[Updated after the cut with Wanderland revealing a headliner.] Concert goers of an indie persuasion are set to have a field day next year. All of a sudden, we have two music festivals aiming for their so-cool-it-hurts hearts.
I’ll have to admit one thing: this year’s Wanderland line-up felt underwhelming. But then again, such is a risk a music festival takes, more so those of an indie persuasion, because “indie” means everything and nothing at the same time. But tomorrow the festival returns with a line-up led by the Drums, and also includes Architecture in Helsinki, Lucy Rose and the Paper Kites. Tomorrow we’ll see the cool kids show off again (if they could, because DSLRs are not allowed anymore). And tomorrow the rest of us will wonder if next year will have acts that we like. Well, we think we have cracked the formula for a Wanderland act – and we suggest six acts that would do fit nicely with the festival. And no, this is not us being critical or something.
[Updated on 04/08/14 with a final line-up: The Drums are headlining.] Last year, Karpos Multimedia announced the line-up to the first Wanderland Festival seven weeks before it was held. In hindsight, it was pretty late to do so. If there’s one thing we learned from covering the lead-up to the 7107 International Music Festival, it’s this: the longer you give potential concertgoers the information they need to help them decide if they should buy tickets, the harder it takes to get their confidence. Sure, the circumstances are different. 7107 was a first-timer, had expensive tickets (and a lot of other expenses with it), and hyped themselves too much. Wanderland, on the other hand, has cheaper tickets – just at P4,800, and the venue’s in Manila – and last year’s event was a success, which means you have a bunch of people who automatically want to go. Also, they’re not selling tickets without a line-up. Also, we know one band – Melbourne alt-folkies the Paper Kites – are coming, not to mention the winner of their local band competition early this year. But I’m bothered that we have a second music festival that’s taking so long to reveal their roster. The tickets may be cheaper, but not everybody wants to make a decision blindly. (All we had are rumors. MGMT was reportedly headlining, but that fizzled out.) Not everybody has the money. Rainy and I would cover the festival for the blog, but we decided to wait for the line-up before committing. (Unfortunately, the day job prevents me from being available on 17 May, and she still badly wants to see the Paper Kites.) So what’s taking so long, Karpos? Is the festival still a go? The promos have virtually dried up in the past few weeks. That does not look good from where I am. [NB]
I’m not going to Wanderland – that elusive first stab at an indie music festival here in the Philippines – tomorrow. Frankly, the line-up does nothing to me. But a bunch of you are, obviously, excited for this, you indie kids and indie kid wannabes, you. Evidently you know more about the line-up than I do. So, again, in an attempt to educate myself, I did another one of these crash course things… only to realize that I’ve probably heard most of these bands (or at least the foreign ones, since I’m focusing on them – although I haven’t heard of half of the local line-up either, a fact that severely dilutes my so-called reputation) during my many listens to Triple J, if not me knowing them altogether in some other life. Anyway, if you’re looking for the full line-up and schedule, you’re better off checking the (admittedly not user-friendly) Wanderland website, and I’ll hope that this thing becomes successful enough that they do it next year and it has a line-up that will capture my imagination. (And that the organizers won’t insist on mentioning their name in every. Promotional. Bit.)