Post by know ID yuh on Jul 25, 2011 13:18:37 GMT -8
I'm still disappointed with the headliners, because I wouldn't pay to see either of them again, but getting to see them each another time doesn't suck. The best part about the festival is the schedule. Of the 20-25 bands I would enjoy seeing, I only have to miss about three of them. The "main stage" Pioneer Courthouse shows start and finish early, so they don't conflict with other bands. Plus, all of the openers for the Pioneer Courthouse shows are bands I've seen and enjoy live, or bands I want to see.
What makes the lineup so good in my opinion is that this will all be taking place in Portland. This reduces costs of travel, camping, and time off work. I'm still a little confused about the process though. You aren't really guaranteed into any of the shows? It is based on capacity limits?
I am excited to see Neurosis. When I saw them on the lineup I nearly shit my pants. That takes me back to my heavy metal days when I saw them open for Pantera when I was like 14 years old. I'll probably go see some of the acts that are more dance oriented like Yacht (I am digging their new album) and Mad Rad. As for the headliners, I would see Iron and Wine again. As much as I love Band of Horses, their live show never intrigues me. I love their music, I find myself singing along to all the songs, but I am always underwhelmed.
Unfortunately they play at the same time as Mad Rad and Blitzen Trapper. Both of those bands are above Pig Destroyer as far as priority goes. Who knows though. It all depends on what area of town I am in and what is going on at the time. I'll keep them in mind.
Post by know ID yuh on Jul 25, 2011 15:26:20 GMT -8
In other words, your general wristband only guarantees you pay no cover charge at the venues. If you get there early enough, you should get in, but don't expect to try to wander into the Roseland or Crystal Ballroom right before the band you want to see starts.
To most of the venues, you can buy a ticket that guarantees you entrance to the event, regardless of the wristband. I've done this for the bands I can't miss. Each venue is only supposed to fill up the venue to capacity minus tickets sold and VIP pass holders. At that point, it is one in, and one out, so you could be stuck in the wristband line that doesn't move, but you might get in if a bunch of people leave.
VIPs are guaranteed entrance and no cover.
EDIT: To answer your question, Those paying at the door have the same priority as wristband holders, unless the venue sells hard tickets, and have them available the day of. Technically, they should still allow space for that potential ticket holder, even if the wristbanders are at capacity.
Switchy make sure you catch Pig Destroyer if you can! Amazing grind with ridiculous shrieking vocals.
Who else are your can't misses? I won't make Pig Destroyer either because it is at the farthest venue from downtown, and that venue sucks bad. Most of the venues are a ten minute walk from each other downtown.
Explosions in the Sky, MSTRKRFT, Neurosis, Blind Pilot, Macklemore, The Antlers, Sharon Van Etten, OFF!, Crooked Fingers, Tennis, Eluvium.
I'll definitely be at Explosion in the Sky, Macklemore, The Antlers, and Eluvium. I won't be at MSTRKRFT or Sharon Van Etten, because they are playing during Macklemore.
Neurosis, OFF!, Blind Pilot, and Tennis play at the same time, so I'll probably choose Neurosis. Crooked Fingers would mean a trip across town after the Kills and a late school night, so I'd probably choose bed. Looks like this schedule kicks you right in the groin for conflicts.
I bought a wristband and was hoping to see at least some of Iron and Wines set but I also wanted to see MSTRKRFT. I had planned to watch Iron and Wine from 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM or so and then head over to MSTRKRFT at Wonder Ballroom and hope that the line isn't too bad during (or even after) Reptar who play at 9 PM.
Does this seem reasonable? Or would you recommend skipping Iron and Wine if I really want to see MSTRKRFT and getting there really early (like when doors open at 8 PM) and just sticking around for Reptar at 9 and MSTRKRFT at 10:30 PM.