Can’t anyone keep a secret anymore?
The powers that be behind this year’s Kanrocksas music fest at the Kansas Speedway doled out its lineup in advance to trusted media sources…with the explicit understanding that mum was the word until 9 a.m. Friday.
In public relations parlance Kanrocksas was trying to “embargo” the news about its lineup Fat chance.
Who plays by those rules anymore?
Certainly not USA Today which broke Kanrocksas embargo at 12:01 a.m. last night.
And not the Star‘s Tim Finn who unleashed Kanrocksas early threesome of bands hours ahead of that embargo several weeks back.
How does one keep 60 bands a secret anyway?
For example, as reported only on KC Confidential weeks ago we revealed that Fun and MGMT were two of the biggies coming to Kanrocksas. But nobody swore us to secrecy on those, we got em the old-fashioned way…CIA intelligence work.
The bulk of Kanrocksas lineup was revealed at a invitation only Kanrocksas announcement bash Thursday night at the Czar Bar in downtown Kansas City.
From there advance ticket buyers learned that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grouplove, Passion Pit and Imagine Dragons were on the bill.
I’ll leave most of the music lineup analysis to Matt Donnelly, but at first blush it looks like a solid lineup with a few notable deficiencies.
Such as no real, big time, knock-your-socks-off, heavy hitter headliners. That and a handful of acts that might have bolstered the bill – acts like the Lumineers (coming to Sandstone for The Buzz), Of Monsters and Men, Band of Horses and Modest Mouse. Or how about a couple of classics like Violent Femmes and OMD?
Word on the street is more – but not many more – acts may yet be announced.
In any case here’s Kanrocksas lineup to date. Enjoy.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Avett Brothers
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
She & Him
Empire of the Sun
Sublime with Rome
Machine Gun Kelly
twenty one pilots
Family of the Year