Monday, August 11, 2008

Virgin Mobile Festival Experience



Wow, what an amazing two days worth of music, entertainment, crazy people, and good times. I was very impressed with the festival and how it was run, organized, etc. I loved the Eco-friendly booths that encouraged recycling and going green. There was this really cool contest to collect recycled waste that people littered to receive prizes. I received a nice t-shirt, a bag, and some stickers. Perhaps I looked a little crazy to be collecting garbage, but I am wearing the shirt now and it's pretty sweet.

The weather was gorgeous, the food was a bit over-priced (unlike Bonnaroo which was reasonable), the sound was incredible, the bands were amazing (except for Lil Wayne who ruined the festival), the fans dressed in crazy outfits, etc. To expand on Lil Wayne, he came on at least a half hour after he was scheduled, and he was playing in the middle of a bunch of acts. But, instead of just playing to his allotted time, he played way over his time, a very selfish act. People were booing him, commenting against him. He wasn't even very talented. I'm not a rap conesseuir, but he's not very good, and he was very cliche when interacting with the audience. His music was repetitive and dull. I am embarassed that he has the highest grossing music sales this year. I think it says something terrible about this country.

Anyway, other acts kicked ass. They rocked hard and put on some excellent shows. So many great songs were played that I am blessed to have heard performed in my life time. I will get into bands and songs on other posts this week.

Here are the bands I got to see perform:

KT Tunstall
Cat Power
Gogol Bordello
Lupe Fiasco
Bloc Party
The Offspring
Citizen Cope
Chuck Berry
The Silver Beats (Beatles cover band from Japan)
Wilco
Foo Fighters

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Andrew Bird
She and Him
Lil Wayne
The Black Keys
Stone Temple Pilots
Bob Dylan
Nine Inch Nails

Top shows/performances: Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots, The Black Keys, Citizen Cope

Impressive performances: The Offspring, She and Him, Gogol Bordello, Nine Inch Nails, Bob Dylan

Below are some pictures of the festival--not of the bands. The performances will come in my next post tomorrow. Check out some of the scenes from V-Fest which was live from the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland:



































Crazy. So, did anyone go? What did you think? Or what do you think of the bands' live performances if you've seen them before or this summer?

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