When it comes to major festivals, I’m starting to feel like Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon: “I’m too old for this shit.” Seeing a band who is on the festival circuit in a small club like The Troubadour or The Echo is just way more personal than cramming shoulder-to-shoulder with nearly 100,000 other sweaty fans. Don’t get me wrong. I love the opportunity to see so many amazing artists in one place; it’s just kind of hassle.
That being said, I’ve decided that there need to be specific reasons for my choosing to return to big fests like Coachella. The first year I went was due to the reunion of Rage Against The Machine in 2007. I went again for the headliners when Prince played the following year and Paul McCartney the year after that. But since then, the headliners haven’t quite grabbed me (although it would have been cool to see that hologram). The idea of spending over $500 for the weekend of tickets, camping, and food just to see Kanye West be an asshole to 100,000 people doesn’t really thrill me.
But here is something I can get behind. The latest rumor I’ve heard was that Outkast was expected to headline SoCal’s largest festival in 2014. Since the last year I went, I have said there are four artists who could get me back amongst the ridiculous crowd. Those artists are David Bowie, Daft Punk, Talking Heads, and Outkast. It is sounding like I might need to set aside that $500.
In an interview last year, Outkast collaborator Sleepy Brown hinted at the idea of an Outkast reunion, saying, “We got the 20th anniversary of OutKast coming next year…it’s coming together now.” He also posted (and since removed) an image to Instagram with the caption “Outkast headlining Coachella 2014.” Way to ruin the surprise, Sleepy!
If that is the case, I’ll have to find myself back in that sweaty 100-degree weather. Hope to see you (and Outkast) there.
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