With all due respect to the 2nd festival's creator, I think this is the first one I haven't had to really think and analyze it. I love some of the random acts dropped into the first one. Fastball, They Might Be Giants, Transatlantic, Blackfield, VAST, Oceansize, Pain Of Salvation, etc. This one is definitely more me.
great posters from both of you. but the shadowlands lineup blows the rust belt away. i mean, you just went with your tastes and stuck with it. i'm sure a lot of people would love it. but shadowlands is way more diverse.
Post by candyflippedaround on Apr 29, 2009 19:00:37 GMT -5
wow this one was the hardest choice so far, i chose shadow lands mainly because of location, reunited floyd and eoto. my first instinct however was to pick rust belt, but a second look of shadowlands won my vote.
Post by twilightsociety on Apr 29, 2009 23:59:40 GMT -5
I'm going through these in match order, and these two are easily the best so far. Not in terms of line-up only, but in terms of realism. This is the first time where the festivals actually seem plausible. I doubt that Rust Belt would be profitable (no big headliner to bring in the casual traveler), but it seems like a great small festival. Shadowlands also seems completely feasible, with some great headliners and great left field choices (I second the VAST surprise, which was also in Match 2, I think).
I'd have voted for Rust Belt in Match 1 or 2, but nothing beats Shadowlands here.
Post by fake neil young on Apr 30, 2009 2:49:17 GMT -5
Damn. Both of these look really good. As far as lineup goes, Shadowlands has the bigger individual draws. Which is to say you've got Pink Floyd headlining your festival. But your lineup looks good overall, even if it's not really my thing.
Rust Belt, however, is a sharp, elegant lineup with a definite focus. It'd be hard for a lineup to have more of the greatest artists of the last decade on it. The decision not to feature a big reunion headliner from the 1970s means your tickets will run significantly cheaper, though you could've benefited from a bigger draw. I would've inserted some combo like Lou Reed and John Cale in - Velvet Underground is a good band that fits this festival and would draw more fans of this type of music. Failing that there's always the fallback - Radiohead - but that's a little boring. The thing is I've seen Death Cab live and they're just not terribly interesting. But the undercard is just really really good for this sort of fest, and that would be a huge draw for me. The only other problem with a focus this narrow is that it's going to create conflicts, especially if you've got five stages running. Which this fest doesn't really need, by the way. It could easily get by on four and probably on two.
But why set em so late in the summer? By then, a lot of the kids will be back in school. I know I will. What's the point in setting a festival at this point in August where it becomes harder for a sizable portion of your audience to make it? For me at least, this is the tragic flaw in two of the finest creations we've got. But maybe it's only tragic because it'd be impossible for me to make it.
I was really leaning Rust Belt, but this makes me want to reconsider. For one it takes place later, once school is underway for more students; perhaps more importantly, the lineup is geared extensively towards acts that are currently popular rather than older acts, which means your audience is going to be made up of a lot more college kids. Shadowlands - with its lineup nearly devoid of younger acts - doesn't have that problem. So I'm voting Shadowlands, even though my heart says Rust Belt.
As it has been said, both really feasible, decided on Rust Belt with the first look, but second round Shadowlands has to take it. Any festival hosting Margot and the Nuclear So and So's gets MAJOR points and a lot of my favourite bands are on both lineups... but overall Rust Belt isn't diverse enough for me. Both posters are great, both lineups are great, both locations, dates, everything, great; definitely the hardest choice thus far. Congratulations on both of you for an amazing job! I understand why battles are anonymous but I can't wait to see who did what
Post by NothingButFlowers on Apr 30, 2009 14:10:31 GMT -5
I went with Shadowlands. I was tempted to go with The Rust Belt, but that would have primarily just been because of The Polyphonic Spree. Overall, I just liked a lot more bands on the Shadowlands lineup.