Pack up your sunscreen, tents, Gold Bond and other accessories because festival season is just around the corner.
For fans of music festivals across the nation, this time of year brings a joy and excitement much like that felt on Christmas Day for young believers in Santa Claus. It is now and in the coming weeks (and maybe even months ahead) that summer festivals begin announcing their lineups.
Festivals over on the west coast like Coachella and Sasquatch are already set in stone, which include bands like the Stone Roses, Blur, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend and even a recently reunited Postal Service.
For those of us here on the east coast, we patiently await (to the best of our ability) announcements from such festivals as Tennessee’s Bonnaroo and Cincinnati’s Bunbury (both coming February 19) and Louisville’s Forecastle Festival (coming March 2).
Though my days spent soaking up the music and sun at Bonnaroo are now behind me, I am still very much interested in seeing who will be on this year’s lineup.
My life has changed drastically over the past year; I entered a relationship last April with someone I’ve known for a long time who has a two year old son, and we are engaged to be married on December 6 of this year. I’m in a different place in my life now, and in some ways I am a different person. Surely I will miss spending the second weekend of June at Bonnaroo (which I have done six of the last eight years) but I am excited, happy and looking forward to my future as a husband and father.
For now, my festival experience includes only one major summer festival, which of course is the Bunbury Festival right here in Cincinnati.
Bunbury will once again take place in mid-July down on the riverfront at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove. Though the lineup is set to be released on live tv (Channel 19) this coming Tuesday, February 19 at 7:50 am, festival founder Bill Donabedian has already announced two of this year’s performers – Tokyo Police Club and Twenty One Pilots.