Last week the California music extravaganza Coachella announced its 2015 lineup leading us to make a push for Drake at SXSW, Steely Dan, Ryan Adams and Alabama Shakes at Austin City Limits Festival 2015 and AC/DC at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Today, Manchester, Tennessee festival Bonnaroo announced its lineup bringing the picture of big name artists making the festival circuit this year into sharper focus. The big variations from Coachella are significant and widespread. Bonnaroo’s top headliners are Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5 and Kendrick Lamar. The metal heavyweight is Slayer. There’s a strong showing from a diverse roster of Austin artists on the Bonnaroo bill. Guitar hero Gary Clark Jr. gets high billing at the Tennessee fest as do indie rock faves Spoon. Americana breakout Shakey Graves will appear at the fest as will Austin’s epic cover band Brownout doing Brown Sabbath.
Alabama Shakes, Florence + the Machine, The War on Drugs and Hozier are all slotted to appear at both festivals which makes them all seem like sure shots to appear at ACL Fest this fall. Internet rap kingpins Run the Jewels are also on both bills. I could easily see them swinging through South by Southwest, but when I talked to them last fall they expressed a loyalty to longtime supporters Transmission Entertainment. My money says they’ll be back at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 in a later time slot (they played mid-afternoon last year). If we’re lucky, some representation of the group’s much hyped feline side project Meow the Jewelswill also be in the house at FFF 2015. I’m still crossing my fingers for a Caribou appearance at SXSW, but I could also see Daniel Snaith’s excellent electro project (booked at both fests) taking high billing at FFF 2015.
Let’s go ahead and put in a call for King Kendrick to come to Austin. He’s made several SXSW appearances including one at the iTunes festival last year, so if the right sponsor is in place there’s a good chance he’ll swing through. I’d love to see Lamar at FFF Fest, but he’s likely too big for Auditorium Shores. After his incredible showing at ACL 2013 it’s highly likely he could return to the festival in a headliner spot. Billy Joel at ACL Festival seems like a very real possibility. If legacy acts Steely Dan and Joel both appeared at the festival it would quiet all the grumbling from the aging demographic who felt a bit shut out by this year’s hip-hop and electronic music heavy festival.