Your Friday Festival Lineup Addition Roundup
It seems like during this springtime run-up to the summer festival season, there have been fewer lineup withdrawals from the big outdoor-music extravaganzas (with the exception of Winehouse) and more somewhat to very welcome additions. In that sunburned spirit, we present a wrapup of this week’s additions to Bonnaroo, the Pitchfork Music Festival, and the Calgary Stampede.
• Bonnaroo attendees are the big winner this week, although I suppose the validity of that statement depends on your feelings about alternative comedy. The Tennessee festival added a stack of artists including Public Enemy, Ani DiFranco, Janelle Monae, Amadou & Mariam, Passion Pit, and the underrated metal act Shadows Fall. Also, there will be an air-conditioned tent with seating, which might be enough good news to sell a few more tickets. Inside that tent: comedic acts, including Jimmy Fallon, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, some sort of Daily Show presentation, and Michael Ian Black & Michael Showalter. In other Bonnaroo news, I just started spelling the festival’s name correctly on the first try this week. No more doubling of the r’s, then going back to correct for me! [Bonnaroo]
• Information about the Pitchfork Music Festival is being leaked slowly, for some reason. We know the lineup for “the people you used to like playing songs from albums you might still own” show on Friday, and a few of the main festival acts, but that’s about it. According to the Chicago Tribune (but not, as far as I can tell, Pitchfork itself), the Flaming Lips will close the fest on Sunday, with the setlist also chosen by ticket buyers via the web. If those planning to attend would consider stuffing the ballot box for “Riding to Work in the Year 2025 (Your Invisible Now)”, I’d really appreciate it. [Chicago Tribune]
• Kelly Clarkson, in what is apparently her only Canadian appearance this year, will perform at super-rodeo the Calgary Stampede with George Strait, Kenny Chesney, and Taylor Swift. I don’t know how many readers we have in Alberta, but that’s a pretty solid lineup of acts for a Canadian version of a state fair. [Calgary Herald]