sorts).  The fact that the weekend of July 19th is Celeste and myself’s one year wedding anniversary makes this all the more special.

MP3 The National – Baby, We’ll Be Fine
MP3 Built To Spill – Center of the Universe

Lollapalooza

So far the Lollapalooza line-up has been fairly underwhelming.  I’d like to see Beastie Boys as much as the next guy but overall the headliners don’t have me jumping for joy.  News that Kings of Leon, Killers, and Tool are being added doesn’t exactly do much for me either. Unless there is some really great stuff added later on, it looks like I’ll be skipping this year or maybe just doing one-day.

MP3 Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence

Summer Camp

Sad to say but this year’s Summer Camp is a complete bust. It’s by far the worst, most predictable line-up I’ve seen from the festival.  Last year they outdid themselves booking the Flaming Lips, The Roots, New Pornographers, Girl Talk, Headlights, The Avett Brothers, and Parliament Funkadelic, in addition to the regular jam bands.

I was expecting something like Wilco, The Hold Steady, or My Morning Jacket to keep the good momentum but instead we have 3 days of Moe, 3 days of Umphreys McGee, and Willie Nelson. Lame! Unless some big announcements are made soon you won’t find me anywhere near this festival in ’09.

MP3 Weezer – We Are All On Drugs

Pygmalion Music Festival

No line-up are available yet but the dates have been announced as September 16-19 and the festival website is up and running here. From the rumblings I’ve heard about the line-up, this could very well be the year that this Champaign/Urbana festival explodes. Will absolutely be there.

MP3 Headlights – The Midwest Is Best


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9 Responses to “Music Festival Watch”


  1. Hayden said:

    hopefully by the time im older they’ll have better line ups

  2. Taylor said:

    You should go to pitchfork this year dude. There’s a lot of kids your age there and it’s a great time. super cheap too.

  3. twyla said:

    you should also keep your eye on Sled Island this year in Calgary!

  4. david said:

    Bonnaroo by far has the best line-up of the year. Even if you don’t like Springsteen or Phish, the rest of the bands are fantastic.

  5. Susquatch said:

    Man, I keep hearing about all of these awesome music festivals and I’m disappointed that, as far as I can tell, there aren’t any good ones in the Pennsylvania area. I’m jealous of… well, everyone.

    By the way, this is unrelated, but are you planning on mentioning anything here about the new Decemberists album? I’ve heard mostly negative things about it, but I think it’s fantastic and I’d love to hear your take on it.

  6. Hayden said:

    yeah but the question is how would i get there?

  7. JC said:

    You should look into Sasquatch, a decent lineup imho. Worth the drive up from portland for the weekend for me, but probably too far for you. Its a great atmosphere and a really fun weekend, last year was fantastic at least…

  8. Anonymous said:

    You’re missing the essence of the scene if you weren’t satisfied with the summer camp line-up.. it had something for everyone this yr from electronic to th jam bands to blue grass. Any tour kids dream right there

  9. sandra said:

    hey all,

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    If you don’t win, don’t sweat it because the site is also hosting live video streams of some of the hottest bands playing at Lolla. You’ll be able to watch your favorite bands over the internet performing live at Lollapalooza.