I got a late start because i stayed at the Star Bar too late the night before i left. After a long, boring drive down, I arrived and only had to wait in traffic for about 10 minutes. That was nice, but then i had to lug all of my camping stuff from the parking lot area to the campsite area, and that wasn’t very fun. I did score a really sweet spot about a one minute walk to the front gate of the festival area. This fest is very small in scale, similar to Atlanta’s Echo Project in size.
I was unable to get my press credentials due to arriving too late, so I got to experience things as a mere mortal for the first night. I was pushing hard all day to try and make it in time for Tokyo Police Club, but they had some medical emergency and their set has been moved to the already ridiculously stacked Sunday lineup. Instead, i caught Grand Buffet, who were hip-hop that seemed to be aimed at a high school/not-great-taste-in-music crowd. It’s weird to hear rappers getting all political and dissing Republicans now that they are out of office. It doesn’t seem quite as pertinent.
After that I caught Girl Talk, which was the last act of the night. The set was chalked full of typical Girl Talk mashups, and I’ve realized that over time they are not as enjoyable to me as they once were. Even with 50 people on stage dancing around, it didn’t really hold my attention for the entire hour plus set. Here is a video of the beginning of his set:
As soon as everyone emptied out of the fest area and made their way to the campgrounds, chaos ensued. First, someone made a 25 foot bonfire in the middle of the campgrounds that everyone went to check out, including the security team. Everyone was chanting and screaming as they put out the fire. Then about 30 minutes later, half of the people in the camping area formed an impromptu parade and marched around in circles. In all of my festival experience, I have never seen a campsite so anarchic. You have to love punk rock kids.
There have been plenty of logistic failures as one would expect from a rookie fest, but nothing too serious. $3 Yuenglings are pretty cool. The fest area features just about everything you would see at a state fair, even featuring a ring toss game to win a live bunny. I really hope no festival attendee actually wins a bunny, because that would be a cruel fate for it.
For some reason, the press people think my request to get the password to their wireless internet I’m detecting is a joke, but I’m no stranger to guerrilla journalism and a resourceful blogger can’t be stopped. Now it is time for more music, further updates coming. Enjoy some images from yesterday:
- Posted by Davy Minor on March 7, 2009 at 6:30 pm