Posted in music | pictures on August 9, 2008

photos by Bao Nguyen

Radiohead @ All Points West

Expectations were set so low for this festival. There has been lots of complaining. The price is relatively high, the linuep is relatively weak, and a lot of people weren't happy about the five-per-person beer limit. All that aside, I thought the fest was great - what I saw of it on Friday night anyway. I saw a tiny bit of Andrew Bird, some of Underworld, most of Girl Talk and all of Radiohead's approximately 2 hour 15 minute set. Girl talk (am I allowed to say 'killed it'?). Radiohead looked and sounded amazing.

To get there I took the path from WTC to the lite rail to the Liberty State Park stop. That part was fast, cheap and easy. Then there's a kind of long walk through the park from the train to the entrance. I didnt't anticipate that, but exercise is always good. Bao took the ferry which wasn't too bad getting there early on Friday at least. It's a lot more money, but it also gets you much closer to the grounds when you get off. How was it getting home (if your home is NYC)?

More Radiohead pics, video and their setlist below...

Radiohead - Nude (Live at All Points West)

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

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Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead @ All Points West

Radiohead - 15 Steps (Live at All Points West)

A better variety of pics is coming soon. Here's what they played...

setlist - August 8, 2008
1. 15 Step
2. There There
3. Morning Bell
4. All I Need
5. Lucky
6. Nude
7. Arpeggi
8. The Gloaming
9. Optimistic
10. Videotape
11. Reckoner
12. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
13. You And Whose Army
14. Idioteque
15. Climbing Up The Walls
16. Bodysnatchers
17. How to Disappear Completely

Encore 1
18. House of Cards
19. Pyramid Song
20. Paranoid Android
21. Dollars & Cents
22. Street Spirit

Encore 2
23. Cymbal Rush
24. Just
25. Everything In Its Right Place

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Comments (186)

they were PERFECT

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:04 AM

CSS killed it and girl talk was a total shitshow in the best sense of the word. friday was worth the ferry/ticket monies through and through

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:06 AM

Radiohead was excellent, except the set was a bit too heavy on "In Rainbows," I wasn't down with the inclusion of "Cymbal Rush," and closing with "Everything in Its Right Place" was probably a poor decision.

But excellent, as always.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:09 AM

fyi path is $1.50 each way, and light rail is 3.80 round trip, however the light rail leaves you way out there with a long ass walk which puts into question whether its really worth it to spend that 3.80 or whatever (you dont have to actually buy a ticket, but then you run a small risk of getting a fine), because it only shortens your walk in half.

also I think the organizers anticipated long lines to the light rail on way back so they posted signs on how to walk back to Jersey City (actually, across that little bridge that someone here pointed out is visible only on google satellite map). So with a quick walk, it took me 30 minutes to get to Path station.

I got there just as Underworld was starting (very mediocre w/ cheesy sets, imo) and was able to get just behind the people on the rail, so it wasnt that crowded. tomorrow will probably be a different story.

Also as far as Radiohead itself, I thought it was a very uneven show, at least half the set sounded to me like filler material, and the crowd was dead on it's feet. You had one song that would really get the crowd going, then another slow tempo song, that no one would recognize or know, and that would just kill any momentum they had built up. and it wasn't nearly as good as the Bonnaroo show 2 years ago. kill me for this if you want, but I think Midsummer Party at the yard, MGMT, Black Lips/King Khan, Liars, at the Pool, all those shows were superior to what we got last night. Radiohead were better than Breeders, but thats about it.

Also- a very different crowd from a brooklyn crowd, totally different scene, and very few regulars that I would normally see at McCarren, practically none of the photo pit regulars were there.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:19 AM

may i please ask friday people advice for saturday people on vantage points and how early to set up for radiohead.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:21 AM

Friday was great. CSS to Underworld to Girl Talk to Radiohead. Awesomeness.

Favorite moment? Seeeing the tough security guards diggin on Girltalk.

Everyone was really chill and maybe this can be attributed to that beer rule. The commute home wasn't that bad either.

Glad the haters stayed home.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:24 AM

boo0000000 this proto fascist fest. too bad i want to go for chromeo tomorrow. and its going to be even worse, i can already tell.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:32 AM

the show as great. Grizzly Bear was excellent, totally jealous of ticket holders for their Music Hall set coming up. Radiohead was amazing as always, as for the comments about the comparison to their bonnaroo set, well, thats a given. They were better at bonnaroo (but that was in front of 80,000 people for a one night set). Mates of state were fun as usual as was the Go Team earlier and later CSS was okay. Definitely worth the trip.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:34 AM

"boo0000000 this proto fascist fest. too bad i want to go for chromeo tomorrow. and its going to be even worse, i can already tell. "

crackhead says what?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:34 AM

it now makes sense why grizzly bear is on tour with radiohead.

they were the best of the day (other than radiohead)

girl talk was fun in a frat party kind of way

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:37 AM

I had such low expectations I was almost dreading it but I thought the whole experience was pretty great. Ferry (taken around 3:15)had a big line but it moved really quick and it was maybe 30 minutes from getting in line at pier 11 to getting off at lib isle.

sound was great for almost all the artists and enjoyed the sets I saw though Duffy was on the cheesy side. Radiohead were amazing, and really know how to do the giant festival thing with class. what an amazing light show.

my advice for anyone going saturday or sunday: bring a hoodie.

Posted by bill p | August 9, 2008 2:39 AM

colombia guy was kind of a deusch bag. "And by the way I have this great book I wrote" huh? Also the whole "all chinese people love tibet" thing was pretty stupid. There are plenty of Chinese people that are the quite patriotic in that sense and would disagree with professor know-it-all.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:41 AM

Does anyone remember the name of the Columbia University Professor that spoke about Tibet before Radionhead went on?

This was my first RA D IOHEA_D show and I thought they were brilliant. I've got video ( a minute here, a minute there of their set) and I'll post it later.

Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:49 AM

it kills me when people say radiohead plays too much in rainbows...they're touring in support of that album. you might want to adjust your expectations. yeah not the best radiohead set ever but they set the bar so high.

thought the festival overall was great except for the beer rule & i didnt end up minding it as much as i thought i would (tomorrow may be another story with a weaker lineup)
first time seeing underworld and thought they were fantastic. grizzly bear too (set was short tho)

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:50 AM

anybody see rosanna arquette?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:50 AM

omg i just came a little

Posted by ashley | August 9, 2008 2:52 AM

mates of state: above average
duffy: terrible
grizzley bear: bueno
CSS; surprisingly good
GIRL TALK: orgasmic
RADIOHEAD: epic

RH def put on a good show, a little in rainbows heavy. but what do you want them to do, play kid a completely?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:53 AM

how was the commute back via ferry and train ? long lines/annoying?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:54 AM

no line at all taking the light rail. just the aformentioned long walk

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:58 AM

video'd the entire radiohead set, but sound came out shitty so probably won't post anything. however, make a note= the security up front threated to take peoples cameras, so be careful...

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 3:01 AM

Everything In It's Right Place (Ending Walk Off)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glhg0zcgTig

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 3:04 AM

i just cant imagine where those extra 10 thousand people are gonna fit tomorrow, it felt pretty full, the area by main stage is sort of squshed, not nearly as spacious like at Bonnaroo or Lolla, ok maybe comparable to second main stage at Lolla, but 35 thousand people all trying to get close, could get uncomfortable...

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 3:05 AM

I biked back to the PATH. It wasn't crowded, but I was hurrying to get out so I could beat the crush. It worked for me.

Oh and FYI, even though they promised bike racks at the last minute, there weren't any. Everyone chained their bikes to trees and the chain link fence.

Posted by Aaron | August 9, 2008 3:06 AM

Grizzly Bear were indeed great.
CSS came out strong with all guns blazing but a few songs in lost the momentum and vibe for me and became very 1 dimensional without the amazing songs to transcend the sameness.
Underworld totally disappointing and verging on cheesy. Not the kind of music (or act) for a broad daylight show.
Andrew Bird was tight, charming and fun. I know he's not everyone's cup of tea but he really is a very talented multi instrumentalist who, though somewhat niche, has carved out a nice career path for himself.
Girl Talk...I just don't understand the hype? The guy is a glorified mash up dj at best. He hunches over his laptop (which is most likely playing "pre mashed" mixes) doing virtually nothing except allowing 1/3 of the crowd to join him and dance onstage amongst him. Yes, it can be fun once or twice w/that party/circus atmosphere he brings to the stage but the mixes for the most part are obvious/cliche crowd pleasers with a curveball thrown in every now and then to give him the appearance of creativity. Where oh where are the Avalanches when you need em???
Radiohead, enough has been said about em but they were great overall.

Posted by Objective1 | August 9, 2008 3:12 AM

Robert Thurman spoke. He's Uma's dad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 3:15 AM

the avalanches were really amazing.

Posted by n.tronix | August 9, 2008 3:55 AM

I must say I'm really impressed you guys got this up so quickly.

Posted by Scott | August 9, 2008 4:22 AM

We were on a 5:30pm ferry - no line whatsoever and it took less than 25 mins from Pier 11 to entering the front gate. We left with two songs to go and again, no line whatsoever. People just kept moving. They must have had five ferries shuttling people back and forth. Went WAY better than expected.

The beer areas were small and very crowded. So weird being told you can't buy more than five beers - what if you got there at noon? One beer every two plus hours. Yikes.

Funniest thing....long ass lines where there were like four port-a-potties when only 150 yards away there was a sea of underused toilets. For the Saturday crowd...middle stage, stage right....

I thought Underworld was great...but without a hit of x, they probably seemed a bit much to most.

Radiohead sounded great. Visuals were fantastic. Setlist...holy shit it was like being on roller coaster. We started joking that they'd play a slow tempo tune and we'd have to wait just for the redemption song. It really did putter out at the end but overall very good.

It really is a perfect place for a show - however, rain and it would have sucked. 90 degrees and humid and it would have sucked. Damn, it got chilly over there last night but the sky was crystal clear.

Have fun on Saturday!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 4:34 AM

An exciting blog, good article.
Nice to see the blog.

Posted by Cahya | August 9, 2008 7:03 AM

Randy Jackson was there too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 7:38 AM

I suspect a a huge spike in sales for black hoodies.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 8:17 AM

fantastic photos bao. wow. afters seeing these, kyle's shots from the audience look extremely uninspired.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 8:24 AM

grizzly bear = boooooooooooooooooooooooring

Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2008 8:27 AM

travel to and from APW wasn't so bad. pretty smooth. here's to more of that and superb weather.
radiohead was excellent as ever! can't wait for a 2nd helping today.
andrew bird always knocks it out of the ballpark. genius! anonamimal was fantastic. can't wait for the new album.
grizzly bear rocked it. while you wait for the others blew me away. why can't they play music hall of williamsburg on sunday instead of today?!

Posted by super collider | August 9, 2008 8:37 AM

"more variety of photos"? Honestly, I think the photos are great on BV, but THERE ARE TOO MANY OF THEM. Less is more guys.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 9:15 AM

How was security? Do they go through backpacks? If so, how closely? Thanks for any info.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 9:27 AM

I wanted to bash this festival, but yesterday was actually a pretty great day.

Saw a bit of The Go! Team, which was energentic and fun but the vocals sounded awful. So my friends and I moved on to The Duke Spirit, and that chick can sing. Never heard 'em before but really liked what I saw. After that, we headed over to the main stage for Spearhead, say what you will about Franti, but the guy gets the crowd moving. All the dreadlockers and neo-hippies were there having a great time, gotta a couple of pokes on a joint from one of 'em. All good! Killed some beers in the garden, checked out a bit the Pornos, sorry but sans Neko they have little appeal to me, so walked over to Grizzly Bear. One word: Amazing! I can't believe how tight these guys are. Their albums don't do them justice. Back to the beer garden, then over to the main stage for Underworld. I could only take about 15 minutes of them, not that they're bad, but their music is NOT suited for a daytime performance. On to the middle stage for Girl Talk, just what we needed before RH. Listening to the mashes and watching all the people dance on stage was infectious. Then Radiohead,and while their setlist wasn't one I would have chose, they still killed it. Highlights for me were Idioteque, Paranoid Android, How to Disappear, and Everything In its Right Place. All things aside, like the beer rationing, the price of the ticket, and what some call a weak lineup, it was hard not to feel complete bliss watching the light show and then turning around to see the glorious Manhattan skyline.

If you're planning on going today,you should probably bring a couple of small bottles of liquor to add to a refreshing smoothie or a soda. The backpack check was hardly thorough and it's well worth the risk. Also, a couple of packets of the alcohol wipes from a first aid kit will take the marker off your hand and you'll be able to get another braclet with ease.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 9:27 AM

So as not to appear to negative on APW, I will say this...the sound is stellar. Every act's sound was great, even if they themselves weren't (Duffy...I'm looking at you). I was fairly up front for both Underworld and Radiohead and the high and low ends were clear, crisp and wonderful, especially for outdoor festival sound. Even when the crowd got to me and I retreated behind it towards the end of Radiohead, I could hear the band loud and clear all the way back by those rip-off "V.I.P." bleachers.

Posted by blackhat | August 9, 2008 9:29 AM

@Anon9:27 - I didn't have a bag but the security seemed fairly lax. I think any intelligent level of ingenuity is going to get you a long way.

Posted by blackhat | August 9, 2008 9:31 AM

Thanks, blackhat. That's kinda what I figured. Peace...

Posted by 9:27 | August 9, 2008 9:37 AM

How far away are the two main stages? Meaning, how long will it take me to leave one and get to the other? And did Radiohead start pretty much exactly at 8:30? Thanks for any info!

Posted by giganticjeter | August 9, 2008 9:48 AM

Path was super easy to get there and back (took an hour and a half to get back to the city, including the long walk from the Radiohead stage to the light rail).

Bag check was almost non-existent. Bring a hoodie and a flask or plastic thermos (to sneak beer out of the garden). 420 was also a non-issue.

Radiohead were stellar. Really dug the slower-paced set. I imagine we'll hear more of the anthems (Karma, Plastic Trees, Bends) tonight. Bring it on.

Posted by maitai | August 9, 2008 9:50 AM

The stages are fairly close so it's not too big of a deal to walk from one to the other, and you can probably get from the 1st to the 3rd stage in a 3-5 minute walk. And surprisingly as someone else mentioned the sound was stellar at every point and on every stage. And while the walk from the light rail to the park was way too long the whole thing was soooo much more organized and well run than I could have imagined. Every act started anywhere from exactly on time to the minute, to maybe 5 minutes late at the most. Radiohead went on around 8:35 according to my watch. I'm old, curmodgeonly, and borderline agoraphobic and I enjoyed this fest quite a bit, which is a testament to how well set up and run it is/was. Enjoyed the whole thing way more than I expected to.

Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2008 9:53 AM

the stages are not so far apart. you can make a mad dash cautiously around folks and art pieces to switch between stages. between the main stage for radiohead or blue comet (what names) to the queen of the valley it is a few minutes depending on how fast you walk or run. the middle stage (bullet) is really close to both other stages. radiohead went on about 8:30p.m. i think. didn't really check the time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 10:00 AM

What did you guys expect from the folks who organize Coachella?

I dont understand why all the haters were expecting some debacle.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 10:02 AM

anyone see the New Pornographers? What was the lineup like?

Posted by wembley | August 9, 2008 10:20 AM

I think the main quibble the so-called "haters" have with APW is the absolute shit of a lineup that's been put together.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 10:22 AM

no national anthem? i'm holding out for it tonight !!!

i can listen to any RH, but I'm bringin a friend who only knows 'rainbows' and maybe some radio/ snl bits

Posted by The Reckoner | August 9, 2008 10:29 AM

I saw New Pornographers. They were pretty good. Decent outdoor, summer poppy sound. I'm not an overly knowledgable fan or anything but the only recognizable person was Carl Newman. No Neko Case or Dan Bejar or anything like that. Some female keyboardist/singer though. Didn't recognize her.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 10:33 AM

Anyone take the ferry back on Friday night? Massive lines? Easy as pie? Would the train be better for returning?

Posted by Jake Barton | August 9, 2008 10:34 AM

I caught part of Mates of State and CSS(they were both pretty good). Grizzly Bear was excellent in their mellow-ish way. I loved Droste's voice. Andrew Bird was definitely charming and he put on a great show. I caught most of Radiohead's set. The show was great, I loved the spectacular lighting effects.
Bag check was pretty uneven. The guy who checked my bag was an ass. There were people in the fest with umbrellas and 420...so I guess you can try to slip them by. But bringing a hoodie is a good move.
I took the ferry roundtrip from NYC and I think that it was definitely worth it. Crowd control/lines for the ferry were good. There was ample space to sit/rest after standing for most of the day.
Overall, I thought the APW show on Friday was great for my first festival.

Posted by L. | August 9, 2008 10:46 AM

The lines for the ferry were long, and appear awful when first approached, but they did move fast. At the end of the night you can imagine what it looks like having 10,000 people lining up for a ferry, but looking back on it the morning after the ferry experience flew by rather fast.

Bag check- the security seemed preety tight to me - I saw a few people who brought medium-sized bags being told they could not bring them in - use caution. The bag checks were pretty through, but I did get there early, maybe later in the afternoon the crowds and fatigue wear on security...

Best place to see Radiohead on the Blue Comet stage - walk to the left hand side facing the stage. The medium is blocked off in the middle, but if you walk back and around the crowd was much thinner there. Of course, leaving afterwards will take longer - but you're there for the concert experience, right?

Friday was a good time.

Posted by tabby | August 9, 2008 10:53 AM

My 15th time seeing Radiohead. I've never seen a crowd so dead. And all the band played on as true pros I bet you anything they were like "what's up with these people".
Problem is too many tickets sold which dilutes the die hards. I mean this crowd looked like it wasn't even familiar with most of the material, which was really surprising. The venue was horrific. A burrito with rice beans hummus salsa falafel tahini and carrots. Are you fuckin kidding me?

Posted by Lawrence | August 9, 2008 10:54 AM

I think that it is the broke hipsters who are jealous of the trust fund hipsters that they can afford a ticket for APW. Dont give me that "it is too much" crap. A night outside with Radiohead is worth the stretch. But if you are shacked up in a 2 bedroom apartment with 5 other people spending your waiter tips on getting your small american apparel black tee-shirt tailored and finding dollar PBR nights in east williamsburg, of course you are pissed and attribute your own ineptitude of scratching out a living to "Shit Line Up"

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 10:55 AM

The ID line, drink prices and sectioned-off drinking areas were beyond ridiculous. You can understand wanting to maintain a fair amount of control and reducing injuries. But can you understand being prevented from sipping a drink while watching the bands you paid $90 to see?

The high profile security all around the grounds and the train area - while probably a good deterrent against outright assholes, and actually helpful at the light rail – still felt pretty fascist.

Great location. 2001 was set up better, and setlists were superior, but still, fantastic show. Sound and visual systems were superb. I thought "Dollars & Cents" and "Jigsaw Falling Into Place" were unexpected standouts. Again, the agency that developed the video and light show created what borders on a moving work of art at times.

Despite other comments, Underworld were absolutely in top form, but they could have used less daylight. Their set should have been longer.

Thanks for the photos and set list!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 11:00 AM

Radiohead were amazing. Screw what everyone has to say about APW. If you're going to see Radiohead, it will be epic.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 11:00 AM

Radiohead were awesome last night. They are quality. Bring something to wash the mark on your had off if you plan on drinking more then 5 beers. Then get another wrist band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 11:09 AM

No Clusterfuck, it was an awesome day and yes, RADIOHEAD was well worth it!! The other bands were great too! We enjoyed Mates of State, Go Team!, Grizzly Bear and Forro in the Dark were pretty cool too. We unfortunately had to miss Andrew Bird in order to assure a decent spot on the lawn for Radiohead, but..that's the way it goes.
It rained for 15 minutes or so and they ran out of ponchos for $5, that was stupid!! But, we realized we should have realized to bring our own. They say not to bring in umbrellas, pro cameras, etc...we say plenty of people with all those things. We think the girl with the stuffed animal won that at the little street fair booth (dumb). The food was decent actually, however, YES, PRICEY! You can bring empty bottles and fill them with the water spouts, the main one is warm, yuk! But ice is accessible.
Our bodies are wrecked but it was FUN!!! And RADIOHEAD was EPIC as usual!! They played longer than posted!!

Oh! And Obviously, Radiohead asked Robert Thurman to show up and speak on behalf of Tibet and the remind people of the creepy Chinese Gov. A bunch of people were not only completely clueless but said they didn't want to hear this crap. One dick gave him the finger when he mentioned the Bush Gov and all the money put into the invasion in Iraq. Bob explained that the song Underworld just sang where they say "you've been lied to" was about THAT! DUH!!! OY!!! WHY? Why do these people even come to see these bands? They should go listen to David Allen Coe and stay away from Music that is ALL about Bands such as Radiohead, who care deeply about Human Rights! Also, I wish asshole people wouldn't push their way up through the crowd and smoke cigarettes though!! I HATE YOU PEOPLE WHO DO THAT! Its YOU shmucks who are the real Haters, I detest ASSHOLES LIKE YOU!
Have fun at the Festival!

Posted by Shenanigans Padunkadunk | August 9, 2008 11:10 AM

The ferry back was perfect - just sprint past the thousands of people who will be slowly walking back to the dock and you'll get out before midnight!

Radiohead was epic - this was my first time seeing them and they did not disappoint. If you don't care about being right up front, I would camp out right in front of the sound booth thing - where they have those metal barriers. Then at least you have something to lean on while you're in one spot for hours and hours.

Grizzly Bear was excellent as always. The new songs are great and I can't wait for the new album.

Girl Talk was an insane mess. In a good way. The crowd on stage was entertaining enough to make up for the fact that its just a dude with a laptop.

Go Team, CSS were both cool as well. I only saw a tiny part of The New Pornographers and Underworld. Really there were no bad performances.

The stages were really easy to get between so you could skip between bands. I wish every stage had at least one big screen though.

Really people need to stop bitching about little things when it comes to these large shows - this was an unbelievable amount of fun and actually ended up being worth the 130 bucks for ferry+ticket.

Check out the LittleBigPlanet (or whatever its called) booth early in the day, too. The game is pretty cool.

Posted by Paul | August 9, 2008 11:10 AM

I'm not even a Radiohead superfan and their set alone was worth the $100. So the fact that for that price I also got 5 or 6 other good bands, a nice day out, a good set up and an overall enjoyable day made it that much more worth it.
I still think that Girl Talk is the worst thing to happen to music in the history of music. Seriously, I'm sorry if that ruins any hipster credentials I may have even thought about having, but it's the truth.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 11:16 AM

^fuck yeah!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 11:20 AM

to answer some questions:

scheduled times were on point friday, i would plan on all bands starting on time.

the beer gardens/5 beer policy was annoying but at the end of the day...i can't complain that much. drink on the trip in.

they did search bags and pat you down.

i was waiting in line for the ferry to the concert for about 1/2 hour (i was there at 3PM).

The concert letting out was a different story. i decided to take the light rail, which was a long, crowded walk. i got there pretty early on after the show let out but it looked like there were thousands of people behind us, all cramming into a tiny train station. PATH at Exchange wasn't too bad. left the concert around 11, got to WTC station around 1215.

very curious to know how the ferry was going back.

radiohead was amazing. lots of people (who looked young enough to be missing their curfews) were puking and passing out in my vicinity!?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 11:25 AM

"Robert Thurman spoke. He's Uma's dad."

it all makes sense now

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 11:26 AM

i was there yesterday, but todays actually sold out..so more people. anybody know approximately how many more people will be there today?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 11:32 AM

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 11:46 AM

from concert to light rail is a 15 minute walk. on the way you pass a sign that says walk this way to Jersey City, you cross that little foot bridge, these was a cop there to give directions, and after you cross the bridge there was another cop giving directions, basically you walk up 2 or 3 blocks, turn right and walk all the way to the station. very easy if you have any sense of directions, mayne not so easy if you are drunk off your ass. I did see a few people who seemed to be lost or didnt know how to use the train (you have to buy a ticket in one of those booths and use it at one of the turnstiles). Jersey City is a ghost town at night but very nice and clean fyi, might be creepy if you are a girl alone, though...

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 11:47 AM

le sigh, the beer gardens sucked ass. I missed Duffy, a bit of Underworld and never even had the chance to catch Andrew Bird. Girl Talk and Radiohead totally made the evening worthwhile though.

Posted by Jennson | August 9, 2008 11:53 AM

Lots of good comments here, but I'll add my 2 cents. Started out seeing Duke Spirit: excellent - one of the highlights of the day, and it was early so at the start we were able to get right up in front of the stage. Then saw Mates of State - eh, not thrilled. Then off to New Pornographers at the main stage - good but not great, no Neko (I loved their ELO cover though!). Since we had good spots (near front, left of center), decided to hunker down for Underworld. I'd never heard them before but they were AWESOME in every respect!! I am an instant fan. Almost (but not quite) as good as Radiohead. I've heard, from multiple reliable sources, that Girl Talk were great too - it's a shame these 2 bands (+ Andrew Bird) played concurrently!

As for Radiohead, I agree with most of the posters that the choice of songs was disappointing, to say the least. I love in Rainbows and have no problem with them leaning heavily on that. But no National Anthem? no Airbag? no Packd Like Sardines? I do agree they did too many slow numbers, so the show never really got going. I was lucky to have seen them in Summer 2001 (also at Liberty Park) and this show was just not as good - so I guess I had high expectations & was a little disappointed. Still, there were some real high points, most notably Idioteque, as well as Paranoid Android & Everything in its Right Place, and honestly a lot of the stuff from In Rainbows, such as the opener & Bodysnatchers & House of Cards. And, though I'm not a huge fan of Bends, JUST was awesome.

Unfortunately for those going today (Saturday), Underworld & Duke Spirit will not be there. But hopefully making up for that, Radiohead will do a better set selection.

Posted by JasonNYC | August 9, 2008 11:59 AM

Well here it is on Saturday morning at about noon. I'm 48 years old and a big Radiohead fan. I came in from Connecticut so I decided to drive in to one of the remote parking lots and take the light rail into the fest. Traffic was a breeze and I took the Holland Tunnel to the Newport Centre Mall and parked in Lot A. Parking for the day was steep at $22 dollars!! The light rail cost 3 people $11.00 which in the end nobody even looked at our tickets so that was a waste but we didn't know any better. Coming into the venue was easy by light rail but you can imagine the lines of people after the concert to catch the train back. We walked around the entire line on the street and then cut in and made it out fast. I walked into my home in Connecticut at 2:30am in the morning after leaving Liberty Part after RadioHead at 11:00pm.

I asked the security people and they said they sold 20,000 tickets for Friday and 30,000 for Saturday. We arrived at around 12:30pm which was a perfect time to come. No lines and the security checks at the gate were light. They padded me down for guns and weapons and basically let me in. The toliet situation was easy and they had lots of porta pottys on hand so there was never a wait.

The layout was great and relaxed for the most part. For every act you could bascially get up close except for Radiohead which I stood on the left side approx. 20 rows back if there were seats. Not bad considering how popular the band is to see.. The bands I saw were:

1. Love Save the Day- Wonderfull Great band but they played like at 1:00pm and nobody was there to hear them. A must see or download!
2. Mates of State- Great two piece band. A White Stripes happy go lucky fun music band
3. Duffy- Better than I thought. She needs to connect a little more with the audience however
4. New Pornagraphers- Pretty good but bad stage cloths. The redheaded dude lead singer looked fruity in my opinion.
5.CSS- Surprisingly good. Fun music with clown makeup on.
6. Underworld- Sucked...Techno music which Garage Band on your Mac could sound better
7. Radiohead- Great Great Great!! Long set and Thome Yorke was in rare form. I saw RH two years ago and Thome looked wasted...Last night he was sober and sang wonderfully.

All in all a very well run fest. My 16 year old son had fun collecting recyling bottles to earn points for prizes. He came home with a lot of tee shirts and stuff from his efforts.

Costs:

Gas $25.00
Parking $22.00
Lite Rail $11.00 (3 people)
Food- Pricy..burgers $7.00 and Soft Drinks $4.00
Tolls on the Roads $20.00 from Connecticut
White Castles Hamburgers after the show- Priceless! (They have a location in Jersey City!)
Gas prices in Jersey City $3.55 per gallon!


Posted by Buck | August 9, 2008 12:00 PM

"I still think that Girl Talk is the worst thing to happen to music in the history of music. Seriously, I'm sorry if that ruins any hipster credentials I may have even thought about having, but it's the truth."

Agreed. Seeing a sea of thousands of people freak out to "Whoop There It Is" like it was the greatest song of all time makes me sad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 12:00 PM

10000

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 12:02 PM

Thanks for the tips everyone.

Can you bring in sealed bottles of water?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 12:02 PM

scale of 1 to 10? a solid 8.

took the ferry there. line was HUGE like 4 blocks long. but only took half hour to move to front. overall, from getting in line to getting to the gates at festival - just over an hour. totally worth the 20 bucks.

caught NPs for the first few songs, thought they were mediocre (no neko = no good).

then hit the beer line. i was pretty pissed at first about the whole 5 beer thing but we all quickly figured out how to get around that rule. but at the end of the day i had about 8 beers over 5 hours (mainly due to the fact that you cant bring beer out to stages) so i was evenly buzzed through the day but never wasted... just bring lots of weed. bag check is near non existent. friend brought in full bottle of rum.

radiohead were superb. the crowd was kind of dead. a few drunken bros shouting were annoying but to look around you could see the true fans and lock eyes during sick songs and just smile like you were one of the few who knew just how good you had it while others texted and chatted the experience away.

ferry back... i was dreading this. i actually left halfway during "everything" to find my friends who left even earlier to hit the port o potties (which is my one MAJOR complaint. PUT 2 SETS OF BATHROOMS IN!!!! why only one all the fucking way by the entrance?) took about half hour to find everyone in the venue, then walked to ferry figuring we'd be up shits creek. well it seemed that way at first with about 3000 people ahead of us but the line kept moving and we were at south street probably around midnight. and what a refreshing way to come down after the sick show... midnight under the skyline on a ferry. people just chilled and enjoyed the breeze and silence. again. totally worth the money.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 12:03 PM

that radiohead set was one of the best i've ever seen.

it was In Rainbows heavy but In Rainbows is an amazing fucking record.

grizzly bear also knocked me the fuck out.

does anyone know why they had the audience facing NJ instead of the beautiful view of the harbor?

instead of staring at a giant black trash bag behind the bands we should have been looking at ellis island, the statue and the skyline. weak.

it was WELL worth my $100 though. also, the cheapest/easiest way to get there is the PATH to Grove St. and walk. its a 20 minute walk and NO lines, NO congestion.

Posted by matthew | August 9, 2008 12:03 PM

Oh yeah, practical info on transport: the walk from light rail is LONG so be prepared for some exercise. Other than that, it's not bad at all. ON the way home, if you don't feel like waiting behind 2,000+ other people to get on the lightrail, you can branch off to the right and actually WALK to the PATH (Grove Street) - it's a good 20-25 minute walk but we figured it'd be the same in terms of time, and it probably was - it's probably about 1.5 miles. I'm sure the ferry is easier (and nicer) but the idea of paying $90 for 3 people . . . it was just a matter of principle! Hope that's helpful.

Posted by JasonNYC | August 9, 2008 12:06 PM

Uh...Anon 12:03, there were 2 set of bathrooms. The ones closer to the entrance on the side closer to the river, and then over on the left there was a massive field of porta potties. Never had to wait even a minute to use one of those. The thing was that they had pretty much duplicates of everythig (beer garden, bathrooms, food stands, etc. at both the front and the back of the park, but since most people thought otherwise the front ones were always crowded and had long lines while those towards the other end never did.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 12:14 PM

Anybody else think that the 5 beer limit was a good idea? At first, I thought that it was lame that I had to be fenced in to enjoy a beer, but having been to other festivals, I quickly understood the benefits. No trash on the ground. No drunkards stepping on my toes. No people pissing on the side of the Mr. Johns. No vomit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 12:16 PM

FYI on the Bathrooms--There are 2 sets of bathrooms, one right up near the entrance and there's a 2nd set that's more hidden. It's behind the middle beer garden in between the 2 main stages (Bullet/Blue comet) - You don't have to walk all the way to the entrance if you're camped out at the main stage.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 12:18 PM

i don't understand a few things about the festival.

the limiting beer to 5 purchases per customer thing just makes no sense to me

other festivals allow people to drink as much beer as they want, and the size of this one isn't that daunting, so really why restrict that?

I also don't understand why they didn't realize that the ferry would be understaffed and long lines would come about

seems like a no brainer.

all in all I enjoyed it. the grounds were pretty, the shows were good and I had a relaxing fun time

I think the general consensus on here is that grizzly bear and radiohead were the best of day, and I'd have to agree

also, no smoking in an open field?!?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 12:18 PM

Oh, one last thing . . . to Shenanigans Padunkadunk: EXCELLENT POST!!!!

Posted by JasonNYC | August 9, 2008 12:19 PM

You can bring in an empty refillable water bottle but it has to be empty. Security made me spill it out. I would head to the bathrooms right about 7:30 and start grabbing your place on the lawn for Radiohead. People were pissing me off with putting these hugh beach blankets down on the lawn to reserve their place. I thought these were banned? I also saw plenty of umbrellas too which pissed me off. The key is to walk to the left of the stage (Facing the stage) and wrap yourself into the crowd that way. It seemed like everyone was on the right side (Facing the stage). Also the light show, stage setup with the hanging poles which reflected the evironmentally friendly low voltage lights were great! Radiohead also used both side flat panels plus one in the center of the stage to reflect a montage of band. Unlike other bands they had like 20 different camera angles on each member. They even had an overhead on Thom Yorke which was very cool to watch. Thye must have mounted the camera in one of the hanging poles. They also had one facing him while he played the piano which was a great view. For almost the entire show they would have six different images of the band on the big screens. Very different than how the other bands used the cameras. Like for New Pornographers they had one large continuous shot of the band with multi cameras going. Very cool

Posted by Buck | August 9, 2008 12:28 PM

All in all a great experience.. RADIOHEAD was 'superlative' .I love 'In Rainbows', so I may be biassed, and they played it flawlessly .. highlighted by a version of 'VIDEOTAPE' which left me believing that 'today has been the most perfect day I've ever seen..'

I've been to too many festivals and concerts over the years(I'm old as shit ,as proof I went to the original Woodstock) and from my perspective the APW festival on Friday night was a great experience; nice crowd, organized without being oppressive, best outdoor sound system I have ever heard. and with the backdrop of NYC on a crystals clear August night. ?...it doesn't get better then this !

If anybody thinks Rock is dead ... they have just been looking in the wrong places...it was alive and well last night...a reaffirmation for me.

Thanks.

Posted by rick | August 9, 2008 12:35 PM

"the limiting beer to 5 purchases per customer thing just makes no sense to me"

"also, no smoking in an open field?!?"

"all in all I enjoyed it. the grounds were pretty, the shows were good and I had a relaxing fun time"


You complain about the lack of drunks/vomit on the premises and the cleanliness (no one blowing smoke in your face, leaving cigarette butts all over the grass in your seating/standing area), then you say it was pretty and relaxing.

you make no sense

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 12:40 PM

you can have a relaxing time while being drunk and smoking--- so shhhh.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 12:42 PM

"you can have a relaxing time while being drunk and smoking--- so shhhh."

If you're alone in your living room i suppose. You see, it's not YOU, it's everyone else.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 12:47 PM

You can bring in an empty refillable water bottle but it has to be empty. Security made me spill it out. I would head to the bathrooms right about 7:30 and start grabbing your place on the lawn for Radiohead. People were pissing me off with putting these hugh beach blankets down on the lawn to reserve their place. I thought these were banned? I also saw plenty of umbrellas too which pissed me off. The key is to walk to the left of the stage (Facing the stage) and wrap yourself into the crowd that way. It seemed like everyone was on the right side (Facing the stage). Also the light show, stage setup with the hanging poles which reflected the evironmentally friendly low voltage lights were great! Radiohead also used both side flat panels plus one in the center of the stage to reflect a montage of band. Unlike other bands they had like 20 different camera angles on each member. They even had an overhead on Thom Yorke which was very cool to watch. Thye must have mounted the camera in one of the hanging poles. They also had one facing him while he played the piano which was a great view. For almost the entire show they would have six different images of the band on the big screens. Very different than how the other bands used the cameras. Like for New Pornographers they had one large continuous shot of the band with multi cameras going. Very cool

Posted by Buck | August 9, 2008 12:52 PM

I gotta say, the problem with these and most other american festivals is that they end up by 10 pm, maybe a little later. We can learn from the europeans, specifically the spanish and the amazing primavera festival, which doesn't even start until 6 pm! Not only that, the last band goes on around 2, 230, and can play for over an hour. this is way shit needs to be done

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 12:55 PM

word, for that experience go to bonnaroo, shit ends at 4:00 am except for final night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 1:07 PM

12:55 --

Is the last band playing for over an hour some sort of luxury?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 1:16 PM

yeah well the problem with having it go any later is that we don't have 24/7 public transport like the Europeans--after waiting for the light rail and the PATH, my crew barely made it to Newark Penn in time to catch the second-to-last train of the night. Unless you're going to allow camping, the last trains out of NY are about 1:30 am...

Could not bring filled water bottles inside. Bags checked, but not too thoroughly. Lots of weed inside, though none for me, alas. (Please folks, if you have any extra to share or sell tonight, make it known!) Port-a-potties not too gross, plenty of TP and hand sanitizer was a nice touch. Selection of food better than I expected (overpriced of course, but you know that). Sound was extremely good for an outdoor venue.

Worst thing was that they did not appear to have put a single extra light rail or PATH train on duty last night. Getting outta there was a nightmare. I live 60 miles away and it took me FOUR FUCKING HOURS to get home, I walked in my door at 2:45 am (Radiohead finished at 10:45). Fuck my carbon footprint, I'm driving tonight. Until America gets it act together with public transport, there's just no other option.

Posted by Deb | August 9, 2008 1:16 PM

"we don't have 24/7 public transport like the Europeans"

You think there's 24/7 public transport all over Europe? Wrong wrong wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 1:40 PM

wow this radiohead show is looking to be daft punk 07 in it's praise and approval.

i reaaaaally hope the new pornographers do me a favor and put on a big new york show separate of this festival with dan and neko and everyone. i love neko and dan's voices, i don't want to see NP without them.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 1:47 PM

Totally agree with many of the comments here. The ferry definitely had long lines, but both lasted no longer than 30 min and the ride is great.

I thought the beer system was definitely little much, maybe it was because of the state park rules? I've never seen such an elaborate system just to get a $7 Bud Light.

As far as the bands, I caught:

Forro in the Dark: Awesome, great way to start the day.

Mates of State: Excellent vocal harmonies, although maybe a little too poppy for my liking sometimes.

Grizzly Bear: Can definitely see how people prefer them in a smaller indoor venue. Overheard several people say "they are not a festival band." That said, they definitely had the crowd listening and delivered a solid performance.


CSS: They seemed big on the "show/spectacle" aspect, but I wasn't really impressed with their tunes. Lots of jumping and excitement on stage, but if the tunes don't do anything, I don't care.

Andrew Bird: Awesome later afternoon bliss.

Girl Talk: Ok, so it's a dude on a laptop. Maybe not always my thing, but people were going nuts during this set and I couldn't help but smile from a get the dance party going a bit from my spot in the beer pen.

Radiohead: I agree with some of the earlier comments that the crowd seemed dead, but the band was spot on and everyone around me was being pretty polite (read: quiet) during a lot of the tunes, so if people are listening and enjoying, that's fine by me.

Posted by Joe | August 9, 2008 1:51 PM

I arrived at the show during Underworlds set via ferry and there were lots of people leaving before radiohead!!

only advice is to leave immediately after radiohead if you don't want to wait for the boat. the ride is only 10 min but the wait will be very long if you dont get out of there fast.


1 and 2 trains from wall street were not working for uptown so you have to take the 4 (behind the construction)

anybody know when/where to find audio of this?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 1:59 PM

Bagcheck was a snap, the guy actually said to me "okay, you and I are gonna go off the honor system." I was able to bring in an umbrella and blanket and other essentials.
Leaving after radiohead wasn't as hectic as I thought it would be, but I left after their first encore to avoid it.

All in all it was a really good day, everyone was really friendly and it was clean and the weather was mostly nice.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:25 PM

re: beer limit.

why would anyone want to drink more than five bud lights in the first place? i think they set the limit to do you a favor.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:26 PM

radiohead are always grate! can't wait for tuesday!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:32 PM

Sounds great. What happened to Michael Franti & the Spearheads?

Posted by Resa | August 9, 2008 2:40 PM

1:16- i dont think so, most bands get an hour, it just shows that a band can play past 4am in a populated city without hell freezing over. shouldn't be surprised though, Giuliani ruined fun in NYC

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:44 PM

I thought I heard a pretty big rhythmic fuck-up by Radiohead at the end of Idioteque. They were off from the recorded track at the very end. Did anyone else notice that?

Lots of slow songs too but otherwise they were sweet and worth the money.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:46 PM

In regards to security checks and bag searches- it was just a superficial pat-down for obvious shit. They're not looking to confiscate everyone's weed. I'm pretty sure everyone was stoned outta their minds for Radiohead. The collective "OOHHHUUHHHHHH..." when Street Spirit (fade out) started was *hysterical*

Posted by Jeff | August 9, 2008 2:56 PM

fan bootleg from last night-
check it out here

www.shortwaverockin.blogspot.com

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:59 PM

last night was just amazing as always. i feel something special for tonite though. let's hope for airbag, the bends, my iron lung, national anthem, & fake plastic treesto be included. and i'm guessing all of those will be...

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 3:21 PM

The crowd at Radiohead seemed absolutely fine to me. I don't get the complaints; people like that everyone was quiet during the slower songs but then say the crowd was dead. Hmmmm, can't have it both ways. It WAS a very mellow set. The fans seemed to enjoy it and respect the band. Anyhoo, I'd have to guess that tonight will be significantly more uptempo. Can't wait.

Posted by Billy | August 9, 2008 3:27 PM

How To Disappear Completely
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSXsd1HWm_k

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 3:48 PM

fuck the ferry -- take the WATER TAXI.. its $7 each way, goes from basically the same areas as the expensive ferry, but theres hardly anyone on it, we didnt even pay on the way back to manhattan. it was the cheapest the best kept secret.
look up ny water taxi on line

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 3:49 PM

i thought they were better yesterday then at bonnaroo, all they did at the roo was put me to sleep.

Posted by shane | August 9, 2008 4:28 PM

Radiohead is the fucking best band out there right now.. they knew exactly where they were playing and killed it!... fucking amazing venue, and fest overall.

Posted by R08 | August 9, 2008 4:34 PM

"vip" area was horrible. paying $90 to see bands, you should be able to drink while doing so. radiohead was great - but it was a really slow tempo set. they're radiohead - you love it no matter what...

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 5:47 PM

Oh yeah my favorite comment by Thom Yorke last night was...Wake up Jonny on one of their songs. Apparently he was either playing the wrong song or the beat was off. Did anyone else catch that comment? I thought it came off sorta rude but maybe thats how they talk to each other Thom is a man of a few words. I love his trance dancing however. Worth the price of admission by itself. Jonny and Colen Greenwood are two pretty shy guys on stage. Ed O'Brien is just sort of there playing the guitar. Don't get me wrong I love Radiohead. Just a few observations.

Posted by Buck | August 9, 2008 6:13 PM

I was wondering about the VIP tickets. I just read one post that said they sucked. Is that how everyone else felt about it? At first I thought it was a good idea until I saw how far back the VIP seats were.

Posted by Buck | August 9, 2008 6:17 PM

Andrew Bird was genius. He has such a left-field take on things. I really thought that he and Radiohead were the highlights of Friday. On the whole, I found the day to be good value. I saw a bit of Spearhead (not as good as they used to be), the whole New Pornographers set, some of CSS, all of Bird, and all of Radiohead.

Posted by aBirdFan | August 9, 2008 6:44 PM

That 'Columbia guy' is Robert Thurman, Uma Thurman's father, and an expert in Tibetan Buddhism. Please get an education.

Posted by TJ | August 9, 2008 9:11 PM

my 2 cents:

Never having experienced a modern festival, i was amazed at the efficiency: bands went on EXACTLY a the times listed and played for EXACTLY the set time promised (except RH of course). Sound and video was excellent; all amenities were easy to find and signage was incredible. Compared with the chaos I am used to at clubs, etc. it was practically robotic in its smoothness. Of course everything was overpriced and the ferry line was long...but:

- NP did a great set, given the lack of Neko

- Andrew Bird was awe-inspiring (but his crowd was lethargic)

- I missed Girl Talk's set but could see and hear that it was a blast

- Radiohead pretty much killed

- the setting was beautiful


Bottom line: everything is in place for an outstanding APW in 2009 -- now they just need to get a decent lineup !

Posted by David Z | August 9, 2008 9:44 PM

I was indeed one of those complainers. Radiohead is an amazing band, and from this description it sounds like they gave this performance their all. But the insanely high ticket price, expensive transportation to and from the event, and relatively weak lineup besides Radiohead were not very inviting. I like a festival like the CMJ Mucic Marathon better- in that case you get a lot more for your money. I'll see you there Vegan

Posted by Scottydukes | August 9, 2008 10:08 PM

radiohead killed. i wish i went both nights.
we left before the second encore. it hurt me to do that, i regret it. took the ferry back. nice ride expensive but the ride was great both ways. i was in my apt at 11:50.

Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2008 10:17 PM

It's like a 30-40 minute walk from downtown Jersey City. If you do that it's cheaper to get from NYC to APW and back than going between Manhattan and Brooklyn. But then again I've been eating plain rice and making money by selling shit I find on the street lately.

Posted by sean | August 9, 2008 10:31 PM

Went Saturday night. Radiohead was amazing and Kings of Leon were good, but all in all it was not so great as a "festival." I've attended Lolla in Chicago and ACL and neither had the oppressive atmosphere of this event. First, to limit alcohol is one thing (maybe a good idea) but the implement it with a bunch of obnoxious thugs as security guards was really really dumb. It made this more Altamont than woodstock. First, if you wanted a beer, had to subject yourself to condescending lowlifes at the ID desk. Then, when you gained admission, you were penned in like a bunch of pigs feeding at the farm. The second you finished your beer, one of them asked you to leave the pen so more could fit in. None of them said please, thanks. Thugs. This is what you get for a 90 dollar ticket. Oh, and I asked for an extra cup so we could share a beer. It was not allowed (?).

Really sparse lineup. As compared with a Lolla or ACL, this was basically a Radiohead concert with a number of opening acts.
Anyway, if not for the poor security guard hiring, and poor organizational decisions, the site was beautiful and the weather couldn't have been better. I had no complaint with the ferry - that was pretty efficient. I hope they evacuate us that quickly when the terrorists come...

Posted by Juan | August 10, 2008 12:19 AM

the ferry took forever to get back on after the show. if you didn't sprint down there as soon as radiohead was over. I had to meet up with my friends again after radiohead which led to us having to wait until 11:45 to board the ferry. a lot of people were leaving before their set was over which is stupid since they played some of their best stuff in their encores.

I thought it was all great. other than rh, my favorites were go team (even though not enough people were dacing), andrew bird and girl talk (I caught a little of both). I saw at least a little of every band, actually.

radiohead's setlist was really good, even if they didn't play every single song I was hoping for. of course they played everything from in rainbows, they're supporting it! they still had time to play songs from every album since the bends, which is pretty impressive.

the lineup wasn't fantastic, but it was a smaller sized festival anyway. if you conglomerated all the good bands onto one day, it would've been decent but it'd be harder to see everyone good because of conflicted set times. there are so few good music festivals in the northeast, I'll take what I can get.

haters to the back.

Posted by jesse | August 10, 2008 12:23 AM

radiohead was fucking amazing. the end.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:41 AM

Juan,

You took the words right out of my mouth. The sets I saw were all individually solid, with Radiohead being amazing, but it didn't cohere as a festival. Two reasons for this: a weak lineup that was WAY too spaced out and INANE drinking regulations that segregated anyone who wanted to drink a fucking beer to one of two holding pens. I realize this is a music festival and not a Delta Epsilon party. But when you have THOUSANDS of the fans waiting on either the ID check line or the drink line and people who have obtained their beer confined like cattle to a fenced-in postage stamp, the general atmosphere is inevitably stilted.

With a rock solid lineup and less fascist drinking restrictions next years, this could be a huge success. It would also be nice if it wasn't such an ordeal getting there. Would shuttle buses to the PATH station (or cheaper ferry tickets) really be that difficult to put together?

Posted by Billy | August 10, 2008 1:04 AM

New songs to the Sat. setlist by my count:

planet telex
bends
fake plastic trees
airbag
exit music
no surprises
kid a
natl anthem
go to sleep
faust arp
bangers & mash

ci? non?

2 nights, 36 songs... it'll do.

Posted by Tito | August 10, 2008 1:18 AM

A big thank you to everyone that posted information about the water taxi. Less than half the price and very little wait. I can't believe people paid $25 for a ferry across the river. Shame on APW for ripping people off.

Friday and Saturday were basically $90 Radiohead concerts with a few opening bands thrown in. There was little festival element. Very weak festival. Even the ticket scanners didn't work today.

They sold 11K tickets for Sunday. Ouch. That is much less than MSG! Without Radiohead, I doubt APW will see a second year.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:14 AM

Damn. Wish I would have seen the Water Taxi post yesterday. I knew that ferry was a rip off. At least I brought my own flask so I didn't have to wait on line to buy overpriced Coors while being confined to the fenced-in alcoholic holding cell. It felt like a police state.

Radiohead was a little sleepy, but sound/lights were very good...
Andrew Bird was the highlight for me.


Posted by Sidecar | August 10, 2008 2:43 AM

anyone who says underworld sucked is a weiner.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:56 AM

It's ironic that Girl Talk was a huge dance party when in reality it's just rehashed 90s rap singles appealing to an ADD generation when the real 90s dance band, Underworld, probably the antithesis of ADD music, didn't seem to get as large a reaction.

But I did get the sense that it was a lot of people's first time hearing Underworld, and that those people were fairly impressed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 3:01 AM

ID bracelet - Ok. Draw a 10 inch line on my hand in marker.OK i guess. Limit me to 5 beers - getting a little worked up. Inability to sip my beer and watch a band play...good lord.

Getting drunk at a rock concert is as time honored a tradition as standing for the national anthem at a baseball game. Restricting beer drinking to that booze-pen discouraged bigger audiences at some of the smaller acts. In addition, it definitely promoted drug use as why deal with all that hassle just to sip a brew.

I still had a great time but please - toss me a freaking bone. maybe have a separate line for 30 year olds to drink unlimited and go ape-shit.

Posted by saltydog | August 10, 2008 9:06 AM

went to both nights. Radiohead was amazing as usual but i enjoyed the first night set better than the second. although on the 2nd you did hear some songs that arent played too often anymore.

other highlights were Underworld. anyone who says they sucked obviously isnt a fan and just isnt in to their music. Animal Collective: I am not a fan or anything but I found their set to be enjoyable. and wild bills soda...yummy birch beer indeed.


in regards to the festival, most people were slobs. you could find half eaten burritos and other garbage all over the grounds. so much for an "eco friendly" event. and the security was a joke. the first day the security guard looked into my wife's bag and actually said "looks like too much in there, i am not going through it." and then he let us in. if it wasnt for Radiohead, there wouldnt have been an All Points West.

Posted by david | August 10, 2008 10:03 AM

The line for the ferry ride home, like the one there, was surprisingly swift. At first it appeared we were in for a ridiculously long wait, but the ferries kept coming one after another. I had friends who drove and took the rail . . . the ferry was much quicker.

Posted by Kath | August 10, 2008 10:26 AM

Thanks for the great reviews from the second night. It looks like Radiohead played some interesting songs on their second set. I would have loved to see National Anthem and Green Plastic Trees!! You have to love that about a band like RH to play such a diverse set list. I had heard they have never repeated a set list in the same exact order? I read an article where they said early in their career they played backup to Cheryl Crow and she did the exact same set list for her world tour. They observed her band just going out of their minds halfway into the tour from boredom and lack of challenge. If I played in a band I too would want to change things around to make it interesting and challenging. Plus your fans love it!!

My question is does anyone know if Radiohead has ever played "Creep" live in the past say 5 years? That is amazing to me. Well not too amazing if you know Radiohead. They never play by the rules and do what is normal. However what would be cool once in a while is even if Thom Yorke came out at the end and instead of lets say "Cybal Rush" play Creep live on solo acoustic? Please share your thoughts on this question and comment. Thanks again to all of you who have posted their reviews. I went on Friday to APW and had a blast. I found all of your comments very interesting and pretty much spot on. Nothing is ever perfect but all in all I thought APW was a very well run fest considering it was the first one. The beer rules were ridiculus in my opinion. They must have had had their hands tied by the city of NYC don't you think? I'm sure if APW had it their way they would have had open beer stands all over the park. I mean at $7 bucks an 11 oz Bud who wouldn't want that sort of profit? However with unlimited beers brings out the risk of public drunkeness and unruly behavior for what was billed as a family all ages event. I mean on Friday I saw babies there in strollers!

Posted by Buck | August 10, 2008 12:36 PM

they did play Creep in 2006, no Creep and no Karma Police at either night kind of surprised me.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:47 PM

First off to "buck", the song is called Fake Plastic Trees for crying out loud. Thats the only mistake out of the dozens you have posted that I will correct and therefore will not comment anymore. And yes they have played Creep.

Anyway I went saturday. Not impressed.. and I had REALLY low expectations. I came to see radiohead and but was hoping in the back of my mind that the festi would turn out to be ok anyway, but it wasn't. The only other standout besides Radiohead of course was the Roots. How they didn't play the main stage and Kings of Leon did is ridiculous to me. The Roots never are a let down and this was a pretty tight set on their part- mainly the first half.. I started wandering towards the main stage half way through to get a good spot for radiohead since they dumbasses who billed this concert put the second best band on almost overlapping radiohead at a different stage. I will never go to APW again not that I think it will make another year.
But I think we should all ban together and boycott the alcohol sales next time if there is one and if I actually go which i won't.
As far as the setlists go, sure i would have liked to see more songs that i was hoping for but they got a lot of the main ones I had on my mind. Fake Plastic Trees, Planet Telex, Airbag, Idioteque was a pretty sick closer. But the Stand-out of night 2 was without a doubt the Bends. SO much energy. I thought Kid A sounded interesting too but i'm not sure i liked it all too much. As for the In Rainbows stuff- well of course they played a bunch of it- this is a tour for IR. I agree with one of the previous posts that some of the songs sounded like filler. I don't know if he meant night one or two but i got that feeling in night two. I guess I just haven't really listened to it as much as I should. I just can't really get into In Rainbows THAT much. Don't get me wrong- its a decent effort. I think Radiohead has just set the bar so high after Kid A that anything else deemed experimental will never measure up. I think they should put an album out in the style of the Bends again- something that rocks out for old time sake. They are SUCH an amazing straight up rock band that people sometimes forget since their departure from the mainstream pop sound. And I believe you can be just as creative with rock as you can with experimental shit if you are the right band... AND of course RH is the right band. I feel like the old days bore Thom and Co. though and they have no desire to simplify themselves again. I understand that feeling. Maybe they just need to blow everyones minds and put out a country album or a hardcore gangsta rap album next...

Posted by Matthew Glosser | August 10, 2008 1:32 PM

"Oh yeah my favorite comment by Thom Yorke last night was...Wake up Jonny on one of their songs...I thought it came off sorta rude..."

not rude, just familiar - they've been playing together for close to 2 decades.


"I love his trance dancing however. Worth the price of admission by itself."

i know, so fun.


"Ed O'Brien is just sort of there playing the guitar."

you didn't see him up close. he is so into it (as they all are) and he rocks out guitar-hero-style (in the best way) - you just can't see it from far away.

they are all very intense in their own way.
amazing.

Posted by anonymous11 | August 10, 2008 2:19 PM

omg...I was just thinking while I was mowing the grass I said Green Plastic Trees instead of Fake Plastic Trees. I appologize to these boards. I guess I was thinking of the website greenplastic.com that features Radiohead. My bad...

Also I am amazed on how nobody ever comments on Phil Selway's Drumming. He is amazing..Also I find the Greenwood's stage presence as shy in some respects. Colin faces Phil in the back for most of the show and Jonny although an amazing guitar player never looks up, smiles or acknowleges the audiance. I guess that is just his style. Thom is Radiohead with his trance dancing. The only one who really has any stage presence. However Thom is man of a few words. I think it wasn't until the third song did he say "Thank you". Don't get me wrong I love, love radiohead but I just find this pecular and worth mentioning

Posted by Buck | August 10, 2008 2:40 PM

To Glosser,

Good points on how experimental RH has become. I on the hand love In Rainbows and think it could be their crwoning jewel of a CD ever. In fact I like CD #2 better than CD #1 on In Rainbows which is typical Radiohead style. Lets put our best material on the CD that gets bundled into the box set...LOL Kid A was too out there for me almost as bad as Thom Yorke's solo CD which was so bad I can't even listen to it. Yeah there are a few moments on his solo project but I have a hard time listening to it from start to finish. I liked the OK Computer era of Radiohead or the Bends. However I know that RH is a different type of band than most. Even though that was their most commercial time they want to keep evolving and never become that type of band like an Aerosmith who finds their one sound and make 25 CDs in that style. They forego extreme success to be that experimental band that appeals to a strong cult following. For me I love it. However it always amazes me when I mention Radiohead to people and they don't have a clue who they are....That is wild...

Posted by Buck | August 10, 2008 2:55 PM

What I don't get about Radiohead is Jonny's stupid haircut. When will he finally get a decent cut?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 3:02 PM

I dont think their drummer is good, just average. more like mr. invisible, like any guy who played on 88 drummers could probably fill that role and you wouldnt notice.

btw love RH, so dont kill me, just expressing my honest opinion on this. and jonny's haircut rocks, I wear mine the same way!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 3:13 PM

I agree, Phil Selway's drumming is good, but nothing special. I think Colin's bass playing is what's underappreciated. Don't think Jonny's guitar playing is all that.

Speaking of bass players, the bass tone for KoL sucked. The sound was obviously setup for Radiohead, and didn't fit the the guy's pick use.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 3:17 PM

phil is the weak link in that band. dynamically, he could be doing so much more to enhance their sound (i kept wanting him to just wail on the cymbals for that "all i need" outro).

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 4:24 PM

Went on Friday to see Girl Talk and Radiohead.
Grounds were fairly empty; had no trouble getting a good spot for Radiohead's set; was thrilled to see them play for more than two hours.

Only thing: any guesses as to why they didn't play any songs from IN RAINBOWS Disc 2? Some amazing material on there...not festival friendly...? Don't think that's true at all though.

Posted by LJA | August 10, 2008 5:16 PM

@Shenanigans Padunkadunk
RE: Robert Thurman

---

I was _one_ "asshole" who complained about "the esteemed" Robert Thurman. WHY?

Because as a 31 year old working professional who has been an active Tibetan Buddhist for the last 12 years and has followed the Tibetan struggle that whole time, I found his opening comment both personally offensive and revealing of what I can only assume is his true feeling. To quote, he said (after being introduced as a Columbia prof.):

"Is there anybody from Columbia here? (I doubt it)".

He _muttered_ "I doubt it" and if you weren't in the first six rows like I was, you wouldn't have heard it. The inference is obvious: that the whole crowd was beneath him. The tone of his lecture completely re-inforced his initial comment. It wasn't discourse, it was a party-gift wrapped in condescesion. And it was insulting. I would have loved nothing more than to be invited on stage.

ANd before you spout: I know who he is. The Dalai Lama's interpreter, a famous author... I don't care.

Posted by John | August 10, 2008 5:54 PM

PS without Johnny there is no Radiohead. Period point blank. His haircut is just fine.

Posted by John | August 10, 2008 5:56 PM

Who were the djs after Radiohead performed on Friday?

Posted by Jessica | August 10, 2008 8:43 PM

I love Jonny's haircut. I love the fact that it hangs in his eyes and he can't see with a sh*t. It is very cool. I use to think Colen Greenwood had a great haircut until he cut it. Check out early Radiohead and see for yourself. I agree Phil Selway the drummer of Radiohead is not a stand out drummer like the drummer in the band Muse but he does what is expected of him. I love the fact that he decided his to shave hair to go the bald look. It was awkward there for awhile when he was doing the comb over. Is anyone going to Newark, NJ on Monday or to the Boston area on Wednesday to see Radiohyead? I would in a heartbeat but I have to work.

Posted by Buck | August 10, 2008 9:04 PM

Are you talking about the DJ's on the side area? That was a throwdown, i would be curious to know who that guy was also.. he was honestly spinning nice mixes for about 45 min until it started to get weak.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 9:13 PM

I don't understand why everyone is complaining about the high price of APW? I mean just look online for tickets to see Radiohead in Newark on Monday night or in Boston on Wednesday night!! Tickets are at least $90 to $5,000 for up front seats!! During those shows you only see the lame backup band (If there is one) and Radiohead for like 3 hours. I didn't think the $89 dollar price tag for a full day of music to be that bad? I mean I got to APW at 12:00 noon on Friday and didn't leave until 10:45pm Friday night. That is over 10 hours of music!! When you do the math and figure out your entertainment hourly rate that is only like $8.50 per hour!! When you look at the stand alone Radiohead shows the hourly rate skyrockets!!! Also when you go to a feast you have a chance to see them upfront and close. On Friday I got to stand in approx. the 15th row. Closer than anyone could ever afford if you paid scalpers rates for either Newark or Boston the next few days. Also when you go to APW you have a chance to see bands you never saw before. I went on Friday and saw Duffy, Love Saves the Day, Adrien, CSS and others.

Posted by Buck | August 10, 2008 9:13 PM

Does anyone know what APW pays a band like Radiohead for their appearance at APW? I mean if you do the math the event made $2 million on Friday plus consessions and $3 million plus consessions on Saturday and Radiohead was the headliners. I'm guessing at $200,000 for two days? Also does anyone know where Radiohead stayed on Friday night? I'm guessing they stayed in NYC at some fancy hotel.

What does Radiohead do on there day off? Like tonight they are not playing but need to get to Newark on Monday night. Do they hang out in NYC? Do they go see Jack Johnson play? Do they just chill out and sleep? It must be a burden being on the road away from their families. I know it sounds glamorous but it must get tedious being on the road for like 6 months at a crack.

Posted by Buck | August 10, 2008 9:24 PM

Wrong side of the state, 9:04/9:13...Radiohead are playing Camden tomorrow night, not Newark.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 9:28 PM

Does anyone know what APW pays a band like Radiohead for their appearance at APW? I mean if you do the math the event made $2 million on Friday plus consessions and $3 million plus consessions on Saturday and Radiohead was the headliners. I'm guessing at $200,000 for two days? Also does anyone know where Radiohead stayed on Friday night? I'm guessing they stayed in NYC at some fancy hotel.

What does Radiohead do on there day off? Like tonight they are not playing but need to get to Newark on Monday night. Do they hang out in NYC? Do they go see Jack Johnson play? Do they just chill out and sleep? It must be a burden being on the road away from their families. I know it sounds glamorous but it must get tedious being on the road for like 6 months at a crack.

Posted by Buck | August 10, 2008 9:34 PM

I will be curious on who went to see Jack Johnson tonight thought of the concert? I couldn't imagine seeing Jack Johnson until like 10:45pm and then getting back to the gold coast of Connecticut on a work night. On Friday the APW show ended at about 10:45pm and I walked into my home in Connecticut at 2:45am on Saturday morning. Fortuniatly I was able to sleep in on Saturday. Tonight is a work night for most everyone. That has to suck getting in that late from the Ferry or Light Rail and having to get up at 6:30am to go to work!! Jack Johnson better be worth the effort of losing that much sleep!! Of course if you are still in College life is great!! I don't blame you for seeing Jack if that is the case. If you can chill out on Monday knock yourself out!! Party on!!

Posted by Buck | August 10, 2008 9:40 PM

My bad again...Radiohead is in picturesque Camden on Monday night. I don't why I was mistaken on beautiful Newark, NJ? My applogies.

Posted by Buck | August 10, 2008 9:44 PM

Radiohead were most definitely not paid $200k. I would be shocked if they got a penny under $1 million.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:00 PM

No way did Radiohead get paid a million dollars.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 12:03 AM

Radiohead earn anywhere from £200.000 to £500.000 per performance, with the higher rates coming from festivals.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 12:14 AM

you can also use prettypolly.com if you're interested in the pay bands receive per show

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 12:49 AM

Radiohead was the only reason anyone gave a shit about APW. It was their only NY/NJ appearance and the people who booked them aren't hurting for cash. And they got paid for it twice.

That's a million dollars in Thom's pocket. Easy.

Posted by maitai | August 11, 2008 12:55 AM

Just adding my two cents. Radiohead were incredible, tight, sounded great, beautfiul night, just flawless as always! Underworld were unreal,anyone who missed them missed one of the best bands in the world! Didn't read a lot of love for Michael Franti, thought he was great!

As for Girl Talk, come on, it's just 'Paul's Boutique' with a laptop and no rapping. SO overrated!

As a 38 year old father of two who doesn't get out that much, I actually thought the five beer limit was a great idea, cuts down on the drunken knuckleahds that can ruin a show! That said, $9 for a beer, that's highway robbery! Ditto for the food!

All in all a good pretty well run show with some great bands. Would take a headliner of Radiohead's stature to make me return again next year, but I had a good time, and Radiohead was flawless!

Posted by Brian | August 11, 2008 9:51 AM

Thanks for the great pics and I love BV for all the honest venting.

Radiohead was amazing (as expected).

APW is an overpriced mess and without Radiohead to bail them out there is little to no chance I'd ever go back.

The VIP tix were BULLSHIT!!!

Posted by BTW | August 11, 2008 9:55 AM

Everything was awesome. CSS really surprised me, they were so amazing live. I also enjoyed the Go Team early on.

And of course, Radiohead was great! Despite what some people said, I think they played a very tight show. Their lights were beautiful.

I just hated the walk from the park to the lite rail, that was brutal.

Posted by Alexis | August 11, 2008 10:08 AM

thanks for posting the pics & set lists for both nights - the shots are gorgeous! :)

Posted by emily | August 11, 2008 1:49 PM

To the people criticizing beer drinkers instead of the organizers for the ridiculous beer arrangement:

I'm glad you weren't hanging out with friends who wanted to drink. I wasn't drinking, but my friends were, so my choices were hang out at the frat party or hang out by myself. I guess it's my fault for having friends who drink. Why don't all go see some Christian rock and shut the hell up?

I also would have liked to meet up with them later, but with there being barely any cell sevice, I didn't want to take the chance of splitting up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 2:37 PM

Some numbwad said Radiohead was too heavy on "in Rainbows", uhm HELLLOOOO? What the hell did you expect? Cut an album, go on tour, play said albums songs to memoralize them...DUH!! What rock did that person crawl from under to not know this about ANY concert, band, musician! There are some real winners out there, I mean the fact is all the new Radiohead songs FROM "In Rainbows" have even more meaning! It's the same nimbnuts who didn't get the whole "Bob Thurman and Tibet" thing, I can't get over how people can say they give a crap about Tibet, Robert Thurman, anti war sentiments and then say they LOVE Radiohead!

Posted by Shenanigans Padunkadunk | August 11, 2008 3:12 PM

Does anyone know what the music they were playing on the PA before Radiohead went on was? (Friday night.) It was dubstep. At least, I think that's what they call it. As much as I like electronic music, I've never been good at distinguishing most of the myriad genres' apart.

Anyway, it was minimal, very bass heavy and had dub-like rhythms and effects. People seemed to get excited when the echoes and reverb became so heavy that it sounded like a wave washing over the song. I thought it was kind of strange that some many people were into it, unless they were just cheering because they thought it meant the song was over and Radiohead was coming on.

Whatever, makes no difference, I was into, but I couldn't recognize it. Sounded kind of like Pub to me, but then went home and listened to some Pub and it sounded totally different. Help!

Posted by Aaron | August 11, 2008 5:23 PM

grizzley bear was the best, someday hopefully they'll be the headliner

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 5:46 PM

Lowry.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 7:08 PM

Ah, sorry, the music I'm looking for is definitely not called "dubstep".

It would best be described as microhouse or minimal techno. It sounded like something from the Chain Reaction record label, like Pub, Vladislav Delay, Porter Ricks or Monolake.

Posted by Aaron | August 11, 2008 8:51 PM

I used to hate 'Idioteque' but it's now one of my favorite RH songs - I love when Thom just goes off dancing. Calling those two nights epic is certainly not being liberal with hyperbole. It just doesn't get any better than that. And stop complaining about the beer rules, lines for trains and ferries, food and bathroom...for a 1st time event, this one was run fairly smooth.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 10:03 PM

There was nothing smooth about this event. This festival was ridiculous. If this festival continues I'll only go again if a band the caliber of Radiohead plays. APW was one of the worst festivals I have ever been to (I would say the worst if it were not for Field Day, AkA Failed Day). ...Another Phailed Weekend...

Both nights Radiohead were amazing though...

Posted by sj | August 12, 2008 9:48 AM

I got blown on the light rail. Yeah dude!

Posted by Bobby Zimmerman | August 12, 2008 5:54 PM

perfect 2 nights, what a band, i love them dearly!!!

Posted by Vader17 | August 15, 2008 9:22 AM

i blew some guy on the light rail.

Posted by tracy the tranny | August 15, 2008 9:33 AM

Underworld and Raidiohead were great. This was my first Raidohead concert and I never realized how pushy and obnoxious Radiohead fans are. I've never been to a concert were I've been pushed, shoved and threatened as this show. I'm glad no one payed too much attention to that idiot, Robert Thurman, screaming about Tibet. The free-Tibet campaign is so full of misinformation. Skeptoid did an episode (#111) about Tibet that puts some facts and common sense into the issue. People should listen to it.
http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4111

Posted by joe | August 15, 2008 10:34 AM

incredible festival....radiohead reigns supreme and i dare you to have more fun then at a girl talk show..fuck the 7 dollar beer we snuck nips in and poured them into smoothies and lemonade.....favorite moment...when the light tubes turned into a slow rain during the "rain down" segment of the masterpiece that is paranoid android.


well played all points west....see you next summer.


Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2008 2:02 AM

John you're full of shit!

Posted by Shenanigans Padunkadunk | August 19, 2008 12:48 PM

THE BEER THING WAS AWFULL BUT A COUPLE OF JOINTS WAS THE SOLUTION...! :p

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2008 12:39 PM

Your photos are amazing. I was one of the lucky people who got to see this show and many other shows throughout the entire festival. What a great experience. One thing I notice that's missing in all these comments is anything about Andrew Bird. Perhaps many of you did not get the privilege of seeing him and his band, but they were excellent. Besides the Friday Radiohead show, I will put out there that Andrew Bird was my second favorite show. It's just too bad he and Girl Talk overlapped each other because the end of the GT show was phenomenal. Wishing I could go next year...

Posted by Mandy from Indiana | August 22, 2008 8:45 AM

"Your photos are amazing. I was one of the lucky people who got to see this show and many other shows throughout the entire festival. What a great experience. One thing I notice that's missing in all these comments is anything about Andrew Bird. Perhaps many of you did not get the privilege of seeing him and his band, but they were excellent. Besides the Friday Radiohead show, I will put out there that Andrew Bird was my second favorite show. It's just too bad he and Girl Talk overlapped each other because the end of the GT show was phenomenal. Wishing I could go next year..."

you are a nerd

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 9:06 AM

WOW. I have been to allot of shows in my time including the likes of TOOL, QUATSA, SMASHING PUMPKINS,whatever the list goes on and I can easily say that even though my tastes are a little more heavy than RADIOHEAD inlcuding SUICIDAL TENDENCIES I have never seen a better show in my life of more than a hundred top bills! It is also worth adding I have a tattoo from Thom Yorks schetches on the BENDS inside cover of the chicken exiting the egg on my outside right calf that I got when I was 32. Sheeples think I drew it and I am not a ???"starfucker" all I am saying is there was a reason I got years ago and after seeing them in Vancouver I REALIZED WHY!!!!!! Unreal! 4 guys do that shit live in the rain. My band mates and I joked about selling our shit and getting day jobs after seeing that! GOOD WORK BOYS! Needless to say where not quiting the rock. see you all soon!
Drummer "morgan" dirtfella

Posted by dirtfella | August 24, 2008 2:32 AM

thank you a lot's man

Posted by منتديات | February 22, 2011 5:37 AM

Great post BAO! Radiohead are one of my favourite bands. OK Computer in 1997 was the definitive album from them IMO!:D

Posted by Ryan | March 1, 2011 10:51 PM

thank you a lot's man

Posted by كازنوفا | March 2, 2011 4:39 PM

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