With over 60 hours of live music spread across four days and ten stages, Bonnaroo provided both a blessing and a curse - so many musical options, but likewise so many overlapping sets. My friends and I battled back and forth over these “conflictaroos” - how could we possibly see all of our favorite artists in such little time? Four days may sound more than ample when it comes to music festivals, but if I had my choice, I would’ve stayed in Bonnarooland forever.
Hundreds of LED lit balloons marked the sky as we gazed over what had become our home over the past four days. It was the last show, the final push. We were running on fumes and anticipation after a weekend full of countless standout acts. This was the set we had been waiting for since we were fourteen, sneaking Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg CD’s into our sister’s Walkman to memorize every explicit detail of what would become so monumental so quickly. As we stood amongst the masses in complete disbelief, the entire weekend flashed before our eyes.
Now that Week 2 of Coachella is over, the reality is setting in: the end is here. Put away your camping gear, your laser lights should find their way back into your closet, and for godsake put those weird 'fivefinger' shoes in your attic (unless Coachella is only the start of your festival season). For all of you Junkies who just can't get enough, this is the withdrawal period. Symptoms include and are not limited to:
- Coachella word vomit: you try to mention your epic weekend in every conversation you have.
- Coachella Facebook Stalking: when you sit in front of your computer flipping through all your friends (even strangers) Coachella albums.
- Plain old post-festival depression.
The bad news: Last year the festival was at Bicentennial Park, a significantly smaller venue than this year’s Bayfront Park. There was little to no cellphone connection available, probably because I was sandwiched in a mass of 100,000+ people. I can’t speak for the new venue’s cellphone abilities, but with an additional 50,000 people, I’m assuming the same problem will present itself. Your best bet is to set up sporadic meeting spots amongst your friends throughout the day, in case someone in your group gets separated.
This is a one time opportunity to see so many great djs at the same time ! You guys don't how lucky you are. You now can't pretend you don't know where to go on Halloween.
I don't really need to talk about it for days and days. The line-up itself should convince you.
Bloody Beetroots / Mr. Oizo / Fake Blood / Sebastian / Rusko / Busy P / Brondinsky / Destructo / L-Vis 1990 / Tommy Lee & Dj aero / SBTRKT / Sticky K / Vello Virkhaus
This is happening at Shrine Expo Hall.
Don't forget your tickets !
I really don't know what to say or how to describe what I witnessed last night. Thom Yorke's solo venture—Atoms For Peace, with bassist Flea from the The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nigel Godrich, long time Radiohead producer—completely destroyed a sold out Roseland Ballroom.
Flying Lotus opened (as per Thom's request) and showed off his production skills while performing from his laptop with a host of remixes, one of which included a deranged version of "Idioteque" that had Nigel Godrich (producer of Radiohead) smiling from the balcony above. After his set concluded he took to the mic and yelled to the crowd, "New York, are you ready for Atoms for Peace? I don't think you are, you have no idea how lucky you are for what you're about to see." Well, he was definitely right.
I always thought it was a rap thing, but now the rock folks are getting in on the fun of featuring artists on their upcoming albums. Thom Yorke took time out of the studio in sunny L.A. while recording with Radiohead to lend his angelic pipes to Flying Lotus on the song ... And the World Laughs With You for his upcoming album Cosmogramma. Yorke is no stranger when it comes to appearing on guest spots when he recently appeared on Modeselektor's The White Flash.