The foundation for festival season 2017 continued to build earlier this week, as both Coachella and Governors Ball both released their respective lineups. Coachella’s youthful pop powerhouse of a headlining trio between Beyoncé, Radiohead, and Kendrick Lamar is as impressive as it is bankable. Don’t be so quick to ignore GovBall’s headlining lineup though. The east coast festival will be bringing Tool back for their first New York City show since 2006, re-introducing Phoenix back to the festival world, and welcoming in hip-hop’s newest star in Chance the Rapper for his first major festival headlining slot.
What many festival junkies will tell you is that what truly makes a festival come alive, is the undercard. Who will be playing the tents and the smaller stages at 3p can be equally important and entertaining as the headliners. So between Coachella and GovBall, who booked it better?
Coachella has the benefit of being able to book more artists in total, and more acts means more chances to book fantastic up and coming artists. Some of the highlights from the artists in the small fonts include Oh Wonder, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Chicano Batman, Twin Peaks, Allah-Las, Grace Mitchell, Hinds, and Blossoms - who outplayed both Zayn and Jack Garratt as the UK's highest-selling debut artist of 2016.
Like their west coast competitors, GovBall too has a pretty strong undercard. Some of the top bands on the bottom of the poster who are a must-watch also includes Blossoms, who are joined by Nashville hotshot Ron Gallo, Roosevelt, The Orwells, Francis and the Lights, Kehlani, and Michael Kiwanuka.
Thankfully we live in a world where if your budget permits, you can attend both, and brag to your friends on how your summer was way more epic than theirs. If you had to pick only one though, based on the strength of the undercard lineup, which festival would you go with - GovBall or Coachella?