The lineup for the Beale Street Music festival was announced amid much excitement this Wednesday as the Memphis in May International festival unveiled its flagship event for the year. The annual music festival returns to Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis from the 5th-7th May. The event brings thousands of people to the riverbank each year and brings millions of dollars into the city.
Soon after the announcement was made however, potential attendees posted to social media to share their concerns about the year this festival was taking place. ‘I thought I’d clicked on an old poster’ said Ben Hopkins (33). ‘The more I looked at the lineup, the more this looked like the bill for a festival I went to 12 years go. Coachella perhaps?’
Initial reports that the Beale Street Music fest would be a great 2005 festival started rolling in with the announcement that Snoop Dogg and Kings Of Leon would be headlining the event. Snoop Dogg’s seminal track ‘Drop it like it’s hot’ was released in September 2004 and Kings Of Leon’s second major album release, ‘aha shake heartbreak’, critically regarded as their best, hit the shelves in February of 2005.
Reports that the festival would be one of the best of 2005 were corroborated by the presence of MGMT, whom released their major hit ‘Time to pretend’ in the 05 summer, alongside such other acts as Sum41, Jimmy Eat world, Death Cab For Cutie, and Ludacris, all whom were at, or just past the peak of their commercial success.
Other users on social media had different questions about the lineup:
‘Bush? Again?’ said twitter user @notbushagain on Wednesday evening
‘Wiz Khalifa? The guy from the Eric Andre show?’ stated a user on facebook.
When pressed about the year of the festival, organiser Bret Maggard (52) admitted that the current year was indeed 2017, but that his taste in music had not changed since he’d reached middle age in the mid-2000s.
Mark Brimble is a Memphis Comic and performing member of Comma Comedians. Follow him on twitter @brimmmers
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