Counterpoint Festival 2014 = East Coast’s Answer to Coachella?

Have you checked out the line-up for Counterpoint 2014?  There’s a good chance that answer is no — but you can correct that here.

Importing a few of Coachella‘s headliners, the young Georgia-based, late April festival is making moves to make the east coast to west coast trek for Coachella a relic of the past for fans of hip-hop and electronic music.  Why travel across country to Los Angeles, rent a car and sit in awful traffic for hours to endure 90 degree + heat and excessively inflated accommodations costs when you could wait a week, spend less than half the time traveling and half the money, see a lot of the same artists playing Coachella and get some southern hospitality instead of the class distinctions of access (or lack thereof) to day and after parties in the desert?  Let’s face it — unless you know the right people, you’re not getting into the Neon Carnival.   Sorry.

If SUPERGOOD was located on the east coast – we would have opted for Counterpoint this year given our disappointing Coachella experience last year (seriously, Phoenix sucked, Wu Tang Clan may still be catching their breath and insert your own criticism here related to Blur, The Stone Roses, etc.).   The fact that one of the joys of any music festival is that its only happening here and only happening right now quality – the two years of double Coachella weekends has made AEG and Goldenvoice and some other people boat loads of cash, but it has also taken away some of the Indio based festivals magic.  Coachella was the best festival in the United States until they converted it to two weekends of the same line-up.    There is just something empirically less cool about a festival that duplicates itself two weekends in a row than one that only happens once and, in doing so, maintains that quality of uniqueness.

But, uniqueness is not in short supply for Counterpoint.  Outkast is not only reuniting — it is their first performance close to Atlanta in close to a decade!   Killer Mike will even be there with his Run The Jewels project (don’t you smell a guest appearance during Outkast’s set?) and southern soul step pioneers Watch The Duck will ensure things are “Poppin Off.”   There’s also J. Cole, Rich Homie Quan, Chance The Rapper and Schoolboy Q too!

The electronic artists at Counterpoint give the Sahara Tent a run for its money – with Krewella, Major Lazer, Big Gigantic, Griz, Boys Noize, Papadosio, Flux Pavilion, A-Trak, Above & Beyond, Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador, Flosstradamus, Cashmere Cat, Rustie, Wolfgang Gartner, Congorock, Tycho, Nosaj Thing, Hucci, Minnesota and more.    Yes – Coachella has a lot more, and different, and bigger electronic talent like Skrillex, Zedd, Chromeo, The Knife, Bonobo, Disclosure, Duck Sauce, Alesso, Dillon Francis, Darkside, Adventure Club, Flight Facilities, Shlohmo, Carnage, Classixx and more  — but you can’t see all of it and Counterpoint’s EDM line up is pretty good.

And while it does not compare to the rock offerings of Coachella – Foster The People are also top billing at Counterpoint as well, and they’re joined by Matt & Kim, Yacht, Phantogram, Sleigh Bells, St. Lucia, Poolside, JMSN and more.   If you can afford to do it all – more power to you.  We’re all about the music and we’d do virtually every festival if time and our bank account permitted — but if both spare time and cash are in short supply, and you’re not located west of the Mississippi River – maybe you should think about Counterpoint Festival as your best option for an April festival.

All that said – the 2014 Coachella line-up is stellar and we do recommend going if you can afford it.

Article written by Ben Rosenbloom

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