Tuesday, January 6, 2015

We're Having a (Governors) Ball

Hot on the heels of today's Coachella lineup drop (we accurately predicted, to varying degrees of confidence, about 75 of this year's acts, including all three headliners) comes the next big announcement from festival-land. We are now mere hours away from the announcement out of New York City of the 2015 Governors Ball lineup, which promises to rival the great festival in the desert. And that's just one of several big announcements that may come in just the next week or so, including Bonnaroo, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the rest of the Rock in Rio Las Vegas lineup.

Our Gov Ball predictions are briefer and far more hastily-prepared than those for Coachella, with lesser attention to the depths of the undercard, and leaning heavily on the festival's own hints, but we will throw them into the ring for your delectation nevertheless. In alphabetical order, with headliner-level acts highlighted, and a few question marks and surprises saved for the end...

Action Bronson
Big Freedia
The Black Keys
Brett Dennen
Built to Spill
Cage the Elephant
Charli XCX
Courtney Barnett
Death Cab for Cutie
Future Islands
Gorgon City
Hot Chip
Jessie J
Kaskade (or Calvin Harris?)
Kidnap Kid
Lana del Rey
Little Dragon
London Souls
Marina and the Diamonds
My Morning Jacket
Parquet Courts
Passion Pit
Purity Ring
St. Vincent and/or Tune-Yards
Tame Impala
Twin Shadow
The War on Drugs
Zella Day

Acts we doubt would return so soon: Avett Brothers, The Dead Weather, Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, Portugal. the Man

A few wild-card possibilities: Courtney Love, Robert Plant, Refused, Smashing Pumpkins, and the wildest of all... the reunion of Sonic Youth?!

Stay tuned for more festival predictions in the days ahead!

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