The Festival Beat: Know Your Lineup
It's almost as thought the Gov Ball lineup is mirroring the tide change we're seeing through other indie outlets like Pitchfork and XMU. The hipsters have spoken, and apparently they want more hip hop. This is a good move for Gov Ball, setting them apart from indie festivals like Shaky Knees which is going more americana or Boston Calling which is going more electronic.
The headliners this year are a pretty big disappointment. Partly because you can find most of them at 10 other festivals this summer. Also because they fail compliment or reflect what's good about the lineup. Last year we had a balance of people who were doing something really creative and different, riding the biggest success waves of their career to date, or classic names in their genre. This year it seems like the result of a struggle to find something to fill the top line with.
One thing to say about this year is we likely won't have schedule conflicts. For every gem in the mid card there are three people at the bottom we've never heard of. It is by faith that we're calling this lineup as good as last year's, because at first glance it looks worse. By now though, we've learned to trust the curators of Gov Ball and do our homework. There are plenty of our soon-to-be-favorite bands hinding in the lineup just waiting to be discovered.