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Area 4 Festival 2010

Little Review of all that FUN

Spent the better part of my weekend burning some rubber (1'900 km to be exact) to see The Editors again along with Placebo, Monster Magnet, The Sounds, Blink 182 and some other great acts.

Missed Biffy Clyro unfortunately and apparently they were stunning. But I thoroughly enjoyed The Editors again after I love them at last year's Southside festival. Blink's drummer Travis Baker, who reunited with Blink 182 after recovering from a horrific plane crash in 2008 stunned the audience again: he's just an animal!

But more importantly: here are some observations of that event that I enjoyed bunches (except the one-stage concept which won't allow for more bands to perform in three days plus stage changing time sucks).

Check out my Area 4 2010 photo gallery here:

The festival itself was really well organized. The campground and RV parking are right in front of the stage so even if you were hanging at the tent you could enjoy the show from a distance.

Food courts offered the usual standards at festivals and beer catering was well set up (Beck's). However, as with any one-stage festival they could have taken care of some more fun merchandise booths and some activity stuff like trampolines and some such as the band changing breaks suck at times (much better at Southside where there is music all the time fro three days at  three stages).

Overall though you can say Area4 is one of the better festivals albeit a bit far out and remote so you need to factor in some extra rural driving time.

Southside Festival 09

60 Reasons

At this year's Southside Festival with 60 great acts the weather stank but I got to see many of my favorite bands and some unknown to me. Food courts get better every year at Southside, the whole organization was great again. Easy in, great to be there, long way out.

The line-up was great again, 50'000 folks came out despite the stinky, rainy weather. But it didn't pour all the time fortunately. I did particularly look forward to the Silversun Pickup'sThe Wombats (beautifully funny and energetic) and Disturbed.

The Editors impressed me much with their dark, clean show but what knocked me off my feet was The Mars Volta! These guys are just epic!

Check out what you have missed:

Anthony Zaro · Anti-Flag · Auletta · Aviv Geffen · Ben Harper and Relentless7 · Blood Red Shoes · Bosse · Brand New · Clueso · Culcha Candela · Datarock · Dendemann · Disturbed · Duffy · Eagles Of Death Metal · Editors · Eskimo Joe · Everlaunch · Faith No More · Fettes Brot · Fleet Foxes · Frank Turner · Franz Ferdinand · Friendly Fires · Friska Viljor · Get Well Soon · Gogol Bordello · Johnossi · Joshua Radin · Just Jack · Karamelo Santo · Katy Perry · Keane · Kings Of Leon · Kraftwerk · Less Than Jake · Lily Allen · Lovedrug · Luis & Laserpower · Lykke Li · Moby · Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds · Nine Inch Nails · Nneka · No Use For A Name · One Fine Day · Paolo Nutini · Pixies · Portugal. The Man · Silversun Pickups · SKA-P · Social Distortion · State Of Martial Law · The Alexandria Quartet · The Asteroids Galaxy Tour · The Dø · The Gaslight Anthem · The Horrors · The Living End · The Mars Volta · The Rakes · The Sounds · The Ting Tings · The Whip · The Wombats · Tomte

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Some Photos from Southside 2009 (just cell, sorry).

Southside Festival 2009