|THE DEATH OF THE MIX TAPE||
Hey it’s 2022, which typically means lots of major music festival news in the first few weeks of the year. But, like last year, and the year before that., we are grounded in uncertainty as yet another strain of a deadly disease makes it way to the world.
Almost always Coachella, based in Indio, California, announces first, as per transition and also legal matters. This year that didn’t happen. In fact the lineup still hasn’t been released, and big surprise, people aren’t thrilled. Coachella has nearly always made up their own rules as they went along, while forcing other festivals to follow their rules as well, but without a lineup to announce, everything has been thrown into disarray as millions eagerly and often not so patiently wait to see where, or if they might be doing a fest this year.
The lineup was expected to feature big names like Rage Against the Machine, and most recently, Billie Eilish and Kanye West were rumored as the additional headliners, but even that hadn’t been confirmed. Instead, tons of people are waiting to see. For reference, if you go on reddits Coachella page, people are losing their minds, and are frequently becoming tired of waiting to make summer plans.
This is a problem for Goldenvoice, who oversees Coachella, but only until the lineup is announced. For the most part, these days, Coachella is less of a music festival and more of a rich kids weekend where the major concern isn’t seeing amazing musical acts but rather making sure everyone knows you’re at Coachella. Either way, people deserve fun.
Regardless of Coachella, and what other fests have up their sleeves, the major question I’m hearing when talking to friends is, should we even get excited? With everything still being extremely fluid in terms of covid, and of what’s safe, it’s easy to wonder if making these commitments, planning, and traveling is all worth it. As a person who is desperate to see live acts but in no rush to do it indoors where the disease is faster, the answer is a resounding, yeah I guess?
As an avid, hungry music fan, I miss live music so much, but as of now I’m not even tempted to go inside a venue to see a band, unless it’s outside. I want to dance, and laugh, and be free, but with plenty of bullshit still happening, being careful and safe outweighs every other desire.
Landon Murray is a music connooisseur who craves sounds of all shapes and textures. He's seen over 2000 bands and looks forward to welcoming you into his world of sound,
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