My thoughts on this weekend...
1. I guess I did the same thing as Cutter and "accidentally" cut the line to get in on Saturday. I got there at 3 and the whole process of getting in only took about 15 minutes. I don't know how I would've reacted if I had to wait hours and miss Slint. Fuck that. Once inside, I could tell pretty quickly that the venue wasn't right for the fest. I mean, close to a mile walk from the Lawn to the Main? An arena with ins and outs that sometimes felt like a death trap, and from what I experienced, I'm surprised there wasn't any trampling of people. I just hope it goes back to the Historic Park next year. Has it been established that they will be returning there?
2. The music. Someone said this was the best sounding festival they've attended and I totally agree. Slint was phenomenal and my favorite performance of the weekend overall. Being front and center, and witnessing Don, Aman live was unreal. When Britt and Pajo sat across from each other and just played... So many goosebumps. I never knew Britt sang that song! Their lighting was really cool too.
Slowdive was a close second favorite act. Rachel still sings/looks like an angel and they all just did such a good job. Their set was specifically when I noticed how great the sound was. A reunion act that definitely feels like they never went away.
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks was fucking rad. Kids were getting amped at that show. And their drummer is probably the best I've ever seen.
Joanna Gruesome were also pretty great. Hate the name but they killed it.
Built To Spill surprisingly had the worst crowd of the weekend. I think they were all kids waiting for Earl but all around me it was just people talking/taking selfies/or fucking moshing and crowd surfing. Ugh, left halfway through to walk the mile to see Blood Orange. Glad I did because even though I couldn't get too close, I got to hear my favorites off Cupid Deluxe. I could go on but yeah etc., etc.