This morning, after waking up rather late, I opened up my laptop to explore the internet. As usual.
To my surprise, I’d forgotten you were releasing your lineup today! How exciting! I quickly followed a link to a news article on the subject.
Woah, $510 to camp up there! That’s a lot of money. But that’s also a lot of artists. It’s a tough decision, isn’t it? It’s tricky, because although I see many, many artists I like, I also see many artists I don’t care about.
That’s the problem Splendour. See, I’m going to Groovin’ The Moo this year, and I have one clash. Apart from that, there’s a heap of artists I’ll be seeing that I really quite like, and it will be a lot of fun. AND, it’s only $100 to go. Which means if there’s a couple of bands which seem a bit ‘meh’ it’s not so bad.
The thing is though, there aren’t that many artists at Splendour that get my heart racing. There aren’t many that make me scream “I HAVE TO GO!” Sure, I really wanna see Coldplay, and The Living End would be fantastic. There are other exciting artists too, like Modest Mouse, and it’d certainly be cool to see The Mars Volta. But for a lineup this size, and for $510, I’m not sure I can justify the travel and expenses for many artists which I’ll just be taking a punt on. Many artists where I might have heard 1 or 2 songs only.
I’m sorry Splendour. I applaud what you’re doing here, it’s brilliant. Good work on making a lineup which I believe many people will love. There are heaps of famous and great indie artists here, many of which I’d see if they performed locally – it’d be closer and tickets would be much cheaper. I’d even say you guys could get close to knocking BDO off it’s perch as the most popular and well-known music festival (hopefully you don’t inherit it’s infamous bogan atmosphere).
But being a university student, I’m not sure I can make it.
If you had bands like Karnivool, The National, Johnny Foreigner, Los Campesinos!, or (if it’s even possible…) Radiohead; if you had bands that really got me excited and screamed “GO GO GO”, maybe I would try hard to get there. But you don’t.
Although I like some of your artists, there aren’t enough that I love to make it worthwhile for me to fork out over half a grand (although if any media outlets or friends want to buy me a ticket or send me, I’d totally be cool with that).
Artists playing Splendour 2011:
Coldplay (only Aussie show)
Kanye West (only Aussie show)
The Living End
The Mars Volta
Regina Spektor (only 2011 show)
Bliss N Eso
Mogwai (only Aussie show)
The Middle East
Noah And The Whale
Isobel Campbell And Mark Lanegan
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears (Featuring The Relatives)
Architecture In Helsinki
Foster The People
Boy And Bear
Does It Offend You Yeah?
Fitz And The Tantrums
British Sea Power
Tim & Jean
Seeker Lover Keeper
The Black Seeds
Young The Giant
Hungry Kids Of Hungary
Cut Off Your Hands
World’s End Press
Plus a bunch of DJ sets which you can look up if you’re into that kinda thing.
Tickets go on sale on the 5th of May at 9am via Moshtix.
Info and lineup from The Music Network.