The official Paganfest USA 2014 line-up is set in stone, and…*drumroll*…not at all distinguishable from any previous years! It’s almost surprising that Korpiklaani and Turisas were chosen to headline the springtime folkstravaganza, in the sense that fans have been submitting thousands and thousands of suggestions to the event’s official Facebook page for several months and Paganfest decided to go with the tried-and-trues anyway. Anyone who’s truly shocked by the inclusion of Korpiklaani and Turisas, however, has clearly been living under a rock for the past five years.
The more interesting choices are in the supporting cast — Taiwanese extreme metal band Chthonic and our American favorites Winterhymn will be featured, as well as Varg, who…didn’t we just see them? Last.fm tells me they haven’t been to North America since 2012, and they could probably use the exposure anyway, so I’ll let this one slide. The bands to see at Paganfest will definitely be the supporters, since it’s highly unlikely that anyone attending the event will have seen Korpiklaani or Turisas any less than approximately one billion times.
What do you think about the Paganfest USA 2014 line-up? Do you think it’s lazy and cheap? Do you think that lesser-known bands should have been given a chance? Are you particularly excited about any of the bands? Let us know!