Here’s Columbus Calling’s Keith Adams’ first impression:
The Bunbury Festival line-up was announced today, marking the festival’s 4th year of existence and first under the ownership of Promowest Productions. Some quick observations/reactions: this is already likely to be the most popular iteration of the festival with heavy hitting headliners and, as Chip remarked, a very CD102.5 oriented indie/alternative line-up. The inclusion of Snoop Dogg was a welcome surprise and makes me hope that day may include some other acts that I’m interested in. The lack of heavier bands is a little disappointing, though they do have Royal Blood in that department. Still, it would have been nice to see more heavier bands included, or perhaps a couple of other rap artists to go with Snoop Dogg’s headlining set. Perhaps most intriguing to me is that a few of the artists such as the Decemberists, Father John Misty and Royal Blood are playing their own shows in Columbus in the days leading up to the festival and several others will be in town just a few months prior, such as Bleachers, Shakey Graves and Atmosphere. A nice sign that Promowest doesn’t fear competition from itself and feels the festival can hold it’s own while still selling the shows here in the Capital City. Combine that with some local music showcased and it feels like an overall win for our fair city.