Hearne: Shhhhh! Kanrocksas Music Lineup Leaked

yeah20yeah20yeahsCan’t anyone keep a secret anymore?

Apparently not.

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?

Fun.-BBC-Radio-1-Live-Lounge-2012For 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.

grouploveFrom 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

Passion Pit


Kendrick Lamar

The Avett Brothers

Pretty Lights

Imagine Dragons


Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

She & Him

Empire of the Sun

Sublime with Rome

Zeds Dead





Dropkick Murphys

Machine Gun Kelly

Son Volt






ZZ Ward


Trinidad James

Danny Brown



Action Bronson


Robert DeLong

Killer Mike

Polyphonic Spree

Delta Rae

The Knocks

Three Loco


Savoy (live)


Manufactured Superstars

twenty one pilots



Camera Obscura

Low Riderz

Anna Lunoe

Family of the Year


Air Dubai

Caitlin Rose


Langhorne Slim

The Floozies

Beautiful Bodies

Quiet Corra

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11 Responses to Hearne: Shhhhh! Kanrocksas Music Lineup Leaked

  1. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    LOL. Awful.

  2. smartman says:

    Woweewow Zippy! For a festival that wants to compete with Coachella and Bonnaroo this is not a very impressive line up. Kinda like shopping for used cars on the Miracle Mile, Noland Road, in Independence.

    • Brap says:

      You guys are old

      • the dude says:

        Eh, if they made it $45 for a one day ticket I might buy one day depending on hoe the schedule stacks up.

    • legendaryhog says:

      I don’t think they are necessarily trying to compete with Coachella and Bonnaroo. After all, those are festivals in different locations on different dates. Bonnaroo is in Tennessee on June 13-16, Coachella is April 12-14 and April 19-21 in California. Unless you are implying that the same group of people are going to choose between going to only one of the three as some kind of destination vacation, I don’t see the competition. Most of Kanrocksas attendees will likely be coming from the KC area. After all, the Speedway is not really camping vacation destination. It’s just a big open field, so unless you have an RV, there is not much in the way of fun “camping.” There are some artists here that I like and would be interested in seeing. I think day tickets would be a smart idea for folks who want to go home who live in the area. Hopefully, the attendance will be up this year and it will actually be profitable. It’s always good to have more music and new things to do in the KC area. I just wish the venue was in a cooler place for camping, like by a lake like Wakarusa used to be.

      • smartman says:

        At the initial press coference two years ago +/-, Bill Brandmeyer said, (and I paraphrase), that he wanted Kanrocksas to become a destination festival like Bonnaroo and Coachella that bands wanted to play and fans wanted to go to.

        Kudos for the lofty goal but you can’t buy or make something “cool” just because you want to. There has to be some organic vibe and mojo. A trust fund baby and a NASCAR Speedway lack both.

  3. StillAtMyMoms says:

    Is it wrong that I’m in my late twenties and don’t give a shit for a single band or performer posted on this line-up? Guess I’m finally old.

  4. balbonis moleskine says:

    Tiesto and Dropkick Murphys are awesome. The only issue is that both those acts come to KC regularly on their own and play a 2+ hour set for 75 bucks.

    So is it worth $190 plus service charges to see this? It is like the higher cost of education—most people going didn’t buy their own ticket so they could charge $400 it wouldn’t matter.

    I’ll consider it.

    BTW if anyone is interested Soundgarden tickets just went on sale at the midland this morning, $55.

    fell on black days…

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      There’s more musical talent in Soundgarden than the entire Kansucksass lineup.

  5. Duke says:

    None of those groups represent true rock and roll. So the word rock should be taken out of the event’s title.

  6. mike says:

    Rumors circulating that Kanrocksas will be cancelled at some point.

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