This week, two more of the summer’s biggest festivals announced their lineups and we’re having a hard time deciding which one we like more! Bonnaroo has always been one of my favorite festivals – I’ve been several times since the beginning, but I always kind of felt like the lineups were never as good as the first year that I went. Well, this year they outdid themselves and put together what may be one of the best lineups of the summer. Firefly is a young festival, only in its second year, but they have put out a very impressive lineup, too.
Listen to our playlists below and let us know which festival you think has the better lineup!
Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN, June 13 – 16 2013
Bonnaroo has a very special place in my heart… three days of hot, hot sunshine and incredible music that invades your ears even as you sleep. A crazy, wonderful community of strangers who come together on one farm in the middle of nowhere to forget about everything else for a little while. Bonnaroo’s headliners include Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Mumford & Sons. It’s crazy – last time I went to Bonnaroo Mumford & Sons were playing a small side stage! I would also LOVE to see the soul superjam featuring Jim James with John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Other highlights include The National, The Lumineers, Beach House, Tame Impala, Local Natives and Haim.
Firefly’s lineup is almost like a smaller version of Bonnaroo’s – which is fitting because although I’ve never been to Firefly, from what I’ve heard it sounds like a smaller scale Bonnaroo. They also have Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers headlining, as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers. Other bands the two festivals have in common are Passion Pit, The Lumineers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Grizzly Bear, Lord Huron, and Haim. What does Firefly have that Bonnaroo doesn’t? For me, two things: Dr. Dog, one of my favorite bands, and Foxygen, who I have been a bit obsessed with lately.