Festivalist ’12: Hangout Music Fest 2K12 Initial Line-up

No preamble, lets just get to my own breakdown of the 2012 Hangout Music Fest initial line-up:

Jack White
Red Hot Chili Peppers (*added 2/8)
Alabama Shakes
Gary Clark Jr
Dr. Dog
The Devil Makes Three
Flogging Molly
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Mac Miller
Young the Giant
G. Love & the Special Sauce
M. Ward
Paul Oakenhold
Steve Winwood (haha)
Paper Diamond
Rich Aucoin

Dave Matthews Band
Cage the Elephant
The Flaming Lips – Performing Dark Side Of The Moon
Randy Newman
Chris Cornell
Zed’s Dead

Gogol Bordello
Coheed and Cambria

String Cheese Incident
Mavis Staples
Allen Stone
Tribal Seeds
Jamie Bergeron
The Lumineers
Julian Marley
Big Freedia
Sleeper Agent
Hey Rosetta!

So that was interesting, eh? That makes my grand total of correct guesses….2. I wondered last week what angle organizers would take: jam band-centric? more electronic artists? a spice of indie? At first glance, I would say they went with…I have no idea. A little bit of everything? I didn’t expect a lot on the hip-hop front, but Hangout’s selection of only white rappers every year is a bit disheartening. Plenty of artists that I need a 101 on (SCI I’ve been hearing about for years, but haven’t checked out yet), a few I could do without and a lot that are fine, but I’m not in love with. I would assume that the next headliner to be announced is either Eddie Vedder or Red Hot Chili Peppers, but after the initial announcement, who really knows. This initial wave of acts certainly didn’t wow me. The acts in the “yay” section are great (Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr, Dawes and Wilco in particular). I’m hoping a lot of contracts just aren’t finalized yet, because there seem to be a lot of gaps so far. Obviously, Bonnaroo doesn’t have the beach, proximity to a pool or the 35K attendance cap, but the line-up rumors already seem like more of a win.


By jayelaudio!/jayelaudio