We’re both over and under-whelmed by the lineups for two of the nation’s mega-fests, Lollapalooza and Mile High. Let’s start with Mile High since Lolla’s lineup isn’t technically confirmed until tomorrow.
Mile High will take place on August 14th and 15th at The Fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver (Commerce City), Colorado. The lineup is OK, but not spectacular in the manner of Bonnaroo or Coachella, and that’s fine – not every event needs to be over-the-top in terms of talent. But we were expecting a little more. In the way of big-name acts, there’s Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Weezer, and Steve Miller Band. The dropoff after that is pretty significant – don’t get us wrong, we could make a hell of a weekend out of the headliners and second-tier acts like My Morning Jacket, Phoenix, Cypress Hill, Keller Williams, Drive-By Truckers, Derek Trucks, ALO, Joe Purdy, and The Samples. But the fest isn’t very deep. Train? Keane? Slightly Stoopid? Not exactly inspiring. Take a look at the rest of the lineup and judge for yourself: Amos Lee, Atmosphere, The Constellations, The Motet, Boombox, Trevor Hall, MyNameIsJohnMichael, Punch Brothers, Ozomatli, Nas and Damian Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Bassnectar, Z-Trip, Railroad Earth, One EskimO, Mayer Hawthorne and The County, Tim Reynolds, oh My Stars, and a few more.
Lollapalooza, however, has that punch people look for when thinking about spending several hundred bucks on a festival. The entire lineup will be revealed on April 6, but the website features a “Wheel of Fortune” style listing that has revealed enough letters for us to get a strong grasp of the lineup. A reunited Soundgarden will headline, and they’re the rare band that still qualifies for Lollapalooza after coming of age at the same time as the event. Other heavy hitters we think we’ve solved include Green Day, Lady GaGa, The Strokes, Arcade Fire, and Phoenix. Possible others include Social Distortion, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, The Black Keys, The National, Spoon, Devo, Cypress Hill, Cut Copy, The New Pornographers, Grizzly Bear, Wolfmother, Yeasayer, The xx, Dirty Projectors, and a ton more.