As the festival season begins to creep up on us it is always fun to make some predictions for who will be performing at your favorite summer get-together. Last year we made our first trip to the revered Newport Folk Festival, home to Dylan’s first electric performance and a rare acoustic performance by the Pixies 30 years later. Highlights from last year’s festival included Jim James jamming out with anyone who would take him on stage and a killer set by Dawes on Saturday. This year we have high hopes for the lineup as for the first time ever the festival will be having a lineup announcement party, which will take place at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge on Tuesday March 29th from 7-9pm. With the announcement coming in a little over a week we figured that it was time for us to make some predictions, although having most of the artists listed below making their way onto the bill may just be wishful thinking. But hey the great Jeff Tweedy once said, “What would we be without wishful thinking?” Let us know what you think of our predictions and if you have any more to add to the list. We will see you at the Fort in July!
Mumford & Sons- This one is a pretty obvious choice to rock the Fort. The boys from London fit the “folk” tag to a T and they are hitting the festival circuit hard this summer with appearances already scheduled for Bonnaroo and the traveling Railroad Revival Tour.
Fleet Foxes- They played in ’09 and now they have a new album coming out so why not? They snubbed us for Bonnaroo so we will just keep making predictions for other festivals until Robin Pecknold starts listening to us.
Middle Brother/Deer Tick/ Dawes- Festival producer Jay Sweet has been tweeting Middle Brother lyrics so we are hoping that is a good indicator of them appearing at the festival. Of course they have been touring with Deer Tick and Dawes so it only makes sense for them to be on the lineup as well (or that may just be a bit of that wishful thinking).
Robbie Robertson- This one might be a stretch, or it might not. If Dawes comes back for a repeat performance it will make it all the more likely because as Rolling Stone reports Robertson has just hired Dawes as his backing band for TV performances and possible festival gigs. With the Levon Helm band performing at the festival last year, I think it would be appropriate for a different Band member to perform this year.
Alex Ebert- This one is a little less of a stretch because we know that Ebert along the rest of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are big favorites of the festival. We told you about Newport’s tweet praising Ebert’s solo work a few weeks back on NMM and we would love to see him perform some of his solo stuff at the festival.
Brown Bird- I am guessing that these guys are pretty much a lock. They are performing at the lineup release party so it would be pretty silly to have them there but not perform at the festival.
The Head and the Heart- When we saw them open for Dr. Dog a few weeks back, we knew they would be perfect for Newport and with Jay Sweet recently shouting them out on his Twitter we can only hope that he is trying to bring them to the Fort.
AgesandAges- Another M&T fave and like Mumford, they fit the bill perfectly for a folk festival.
Paul Simon- This one is strictly wishful thinking, but hey a man can dream.