Welcome to episode 5000 of “nerds doing nerd things”. This past week saw my comrade and PuR contributor Ed Zed and I make lists of the 13 or so artists throughout musical history, alive or not, that would perform at our fantasy festivals. The criteria didn’t necessarily mean strictly picking our favorite artists ( that would be a different list) but rather, those who could offer the most perfect and personalized live experience for us plus a great day/night out for similarly wired nerds. We considered logistical issues (for one thing, no artists would perform at the same time in adjacent tents or venues across town). Mine would absolutely take place outdoors in some state of perpetual night. There’d also be lots of french fries.
Anyway, at the risk of severe mockery, I’m gonna share mine in the hope that at least one of you will cough up one of your own simply because I love reading about this beautiful, nonsense dream…and I’m sure yours is gonna be amazing and brilliantly weird.
My lineup list also cites the specific era and/or version of each participating artist I’d want to see. Some are people I wish I could have seen but wasn’t alive, old enough, or geographically able to. Others I have seen perform incendiary, crazy-wonderful shows and wish I could time-machine myself back to. I also named a host for the evening just because we’ll need one.
Here’s mine aka Hopechella:
Paul McCartney & Wings c.1976-79
The Isley Brothers c.1970-72
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas c.1967
Donny Hathaway c.1971
Sandy Denny c.1972
ELO c.1978 (performing entire ‘Out Of The Blue album”)
Françoise Hardy c.1976-77
The Blue Nile-c.1989
Sinead O’Connor-‘c.90s era
George Michael c.2000’s era
Hosted by Tilda Swinton: past/present/future
Here’s Ed Zed’s aka the Zedding Festival:
The Birthday Party
If you want to share your FANTASY FESTIVAL bill below, please do. Go on then, I’m all ears as always!
Know what else? It’s time for the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the finest new songs that have crossed our path over recent days. This week’s list is especially anthemic, melodic, and swoon-worthy. I hope you’ll fall madly in love with at least one of these beauties. Listen below on Soundcloud or Spotify.
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