So, How About That FPSF Lineup Anyway?
My initial, visceral reaction to the lineup was two-fold: a) Deftones? Yay!; b) that is a mighty impressive EDM lineup. I figured Zedd was a pretty solid lock for the festival, but Above & Beyond is an outside the box choice that I'm in love with. Having just seen them put on a wonderful set a few weeks ago at Lights All Night, I'm pretty stoked to get them again, outside under the Texas sky. Add in Adventure Club (who killed it at Something Wicked) and Flosstradamus and you've got an EDM lineup with something for everyone.
Photo by Groovehouse Deftones
It's a strong lineup top to bottom, with some great headliners (Wu-Tang, Dwight Yoakam), some rad locals (BLSHS, Bagheera) and some unexpected surprises (Sky Ferreira, Jana Hunter). I imagine I'll be super excited about the festival from now until about 15 minutes after I'm inside the gates, at which point I assume I'll proceed to complaining about the heat endlessly. CORY GARCIA
I'm just going to put my best foot forward on this one and start with the things that are awesome: Zedd, Lauryn Hill, Deftones. Jack White: not awesome. A lot of acts here I can really dig, but some of this is also very confusing.
Somebody dropped the ball on the hip-hop artists, in my humble opinion. DMX and the Ying-Yang Twins? Surely we could find something more credible than that. We don't need sweat dropping down anyone's balls in the middle of the summer heat, dude. And you will never, ever, ever ever ever convince me of Wu-Tang without Ol' Dirty Bastard. The end. ANGELICA LEICHT
First, I'm a little amazed at how many big names we pulled. The first eight names alone show more diversity and less predictability than any other festival lineup I've seen thus far, but it's not just the big names. I love scrolling down the list and getting more and more excited at the realization that there will not be a dull moment this year. The small stages are still going to host some big names that, for me, sometimes act as more of a deal-breaker than the headliners.
Photo by Marco Torres Ms. Lauryn Hill
And really, that says a lot in terms of the weight FPSF has when it comes to the festival circuit. Sure, they've had huge names that have pulled me in from year one, but this is the first time where I feel like I will be going to a festival and enjoying a variety of musicians that I can't have anywhere else.
This isn't an ACL lineup. This isn't a Coachella lineup. This is FPSF doing what it does best: giving you a chance to watch artists you never thought you'd be able to at a time when you didn't even know you wanted to see them. Kudos guys, you've done it again. ALYSSA DUPREE
I'm either getting old or my taste is growing more eclectic as time goes on. For the first time in the festival's admittedly short history, nothing here to entices me. I'm sure it will be a great time for the target audience, but I'm not the target audience anymore. Such is life.
On the positive side, if all of Wu-Tang Clan shows up, that's going to be a hell of a show, and the Deftones are a perfectly reliable token metal band to have on the bill. Unfortunately, the dearth of metal, punk, experimental and alternative music in the lineup, even on the undercard, leaves me cold. COREY DEITERMAN
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