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Sunday, Aug. 8: Soundgarden v. Arcade Fire v. The National
This is an enormously over-generalizing statement, and with some sarcasm included, but I doubt few people will be trying to split their time between North and South stages during Sunday's lineup.
Fans of Chris Cornell and Co. will probably be making fun of Arcade Fire fans and Arcade Fire fans will probably be making fun of Soundgarden; it really comes down to priority, and the multitude of reasons why people go to major music festivals. Some find it worthwhile to see their favorite band from 15 years ago reunited, and some to see today's hottest indie act introduce new material and reach those climactic "lies!" during "Rebellion."
One determining, last minute-factor, though, may be the viewer's personal taste for The National; if the stage map holds up from last year, the Brooklyn-based rock band is performing on the same end of the park as Arcade Fire right before Arcade Fire goes on, making the transition from one stage to the other much easier and quicker. Folks torn over their priorities may include this little fact in their deliberations.
The National play 7:15-8:30 p.m.; Arcade Fire go 8:30 to 10; Soundgarden performs 8-10.