My hometown festival Kaaboo Del Mar released their lineup today for the 2017 festival. This is Kaaboo's third iteration. Let's start with the headliners:
A bit dissapointing as the RHCP already have a show in San Diego in the next few weeks. That said, they are really popular in San Diego so if you can snag them I suppose you do it. I'm probably in the minority here, but it would of been nice to see somebody that hadn't been in San Diego in awhile.
Apparently Pink is headlining music festivals now? I can't remember the last time she was in San Diego and she is popular so I could see this being appealing to some folks. At it's core Kaaboo is targeting people 27-35 roughly, so it seems like a good pick and fits well with their target audience.
Holy shit, Kaaboo got Tom Petty? For me, this is Kaaboo's best snag. Tom Petty is playing a few festivals this year, and funny enough it is all the ones who are Kaaboo's direct competition for the slightly older music festival going crowd: Bottlerock in Napa and the newly announced Arroyo Seco in Pasadena. Still, this is an awesome get for Kaaboo, and is sure to draw in a lot of people.
Festival headlining staple at this point, but still a solid grab. Muse also just got announced as a Lollapalooza headliner so for Kaaboo to be sharing headliners with Bottlerock and Lollapalooza is a pretty good sign in my book.
Let's just address the elephant in the room: Shaq is DJing at Kaaboo. What the fuck? Apparently now DJ Diesel (Shaq's DJing stage name) is a thing? You have to admit you are at least a little bit intrigued by this. Other than that the most interesting gets in my opinion for the undercard are Alanis Morissette and Ice Cube. Alanis is sure to bring in all the ladies 28 - 35 ready to woo and sing ironic and Ice Cube is just interesting to see billed lower than at Coachella.
All this said, that undercard is pretty tough towards the bottom. It seems Kaaboo spent all their money on the headliners this year and was really left with limited resources for the lower undercard. Even as someone who likes obscure music I know very few of those bands towards the bottom. At least there is Smashmouth.
I feel like Kaaboo is still trying to fully determine the types of acts they want to book for their audience. This year I would say the headliners are much stronger than last, but the undercard is significantly weaker. The comedians are still coming so it will be interesting to see if they have some big names there, or if this really will be a festival only about the headliners.
Tickets for Kaaboo are (and have been) on sale now. You can snag them here. General admission passes will cost you $297 after all of the fees.