A Great Big World
The Airborne Toxic Event
Andrew Belle Arctic Monkeys
Band Of Horses
Breach The Summit
Bronze Radio Return
Cage The Elephant
Chance The Rapper
City And Colour
Dan Croll Foo Fighters
Gregory Alan Isakov
Iron & Wine
John & Jacob
Pigpen Theatre Co
Portugal. The Man
Saints Of Valory
Tegan And Sara
The White Panda
The Wild Feathers
Third Eye Blind
Twenty One Pilots
Walk Off The Earth
Young The Giant
3/20 Eric Clapton @ MSG
3/21 Wilco @ Beacon
3/22 At The Drive-In @ T5
3/22 Varg @ HSH
3/24 Ellen Allien/Volvox @ Good Room
Originally Posted by guedita
Help me decide what to wear to the show I'm going to tonight, everyone. I'll post pics of my six different potential outfits in a second.
Originally Posted by bmack86
What is it about a band you love unconditionally that makes you adore them? Otherwise I'm going to just rip all over your shitty taste in bad bands.
This festival will always be on my radar simply because I have friends in the area, but I don't think this is the lineup to get me over there. still, it's nice to see them making strides towards becoming a major festival.
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Added beck today, makes this a little better for those who bought tickets.
Fri: LCD Soundsystem, M83, Underworld, the Kills, FOALS, the Last Shadow Puppets, Joey Bada$$, BORNS, Miami Horror Sat: Guns N' Roses, Ice Cube, CHVRCHES, Courtney Barnett, Run the Jewels, the Arcs, Gary Clark Jr., Silversun Pickups, Lush, Moon Taxi, DMA's Sun: Major Lazer, Flume, Rancid, Miike Snow, Edward Sharp, Matt & Kim, Cold War Kids, Wolf Alice, Anderson Paak, Joywave, the Heavy, Meg Myers
But to be more specific: drunk, college-aged white people. Eighty thousand of them. Mostly well-behaved. But I haven't read the police blotter for the event yet.
I attended three out of the four days and I must say I was impressed with the overall set up and festival offerings; it was easily worth the $199 per pass I paid last year on Cyber-Monday, in spite of the cracked rib I sustained from an errant, pointy-elbowed crowd-surfer-dude during Cage the Elephant on Saturday.
I was supposed to camp in the Super RV lot (full hookups) in the middle of the oval at the Speedway but my rental fell through last minute. (I was able to sell my pass for face easily enough on the message board.) So I cannot comment on the camping environment. Hoping to score a last minute cancellation, I got a hotel room over the phone while driving down on the NJTP Thursday afternoon and was able to keep my room for two more nights.
Seven stages were set up to minimize sound bleed. I didn't notice any all weekend.
The promoters must have DDT'd the fuck out of the place last week because, despite all my fears, I never saw a single mosquito, never mind a horsefly or a gnat. We'll all probably get lymphoma in five years.
There were plenty of alcohol and food stands so that there was never more than a few minute wait for anything. I enjoyed being able to walk around from stage to stage with my 90 Minute Pale Ale. For $7, you could grab a Bud, Bud Light, Rolling Rock tallboy (16 oz); Land-shark pints for $8. Beck's, Stella, ShockTop regular and shandy pint drafts were $8. Margaritas, Ketel One cocktails, Jack Daniels Cocktails for $9. Food selection was outstanding. I had a great noodle bowl, a decent teriyaki rice bowl as well as a a couple of different types of pizza slices from local joints. I had a gourmet grilled cheese and tomato sandwich with tater tots for ten bucks yesterday. The Coffee House Stage had any kind of coffee drink or pastry you could imagine. Ben and Jerry's had stands all over the place.
And then there was this:
This was a massive air conditioned tent with scores of large screen monitors with all the World Cup action. The special edition Firefly IPA (English Style) was $8 and so easy to drink. There were nine or ten DogfishHead selections on tap ranging between 8-10 bucks for a pint. This is where the thirty-somethings, forty-somethings and fifty-somethings could find each other for civil discourse. You could also catch the music act on the Firefly (Main) stage (at quite a distance) from the outside picnic tables.
The volunteers did a great job keeping trash off the grounds most of the day. They were friendly and there were plenty of them.
There were more than enough porto-potties to handle this mega frat-party; I never had to wait more than a few seconds.
The hammock hangouts were relaxing; I did have to wait more than a few seconds to secure one but it was worth the wait.
Crowded entry on Thursday. The promoter must have miscalculated how many people would show up for the first day because they were way understaffed at the check-in/search lines.
The lush grass of the Polo Fields being the gold standard, the rocky crab grass of the Woodlands didn't quite measure up, even with a decent blanket underneath. So you do a lot of standing because there aren't many benches/picnic tables anywhere on the grounds. The entire grounds could be/should be expanded to make it a more comfortable/less claustrophobic experience.
Camelback sponsored the water refill stations and sold you one of their packs if you needed one, but there were far too few of them.
4 bucks for a bottled water.
No Dogfish Head on Thursday.
The New Jersey Turnpike. So many crawls for a Thursday afternoon.
I'm falling asleep so I'll cover this tomorrow.
Lot's of good, some meh. I missed today's slate so I'll have to take the Incomplete grade and move on.
I concur with what you wrote. I am so damn spoiled by Coachella. The "grass" was pitiful which created a dusty mess. Don't even get me started on all the rocks everywhere. I'm lucky I didn't injure myself on any. The entrance was a clusterfuck every day but Sunday. Again, I'm spoiled by the day parking getting their own entrance at a Coachella and as such have never had to wait in a line.
The stage layout was very good and I liked the extended set times some of the acts got. The overall organization was pretty good for a newer festival.
God, did I love the Brewery. It was perfect and many of the selections were only one dollar more than the crap Bud Light.
The crowd was annoying at times, but mostly harmless, seemed to skew a bit younger than OSL and even Coachella.
Overall, I had a great time, and would recommend the fest to others