Question of the Day: Your Favorite “Big Four” Lineup of 2012?

on May 22, 2012, 4:31pm

questionoftheday1 Question of the Day: Your Favorite Big Four Lineup of 2012?

The United States’ “Big Four” music festivals (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits) are no longer the only kids on the block, but they have this awe and fascination about them like none other. These are the festivals that have message boards speculating on next year’s lineups before this year’s have gotten a chance to prove themselves. These are the festivals that sell out long before the first act is ever confirmed. These are the festivals whose lineup announcements are a music fan’s equivalent to the Super Bowl.

So, in the wake of ACL’s last announcement night, we figured now would be an appropriate time to ask: Which of the “Big Four” delivered your favorite lineup in 2012? To help you answer that question, we have the lineups for all four festivals below.

If you’d like another topic to discuss: When, if not already, should we begin classifying Outside Lands, Sasquatch, or Voodoo as the “Big Five”, “Big Six”, or “Big Seven”?

Leave your comments below. You can also tweet us @coslive with the hashtag #CoSQotD or post something on our Facebook page.

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John Nesiba
May 24, 2012 at 11:57 am

Coachella by a landslide.  Not even close.  

May 23, 2012 at 9:15 am

Wanee all day!

May 23, 2012 at 8:44 am

I found Bonnaroo’s lineup to be a big letdown this year (compared to the last few), but that turned out to be the blessing in disguise that made me hold out until Lollapalooza’s lineup was announced.

Coachella’s had the best lineup, but was waaay too expensive to get to from the east coast. Lollapalooza falls in at 2nd. ACL & Roo are interchangable, neither of which interesting me much.

May 22, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Bonnaroo wins with Phish x2 + Radiohead alone. Then consider the fact no one else has names like Black Star, GZA, The Word, Superjam 2012, The Beach Boys, Steven Wright, or Reggie Watts.. for me its an easy decision. plus bonnaroo is much closer to me than any of the other three

Brut Muckels
May 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Coachella. I have Nick Cave syndrome, if Red Hot Chili Peppers are playing somewhere it just automatically sucks.

May 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Coachella had Jeff Mangum and that was my favorite one hour of live music ever.

That alone wins it.   

Chip Fennema
May 22, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Austin in October > Indio in April, Manchester in June and Chicago in August.

May 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Austin weather in October is humid, hot and hideous.  The only reason I wont go back to ACL is the heat and they have virtually no shade at all and its always dusty.   Coachella at least has the chance at better weather and this year weekend one in the 60’s and 70’s was perfect.  Coachellas grounds are nice soft grass = WAY better than zilker park.  

Chip Fennema
May 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

You must have been to ACL once… Most likely when it was held in September and it sounds like before the Zilker Park renovations. Nonetheless, looking forward to three beautiful nights in October.

Chip Fennema
May 22, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Austin Texas got Neil! 

May 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Bonnaroo >>>ACL>Coachella>Lolla

May 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Coachellas lineup tops it, first Dre Performance in 11 years?? Radiohead Nuff Said, ATDI Reunion 

May 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Don’t get how this is close either.  Coachella by a land slide, Lolla second, Bonnaroo 3rd.  ACL 4th because it’s pretty much lolla except two months later.

ghost that never lies…
May 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Outside Lands Festival hands down was better than any of the big four

May 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm

1. Coachella 2. Lollapalooza 3. Austin City Limits 4. Bonnaroo

May 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Coachella has radiohead. Their weekend 2 setlist was incredible. Plus tupac showed up. No one else had pac

Reverend Justito
May 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Bonnaroo wins because they have Phish

May 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Coachella no question has the better line up. But I prefer full length sets, nicer people, late nights, and lack of police. So Bonnaroo will always triumph.

shmails and i never slice
May 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

BONNAROO for the win! That poster doesnt even have the additions either!

May 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Keep in mind, the Bonnaroo lineup shown on this page is only the initial lineup.  This one  only accounts for about half of the bands playing Roo.

May 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

how can anyone say bonnaroo is close to decent


Rory Biller
May 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Coachella without any reservations. Red Hot Chili Peppers = zzzzzzzzzz

May 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Coachella has the best depth this year. I think Bonnaroo did really good by separating themselves from the other fest by bringing in performers that are not on every bill (Beach Boys, Danzig, Black Star, Phish, GZA, The Word,and Ben Folds Five just to name a few)

May 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Coachella, then Bonnaroo.

And I’ve been to Outside Lands last year, it was great! They’re doing a great job. But I still think we can call the “Big Seven”, with the inclusion of Sasquatch!

May 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Out of these 4, Bonnaroo. Outside Lands has the best lineup this year though for any US festival

May 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Bonnaroo but Coachella is real close.

May 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

It’s hard’ bonnaroo and coachella are amazing. But I feel like the headliners this year were not that mind blowing. But I’ll go with coachella. Even though in going to bonnaroo lol

May 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

that is like half of bonnaroo’s lineup too

May 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I’m going to Bonnaroo again, but I’d choose Coachella’s lineup. 

May 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Coachella derp

May 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

For me it’s Bonnaroo, and it’s not even close.

May 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Bonnaroo. Hands down.


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