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Bonnaroo versus Coachella: The lineups are in

February 3, 2009 | 12:27 pm

After some delay that was met with much hand-wringing, Coachella's lineup was announced in the wee hours last Friday, while Bonnaroo's came in on schedule today. The Manchester, Tenn., festival will be headlined by Bruce Springsteen and Phish, with more performances by the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Animal Collective, Elvis Costello and Twittering Mommy Erykah Badu.

We wouldn't normally pay attention to a festival in Tennessee, mainly because our fickle California blood can handle desert heat but not Southern farm heat, but we've heard some grumbles that Bonnaroo has the better lineup. Is it true? Does the Boss top Macca? If Coachella can't get My Morning Jacket will there be anyone in Indio who can hold a candle to the noodling revelry of Phish? On the flip side, Bonnaroo doesn't have Leonard Cohen, My Bloody Valentine or Throbbing Gristle, all examples of Coachella's brilliant booking panache.

In a perfect world, where bottles of water are always free, Pop & Hiss would combine the festivals to make one beautiful monster of music. To make it convenient for both Bonnaroo and Coachella fans, it could happen somewhere in Colorado, where cool mountain breezes blow on eternally sunny days, at least in our minds. Wouldn't that be lovely?

Well, that can't happen, so tell us, which do you like better? Are you going to fork out money for "Glory Days" or "Band on the Run"? And before you go ripping on Wings in the comments, remember that some of us have a major soft spot for Paul and Linda's '70s canoodling, hence the adorable photo above.

-- Margaret Wappler

P.S. Update: Dream festival comes true!! Somewhat. Bryan Eyster, a rep for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, reminds me about this year's June 18-21 gathering, which will feature Elvis Costello, David Byrne, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis and Emmylou Harris. A few of those names haven't been formally announced yet, so you heard it here first. He also points out the following about the significantly chilled vibe of Telluride:


We're proud to not be a monster festival (we sell 10,000 tix per day). But it's the most gorgeous venue in the country, under 14,000 ft peaks in the San Juan Mountains. On the sunniest weekend of the year (the summer solstice). With artists who are very happy to be there. And a fiercely loyal, open-minded music-loving audience.

Anyone got a VW Bus we can all pile in come June?


Photo: MPL Communications