Posted in music | tour dates on April 21, 2009


"Though promoters around the country report strong early ticket sales for festivals and summer tours, the recession is causing jitters. This year Coachella, which has the most glamorous reputation of all American festivals, began selling tickets on layaway, and 18 percent of its customers took that option, Mr. Tollett said.

The proliferation of big festivals, like Bonnaroo near Nashville and Lollapalooza in Chicago, has not been without casualties. This year Langerado in Miami shut down, citing the economy. The Pemberton Festival in British Columbia is on hiatus after only one year, although its promoter, Live Nation, said the problem was permit delays." [NY Times]

With all the leaks of bands playing Lollapalooza this year, there are almost no surprises in the official lineup announcement, except maybe the Animal Collective DJ set... The whole thing below...


* Depeche Mode
* Tool
* The Killers
* Jane's Addiction
* Beastie Boys
* Kings of Leon
* Lou Reed
* Ben Harper and Relentless7
* Thievery Corporation
* Snoop Dogg
* Rise Against
* Andrew Bird
* TV on the Radio
* Vampire Weekend
* The Decemberists
* Neko Case
* STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9)
* Animal Collective
* Band of Horses
* Of Montreal
* Arctic Monkeys
* Coheed and Cambria
* Ben Folds
* Fleet Foxes
* Silversun Pickups
* Kaiser Chiefs
* Crystal Castles
* Bon Iver
* Santigold
* Atmosphere
* Dan Auerbach
* Cold War Kids
* Deerhunter
* Lykke Li
* Robert Earl Keen
* Peter Bjorn and John
* Heartless Bastards
* Gomez
* Glasvegas
* Federico Aubele
* Dan Deacon
* Passion Pit
* Zap Mama
* The Raveonettes
* The Gaslight Anthem
* The Airborne Toxic Event
* White Lies
* Ra Ra Riot
* No Age
* Asher Roth
* Los Campesinos!
* Bat For Lashes
* Chairlift
* Gang Gang Dance
* The Virgins
* Amazing Baby
* Portugal. The Man
* The Knux
* Ida Maria
* Delta Spirit
* Friendly Fires
* Manchester Orchestra
* Constantines
* Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
* Hockey
* Miike Snow
* Alberta Cross
* Hey Champ
* Sam Roberts Band
* The Henry Clay People
* Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam
* Cage the Elephant
* Living Things
* The Low Anthem
* Blind Pilot
* Langhorne Slim
* Other Lives
* The Builders and The Butchers
* Eric Church
* Joe Pug
* Kevin Devine
* The Greencards
* Carney
* Thenewno2

And spinning at PERRY'S
* Bassnectar
* Simian Mobile Disco
* Deadmau5
* Boys Noize
* KiD CuDi
* Crookers
* A-Trak
* Hercules and Love Affair (DJ Set)
* The Bloody Beetroots (DJ Set)
* LA Riots
* Kaskade
* The Glitch Mob
* Hollywood Holt
* Rye Rye
* He Say, She Say
* Car Stereo (Wars)
* Dark Wave Disco
* Moneypenny
* Yello Fever
* Animal Collective (DJ Set)



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Comments (54)


Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 2:08 AM

erm... boring? Not one single rock band in the mix.

Posted by lee | April 21, 2009 2:11 AM

Even though a lot of these bands are pretty fantastic, it seems sort of like same-ol' stuff.... interesting how the Big Festival scene has gotten so homogenized. Probably 80% of these bands are playing at Bonnaroo as well.

Pretty solid, just a lot of the same. Sure it will be cool!

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 2:18 AM

big meh.. least it beats apw

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 2:22 AM

As usual, a lot of good mid-level bands that I'd love to see, but the headliners are not too notable, in my opinion. Lou Reed's kind of an interesting surprise, though, and I'll admit that I'd probably enjoy a Killers show. But Coachella and especially Bonnaroo definitely handle Lolla this year, in terms of headliners. Not even close.

Posted by hornblower | April 21, 2009 2:47 AM

guess they didn't embrace the noise/punk bands as much as i thought they would. only no age. Like half of these bands played nyc for free last year.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 2:51 AM

and half these bands have already played pfork fest in chicago, lame

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 3:17 AM

Not into festivals..thanks anyway

Posted by zincink | April 21, 2009 3:30 AM

I agree, most big festivals are becoming cookie cutter. I'll still go and blow all my money on tickets and beer.

Posted by This Music Sucks | April 21, 2009 3:59 AM

not enough bands

Posted by gov. bobby jindal | April 21, 2009 4:40 AM

tool and jane's addiction yet you claim no rock bands? thats weird...

If you think the US festivals have week lineups, consider the UK...

Reading/leeds is the same festival:
KoL/ Radiohead/ Arctic monkeys as a mainstage headliner....rubbish would you pay close on $350 for that?

UK big festivals are a joke...the smaller ones like End of the Road and Greenman are much better, line up wise

Posted by ro | April 21, 2009 5:09 AM

Good topic, thanks.

Posted by ugg boots | April 21, 2009 5:20 AM

BV commenters complain about EVERYTHING. this is as good as it gets, they can't have NIN/Radiohead/RATM every fucking year. just booked my hotel and I'll have a blast.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 6:17 AM


How can you complain about UK festivals? They serve totally different audiences to the US festivals. Having been to several UK festivals and Lollapolooza, I know people attend the UK festivals who don't really care for any alternative/indie/anything-they-haven't-heard-before.

I personally would rarely go see a mainstage headliner but KoL and Arctic Monkey (I assume you have no issue with Radiohead) are huge in the UK and as deserving of a headlining slot as Tool are at a US festival.

The UK festivals cater to a much wider audience but that is not something to dismiss altogether.

Posted by Tizzle | April 21, 2009 7:36 AM

YES! CRYSTAL CASTLES! they are just so good

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 8:12 AM

i guess to some people Depeche Mode, Tool, and Jane's Addiction would be a big deal, but they don't do much for me as headliners.

and ben harper? still? really?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 8:30 AM

Crystal Castles, LOL

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 8:46 AM

Which one's the token mainstream country act?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 8:52 AM

No DJ set by the Hipster Grifter?

Posted by Regular reader | April 21, 2009 8:53 AM

I wonder how much did Goldenvoice pay My Bloody Valentine not to play any other US festivals?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 9:02 AM

Even though a lot of these bands are pretty fantastic, it seems sort of like same-ol' stuff.... interesting how the Big Festival scene has gotten so homogenized. Probably 80% of these bands are playing at Bonnaroo as well.

Pretty solid, just a lot of the same. Sure it will be cool!

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 2:18 AM

This is exactly how I feel too. It is a good lineup but these festivals have just become boring.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 9:05 AM

After the festival headliners of the last couple years muse/daftpunk/pearljam and radiohead+anyone else i feel like we've all become spoiled and no festivals look good anymore. i've never been to a big festival but every time i see a lineup i think of bonnaroo '06 and coachella '06/'07 or lolla '07 or '08 and it seems disappointing. Those years the festival bar was raised too high and it's impossible to match it. still think i'm going to bonnaroo this year just for the experience.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 9:10 AM

yes, i am totally stupid, but is this taking place in chicago? it doesn't say anywhere in the story where it is. i guess i'm supposed to assume it took place there before, so...

Posted by cranky | April 21, 2009 9:18 AM

chicago, yes.

Posted by djc | April 21, 2009 9:20 AM

this is why i like the p4k fest more, it is a third of the cost and all of the stuff that interests me has been there already with a couple of exceptions...

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 9:24 AM

delta spirit

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 9:34 AM

Agreed with 9:10am....but you forgot about Coachella 2004 line-up, that was far the best.

May 1
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Beck, The Black Keys, Boozoo Bajou, Da Lata, Danny Howells, Death Cab for Cutie, The Desert Sessions, dios, DJ Icon, DJ Peretz (Perry Farrell), Electric Six, Erase Errata, The Evens, Eyedea & DJ Abilities, Mark Farina, Laurent Garnier, Hieroglyphics, Howie Day, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Junior Senior, Kinky, Kraftwerk, LCD Soundsystem, Living Legends, Mindless Self Indulgence, Juana Molina, Moving Units, Phantom Planet, Pixies, Q and Not U, Radiohead, The Rapture, Sahara Hotnights, Sander Kleinenberg, Savath & Savalas, Seb Fontaine, The Section Quartet, The Sounds, Sparta, stellastarr*, Stereolab, The Stills

May 2
T. Raumschmiere cancelled before the show.
Future Sound of London were due to appear but dropped out.
Jimmy Eat World was on the schedule for a week, before dropping out.
Wilco also pulled out of the scheduled appearance due to personal problems.
Adam Freeland
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
Basement Jaxx
Belle & Sebastian
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Bright Eyes
Broken Social Scene
The Cooper Temple Clause
The Crystal Method
The Cure
Dizzee Rascal
DJ Danger Mouse
Donald Glaude
Ferry Corsten
The Flaming Lips
Home Town Hero
Le Tigre
The Killers
MF Doom
Paul Van Dyk
Prefuse 73
Pretty Girls Make Graves
Sage Francis
Saul Williams
The Section Quartet
The Sleepy Jackson
Thelonious Monster
The Thrills
T. Raumschmiere

Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | April 21, 2009 9:34 AM

The headliners this year SUCK but they came thru heavy with the rest of the lineup. Lolla is the best run festival with the biggest sound = I don't know what people are complaining about. This is going to be alot of fun - again....

Posted by BTW | April 21, 2009 9:40 AM

Not big into the headliners. Pretty average lineup, but it still beats APW. Why must APW pale in comparison to other festivals? It's the most expensive.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 9:46 AM

dude for 200 bucks all in this is a fuggin bargain... headliners are kinda wack but those middle bands are THICK. Chi-city mayne :)

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 10:01 AM

lou fuckin' reed.

that is all.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 10:11 AM

Delta Spirit FTW

Posted by jack | April 21, 2009 10:12 AM

"Which one's the token mainstream country act?"

Robert Earl Keen

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 10:20 AM

Pretty Girls Make Graves? I thought they broke up.

Bright Eyes? I thought Conor abandoned the name/group/style.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 10:21 AM

Who gives a fuck about the headliners?? For $175, this is ridiculous.

Posted by Drugs Delaney | April 21, 2009 10:27 AM

does lollapalooza have layaway for their tickets?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 10:32 AM

Every festival has the same "breaking" bands that virtually every "indie/alternative" station have relentlessly played out. No suprises. Huge ticket cost. Nothing exciting.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 11:45 AM

Janes Addiction and Tool? What is this 1991?

Posted by lee | April 21, 2009 11:46 AM

I agree that the big fests are getting hard to distinguish from each other, but how many people are going to travel around to attend all of them? Aren't most people only getting to the one that's near their hometown? So what's the problem with giving all those different audiences the same menu, more or less? Why should Chicago lose out on [Band X] because they already played in California, half a continent away?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 11:51 AM

Dan Deacon!!!! Why is he not headlining?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 11:51 AM

Meh. Wah. I'm too fucking cool for festivals. I'm a shoe salesman when I'm not working at Starbucks but that's only temporary. My real calling in life is to be a rock critic because I can't actually play any instruments. Or sing.
Anyways, too many low to mid level acts that have already played shows, all of which I've seen.
Fuck, I'm cool. Did I mention that.
Lame. Meh. Wah.

Oh excuse me, yes we do have that in a half size, ma'am.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 12:06 PM

Solid lineup, but nothing to be jealous of since 2 of the headliners are at APW, Depeche Mode, Killers, and Kings of Leon have all played or are scheduled to play the Garden this year, and I'm already seeing the NIN/JA tour twice in June, but last year's headliners were much better

Posted by Wallace | April 21, 2009 12:12 PM

will perry lick etty's pussy on stage again?

Posted by etty farrell | April 21, 2009 12:43 PM

the homogenization is complete.

what a disappointment.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 1:16 PM

dance party!

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 1:17 PM

umm yeah.. tv on the radio again. predictable

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 1:41 PM

I will be content to go to APW for $199 and skip Lolla

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 2:12 PM

APW over Lolla = L

Posted by BTW | April 21, 2009 2:51 PM

I understand that each of the festivals has its own regional draws and its original roots-- Bonnaroo had jam; Coachella had electronica/alternative; Lollapalooza had its grungy rock days-- but in the efforts of ALL of these festivals to diversify lineups, though, its ironic that their bills are becoming more and more the same. Grant Park in Chicago, where Lollapalooza takes place, is spectacular, but if you can see 80% of the same bands at another festival-- headliners and lower-tiered bands alike-- then it seems kind of self-defeating for the festival as an individual entity.

Its obviously an impressive feat that so many great bands exist-- getting the best new bands is what keeps festivals going. But can't they spread the wealth out a little more? As much as I really do enjoy Animal Collective and TV on the Radio and think they put on a great show, I would much rather see Tom Jones bust it out at Golden Gate Park... or David Grisman and Al Green at Bonnaroo. Its left-field bookings , be they new or old bands, that festivals should be going for to avoid becoming totally homogenized.


Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 3:44 PM

this needs more bands reuniting for it or exclusive for it, im suprised they didnt have metallica for christsakes, get some more worn out and retreads and bands i can see everywhere else

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 6:05 PM

"erm... boring? Not one single rock band in the mix. "

erm, you're a retard. Last I checked Jane's Addiction and Tool were rock bands.

Posted by adam | April 21, 2009 7:25 PM

same festivals all the same bands. Some bands two years in a row...

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 8:11 PM

oh wait... no vivian girls.. Shocked.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 8:12 PM

oh wait... no Steve Aoki either.. whoa

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 8:14 PM

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