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How Festival Line-up Announcements Should Be

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Posted by teibs On February - 10 - 2010

announcement@ZackTeibloom Yesterday’s Bonnaroo announcement was a nightmare. Even if you don’t run a music blog. First they put it in the hands of the artist, so you had to have a dozen tabs open to see when Dave Matthews was going to put up a video or if @wearephoenix would tweet about it. It was exhausting. It was unnecessary. It made us spend the day on MySpace. Gross. We can do better than that.

Here’s what I’m proposing: A one-hour prime time announcement for each of the major destination festivals with live bands and video montages. You’re intrigued, aren’t you?

I got the idea through the failed Grammy’s award nominees announcement. The reason that sucked is that they brought lame bands and no one cares who wins the Grammy’s. It has no effect on us. We care who will be at festivals, because we’ll be spending days and nights with these artists.

We get a host (I’m looking at you Jack Black*) and he’ll set the HYPE to the appropriate level with a video montage of past years of the festival line-up he’s about to drop on us. Let’s say he’s doing it for Bonnaroo. Instead of wasting the entire afternoon tracking the line-up, we’d have this special at 8/7 central so you don’t have to watch last week’s lost with the notes at the bottom.

He’ll narrate it with the vigor and rock excitement only Jables can bring. He’ll introduce 3-5 of the smaller bands on the list to play a live song so we can get a taste. Miike Snow plays “Animal,” Neon Summer plays “Deadbeat Summer***” She and Him play … who cares? Zoey’s there. We’d reveal the smaller bands in a list form*** and then the big boys get the real treatment.

Black would give them a long intro full of video montages going from smaller to bigger we’d get a at least one or two of the headliners there in person to walk out for dramatic effect. They wouldn’t even have to play. We just have Jay-Z and Stevie Wonder walk out hand in hand. Are you telling me you wouldn’t watch this show?

Can we make this happen one day? I really think we can.

*I’ll do it if JB doesn’t feel like it. (Update: Andy says we should both do it with KG and JB and Dave Grohl will just be there…b/c we’re best friends with him? and Jack White. He’ll be there too. Yeah.)

**The perfect festival song if there ever was one.

***The way you’d see on a commercial for compilation CD’s where they play a snippet of their song

1 Response

  1. @MattSilver Said,

    You and Andy should definitely host it and offer some analysis as it progresses.

    Posted on February 10th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

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