Posted in music | pictures on August 10, 2008

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford, words by Nick Masi

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead headlined the first two nights of the three day All Points West festival at Liberty State Park in New Jersey this weekend (8/8 & 8/9). Of course, they did not disappoint. The band was on point as they tapped into their entire catalog and delivered a beautiful light show. Each night had its own feel. The first night was not as crowded, so the sight lines seemed clearer, and getting closer to the stage wasn't as hard. On the second night the sold out crowd packed the park, making it more difficult to stake out a spot near the stage. Oddly enough, the second night also had the more respectful crowd (at least where I was). During songs like "No Surprises" and "Videotape," the mass of people was shockingly silent. The setlists varied nicely too. Highlights for night one were "Cymbal Rush," "Just" and "Climbing Up The Walls," while the second night had "The Bends," "Kid A" and "Planet Telex." I was hoping for "True Love Waits," but that didn't happen. Maybe next time.

Thom dedicated "Everything In Its Right Place" to opener Underworld the first night and "Airbag" to opener Kings of Leon ("If we we were as good looking as them, we'd be famous") on the second. Each set consisted of 25 songs and lasted about 2 hours and 15 minutes! I don't know what else to say about a Radiohead show that hasn't been said before. I've never been let down by a Radiohead performance and that goes for both nights at APW as well.

More pictures and the setlist from night two below...

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW

Radiohead @ APW


Night one's setlist and pics are HERE.

Radiohead - APW Night Two Setist (8/9/08):
01. Reckoner
02. 15 Step
03. The National Anthem
04. Kid A
05. All I Need
06. Nude
07. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
08. Where I End And You Begin
09. The Gloaming
10. Faust Arp
11. No Surprises
12. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
13. The Bends
14. Bangers and Mash
15. Everything In Its Right Place
16. Exit Music (For A Film)
17. Bodysnatchers

Encore 1
18. Pyramid Song
19. Videotape
20. Airbag
21. Fake Plastic Trees
22. There There

Encore 2
23. House of Cards
24. Planet Telex
25. Idioteque

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Comments (284)

sooooo goooood

Posted by pippi | August 10, 2008 2:37 AM

When I saw them in Chicago at Grant Park in 2001 I got lucky enough to hear "True Love Waits". Shit was fucking magic, though the show at Stone Mountain outside ATL two nights previous was much more accessible.

Posted by Rufus J Squirrel | August 10, 2008 2:39 AM

poop

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

kid a was a great surprise.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:58 AM

don't get me wrong, i love radiohead (a lot, i have all their albums & b-sides). but field day festival (the aborted camping fest turned 1-day event in giant's stadium) & the msg show a few years back both had more of a magic to them...the potential was endless for the apw shows & they delivered something good but not great...how often do they play nyc? oh...almost never...would have been nice if they did something a bit more poignant than showcasing their latest album... (and yes i know everyone will jump on me for posting this!) but someone has to agree....

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

amazing show....some suggestions for people going on sunday:

1) don't lose track of your friends. if you lose them, it will be very hard to find them again
2) take the light rail! we took the ferry on the way there, which was easy enough, but there were thousands of people ahead of us to take the ferry on the ride home, and we ended up walking to find the train somehow and taking it back to manhattan within 90 minutes.
3) get a beer bracelet right when you get there!
4) the lines for the toilets are very long, except at a hidden collection of 10 or so near the second stage.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 3:12 AM

just gonna be a naysayer and say I'm glad I was at the grizzly bear show tonight. they fucking killed and the crowd was WAY more enegeric and nutso than the RH crowd at APW on fri n ight

that said I still love raidohead more than anyone
just saying


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Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 3:21 AM

"2) take the light rail! "

I was the one telling people all day about the light rail. I was wrong. Total nightmare coming back. Everyone lined up and it took forever just to get on the train (you can imagine how crowded it got). That said, the festival was a great time. Got there early, so I got to see really solid sets from Nicole Atkins and Metric before the crowds came. Needless to say, Radiohead was transcendent. Great night - I hope they do this again next year.
But the "5 beer" wristband thing has to go. (To those going tomorrow - use Purell).

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 3:34 AM

Skip the light rail and walk right to Grove Street PATH station. Getting on the light rail to Exchange Place on Friday was a DISASTER. We're talking choppering out of Saigon level shitshow. The walk to Grove Street is slightly longer than the walk to light rail but there are zero crowds to contend with. Follow the sign to Jersey City (where the road forks and most of the sheep keep walking straight), cross the footbridge and follow the crowd. I left the grounds at 11 tonight and was back in the East Village by midnight as compared to 1:30 Friday!

Posted by Billy | August 10, 2008 3:40 AM

And yeah, ditch the wretched beer policy next year (if there is one). PLEASE.

Idioteque will be stuck in my head for a week.

Posted by Billy | August 10, 2008 3:43 AM

Friday night was pretty quiet and respectful from where I was standing. I was kind of interested in hearing I Might Be Wrong, but I suppose that will have to wait for another day. I was definitely not disappointed, but they could have spread out some of the headliners so they didn't overlap each other so much. I skipped Andrew Bird altogether because I was too consumed with Girl Talk to bother.

Posted by Jennson | August 10, 2008 7:45 AM


re: the 5 beer limit/beer garden

liberty state park is a state park. no alcohol consumption allowed. from the park's website: "Alcoholic beverages of any sort are forbidden." the beer garden and drink limit was probably the concession the organizers had to make to the state in order to be able to sell any alcohol at all. so live with it, we were lucky to get anything at all. iirc, the radiohead shows in 2001 were completely dry.

Posted by voce | August 10, 2008 8:11 AM

at $7-$9 per beer, we weren't even considering getting wristbands. furthermore, if you wanted a spot near radiohead, you had to know that it was an endurance contest that required stocking up on water and holding in your piss until after the show. radiohead was phenomenal both nights, it's worth the dull ache in my back and feet this morning. no complaints about the setlists, they covered almost everything you could ask for. from the entirety of both shows, i was most pleased with climbing up the walls, kid a, where i end and you begin, how to disappear completely, and the first two songs from the bends.
least pleased with the drunken teenage assholes who pushed up front and felt they should be the focal point of the show and who did every obnoxious thing they could think of to draw the attention of the surrounding crowd to themselves. this was saturday, the more crowded day. aside from them the crowd was great, and even they could not tarnish radiohead's fantastic and varied set on saturday night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 8:20 AM

I came both nights from Princeton--the first night I took NJ Transit to Newark Penn, then the PATH to Exchange Place, then the light rail to the park. Getting there was no problem, but getting home took FOUR HOURS. Last night I decided to drive. An EXTREMELY nice Jersey City cop let me park in an illegal spot very, very close to the park and said he'd watch my car for me all night. We were right on the other side of the footbridge and were able to shave two hours and fifteen minutes off our return time thanks to this cop's being a decent human being (maybe a Radiohead fan?)

Fri I didn't even try the wristband thing, yesterday I did and it was basically not worth it. Long, long lines to get your ID checked, to get a drink, and to pee that drink away. Next time I am DEFINITELY bringing some weed, a much better option (and one which many, many people had evidently prepared for!)

The setlists killed both nights. Really had to see both shows to get the full effect of their massively strong back catalog. Most respectful NY crowds I have ever seen, almost nobody talking or texting during the shows, everybody enraptured.

This was my fourth and fifth time seeing them and I do not think Radiohead could be more impressive if they rose from the dead.

Posted by Deb | August 10, 2008 8:47 AM

Wonderful set, even without Karma Police

Posted by liveon35mm.com | August 10, 2008 8:53 AM

"This was my fourth and fifth time seeing them and I do not think Radiohead could be more impressive if they rose from the dead."

yeah cause then they would have to die, and we all know at minimum johnny and thom are not human, so they cant die.

but yeah both sets were amazing, seeing both only made it better, and i completely disagree with the guy saying it was them trying to show off in rainbows, it as quite clear it played less of a role night 2, and not to mention who cares its the in rainbows tour its the newest material let them play it. i loved ending the first set in night one with how to disappear completely, amazing, just was also a nice surprise, but not nearly as much as cymbal rush. night 2 was full of great things, i was really pumped to see bangers and faust. the songs i wish were present but werent would have been 2+2=5, down is the new up( preferably in the solo format as cymbal was), and obviously karma police, oh well though, i can never complain about a single second about the fact i saw radiohead for a collective 4 and half hours.

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

im glad i didnt go yesterday. they didnt play 2+2=5. did anyone catch chromeo?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 9:12 AM

No and that's because Chromeo sucks balls. What a stupid name too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 9:32 AM

I'm glad you didn't go yesterday, too. chromeo was great.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 9:35 AM

Chromeo sucked, radiohead killed every other act that day, most amazing show ive ever seen

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 9:42 AM

absolutely spectacular saturday night. the light show was unbelievable, especially when they broke out the rainbow-spectrum madness for planet telex. i was also surprised at how respectful people were during the quiet songs -- i think a product of radiohead's ability to enrapture an audience. the 40-year-old former meat heads next to me started the show high-fiving and vigorously fist-pumping to every song (we're talking non-stop machine gun style fist pump, for at least 15 minutes straight), but by exit music they were completely silent with jaws dropped.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 9:43 AM

fall back, 942. the roots played the best set yesterday.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 9:59 AM

Saturday was basically a Radiohead concert. There was no festival. Everything else was half-assed.

Take the other ferry from North Cove (BPC). Less than half the price as the other ferry and much shorter lines.

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

Learned our lesson from Fri night. After Idioteque we ran like lunatics to the ferry line. Home (upper west side) before 12:30.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 10:04 AM

Kings Of Leon's new single, 'Sex On Fire'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYUW14ze5gU

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 10:15 AM

just really really phenomenal set and performance. the lights were amazing. the band was fantastic. i was blown away. idioteque was my dream encore and i got it!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 10:20 AM

If you have a car, here's what I did and it worked out GREAT. The cop I talked to was impressed w/the plan.

Drive to Bayonne, park in the daily spaces at the 34th St light rail station. $3 for parking + $3.80 for rt ticket (which they aren't even checking for this wknd)

When the show ends, everyone will be piling onto the Hoboken-bound trains, you will be going the other direction on a practically empty train. 4 or 5 stops takes 10 minutes and you are back in your car.

The Holland Tunnel will be the most crowded back-to-the-city drive, but if you leave before the last set is over (SACRILIGIOUS, i know, but common sense w/all those people there) you will be OK

Posted by hipster replacement | August 10, 2008 10:35 AM

Much better energy and i was much closer for night 1 and with better people, so i kinda preferred night 1. I thought night ones setlists flowed much better the first encore was fantastic then he comes out with cymbal rush and jumps into just. Idioteque to Climbing and Paranoid to Dollars were particularly ama.zing

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 10:37 AM

ummm... Chromeo was out of hand good. Sounded awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 10:44 AM

not to brag, but got the VIP deal. Worth it! Whenever we got hot or tired, we just mosey'd into the air condition tent. My friend even took a nap for a sec on one of the couches.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 10:44 AM

If you have a car park in Jersey City worked great, the walk is not much longer than the light rail. If no car the path train in Jersey City was an easy walk to and no lines.

PS: not sure why but the bathrooms between the main and second stage weren't being used so there was no line while the other big bathroom area had a line.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 10:50 AM

my 10th RH show since. 2001. My gf passed out in the lights of Nat'l Anthem! Wow they killed it and epic! Well we did have some 420 right before.....

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 10:51 AM

Radiohead KILLED It both nights. The vibe was totally different, first night, more laid back and down tempo- saturday, super rock oriented and brilliant. Radiohead knew that the die-hards would go both nights so switched it up and hit all songs.

Posted by Christina | August 10, 2008 10:51 AM

That's a better setlist than on Friday (when I was there). Friday was somewhat disappointing - no National Anthem, no Airbag, no Fake Plastic Trees no Planet Telex. On the other hand they DID do Paranoid Android & Oprimistic on Friday and didn't do The Bends (thank god! the ONE Radiohead song I hate) Still, this sounds like a somewhat better selection than Friday - mainly 'cause of National Anthem. On the other hand the poster above saying night 1 was better makes me feel a lot better (thanks!) Can't complain, though, 'cause there was no band on Sat that could have been as pleasant a surprise as Underworld (awesome) and Duke Spirit . . . or was there? So I'm still glad I went Friday.

BTW, that Bayonne parking idea mentioned above is brilliant; I wish I'd have thought of that Friday . . . we took light rail out & walk to Grove Street going back and it wasn't bad.

Posted by JasonNYC | August 10, 2008 11:04 AM

oh man, I really really wanted to go but was turned off by the high ticket prices, the time/energy involved in getting to and from the venue and my desire to avoid guido/meatheads. but am kicking myself now after reading these comments. Does anyone think Radiohead will come back to NY? probably in a few years, but who can wait that long? ahhhh.

Posted by ohman | August 10, 2008 11:06 AM

Anybody want to buy tickets for today? I am selling 2 for $200.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:07 AM

I don't know how you can watch last night's show and not feel completely honored/privileged to be experiencing first hand a band of that magnitude in their prime. 2 hours and 15 minutes of absolute inspiration...Thom could be the greatest ARTIST of our time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:09 AM

animal collective was the set of the day. Nothing like paying all that loot to hear a bunch of drunk fucks around you one up their falcetto over thom yorke.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:11 AM

The set was more like 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:11 AM

Sounds like 10:51 comment (Christina) hit the nail on the head. I guess they DID have to make it interesting for people going both nights. I just wish they'd done the rocking show on Friday when I was there! oh well - still great!

Posted by JasonNYC | August 10, 2008 11:14 AM


What was up with all the lines. It was just one line after the other. RH is killer and always will be but lets be real this was not a festival. Also what was the problem with the sound during the kings show they sound like they were playing from across the water.

Here is the rundown

40 min walk to grounds
hour and a half wait to get in
2 hour wait for ID check
hour and half wait for beer
at least 1 hour for bathroom
4 hours to get out

All this equals RH rules and GV blows bottom line

Posted by Skizzyd | August 10, 2008 11:17 AM

Walk to the Grove Street PATH stop! No joke. It's about a 30 minute walk and not crowded and you cut the light rail out of the equation. Sooooooooo easy.

Posted by Tito | August 10, 2008 11:28 AM

I was the person who sort of ripped them for night one for the bad tempo. While this one was still not as good Bonnaroo, it was markedly better than night 1, like BV those moments of silence that lasted what 1 or 2 minutes, I mean 30 or 40 thousand people in total silence was shiver inducing. You could see people in the audience crying during some songs. Anyway everything bv said is pretty much right on the money I friday i got there at seven and got the rail, this time i got there just as Animal Collective(ac= I thought once again very weak show, they pale in comparison to RH, and at this point I dont know what the hell they are doing with that 3 man line-up) was starting and got to about 20 person in from the rail, not too many people got further than that.

few point- watch that you dont get busted right at the gate, since police are right inside the gates and they were checking bags, guy in front of me they took out some pills in a plastic bag from his back pack and said what the hell is this (looked to me like Tylenol) and they took him aside for questioning. I dont know what happened but i hope nothing serious, but you guys take note- put it in your shoe or pants, dont be stupid thinking you cannot be busted.

Other than that I found NJ State Police was much more respectful or kind if that is the right word than NYPD. they actually gave directions and were helpful and didnt have that "im just waiting to fuck you up" attitude of NYPD.

Lastly- if you are one of the people walking to Jersey City, right after you pass the footbridge, there is another ligh rail station that no one seemed to know about so i went there and hopped the train when it came in for a stop (this was probably possible only because very few people realized you could grab the train there) but now you know...

also i figured they wont be checking tickets since trains are packed, and lot of people were hopping on without tickets so your chances of being fined are I think very small.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:32 AM

Now I remember why I stopped going to festivals about 4 years ago!

It's just not worth it. Long lines for everything, high prices for everything, over-policing...

The lineup was not very impressive either. My big pull was Radiohead, although I wanted to see the Feliz Bros but missed them due to the ridiculous line to get in to the festival caused by over-searching and not enough people working the gates. I wanted to see the Roots, but saw Kings of Leon instead basically because I wanted to stake out a somewhat descent spot for Radiohead. Kings of Leon did not impress me at all.

So, everthing was riding on Radiohead for me, and then I got f'd by the sound system. I'm not sure if it was just the area I was in (right of center about 100 feet behind the sound booth), but the volume was far too low most of the time with these occasional moments when it would swell up then die down again - and it wasn't the band causing these dynamics.

I ended up leaving before the first encore because I didn't want to get screwed at the line for the light rail. I think my favorite part of the day was my fast ride home back to Brooklyn.

Do I sound a bit bitter?

Posted by Neil | August 10, 2008 11:35 AM

btw- "strike force" security the name was very appropriate, dudes had worse attituted than the police, at every turn it was dont do this or that, at one point the guy told us not to sit on the ground. no joke.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:38 AM

I love how Radiohead are doing everything they can to make their tours as eco-friendly as possible...and then someone goes and opens a huge air conditioned tent in the VIP area. Nice move.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:39 AM

Oh, I forgot to mention that the volume was plenty loud for Animal Collective. I had to flee as far away as I could from that horrible din they were creating.

Posted by Neil | August 10, 2008 11:39 AM

I had the brilliant Bayonne parking idea too, and coming from Staten Island it worked out great getting to the show. Unfortunately the plan broke down at night after (a) we couldn't fit on the first Bayonne-bound train that pulled up; (b) two "out of service" southbound trains passed by; (c) one Bayonne-bound train with plenty of room passed by without stopping. A Light Rail employee told us that we had to get on a Hoboken-bound train (along with everyone else), get off at the next stop (Jersey Ave), then catch the southbound train at that stop, as Bayonne-bound trains were no longer stopping at Liberty State Park. Of course, once we did this and got back to where we started at the Liberty State Park station, the train stopped and let passengers on.

Basically, we got punk'd by Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. There were plenty of cops at the station, but obviously there was some serious disorganization and misinformation.

That said, I enjoyed Nicole Atkins's set, and the Roots put on a great show. Their lineup's changed a bunch since I saw them in '99 and '03, but they still know how to play to a crowd. Black Thought certainly isn't the best MC around, but they're serious entertainers, and their guitarist is insane.

Radiohead was fantastic.

Posted by gumvandal | August 10, 2008 11:42 AM

Cunts-a-poppin'

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:44 AM

AWESOME SHOW.....I left after the first encore and missed "Idioteque". Sadness!!! However, I took the light rail to the path to the 2 train to the N train to the R train and got to the last stop in Bay Ridge at 12 midnight :)

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:46 AM

Kings of Leon reminded me of Creed. This is just not my type of music and I would never go to one of their concerts willingly. However like 11;35 said we had no choice and basically had to stick it in our pretty good spots. Would have much rather watched the Roots, obviously.

and its true about the big mass humanity at the gates, took me half hour to get in at 4:30, made it in just as AC was starting

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:47 AM

i used the Westside Ave. light rail station in jersey city. Only had to pay 2 bucks for parking and no one was on the train back

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:51 AM

Kings of Leon reminded me why they were good 5 years ago!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:53 AM

Does anyone know what AC opened with, I also got caught in the huge entrance line and missed the first song. Thanks.

Posted by stillwaiting | August 10, 2008 11:54 AM

11 35: it was just your spot. i was on the barricade, and the sound was beautiful. the only thing that got me for the other bands was the bass was incredibly loud, but that was because i was so close i assumed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:55 AM

i thought the security was great! they were really nice up front and gave everyone free water and were really cool to talk to.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:58 AM

APW is stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:01 PM

animal collective owned them

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:08 PM

Fuck Radiohead...how was MEHtric?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:09 PM

they were probably worried about people passing out. some dude right in back of us passed out about 5 minutes before RH came on and got taken out over the rail. poor guy, waited there all day just to miss the show.

skipped metric because the sucked it at coachella so didnt need to see them again

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:18 PM

best performance of the day was THE ROOTS. seriously.

they did a 15+ minute jam out of "you got me" complete with a scat solo, as well as bass and guitar solos (the guitaist, by the way, was absolutely sick...he really conjured some oldschool blues with a touch of hendrix), and they even injected part of a zeppelin song into the prolonged jam, before bringing it around to finish the song. highly impressive, very talented dude, a performance that will stick with me for quite a long time...

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:20 PM

totally worth every penny of the $30 i paid to get in

Posted by spherical | August 10, 2008 12:22 PM

so, how was The Stooges show, you idiots?

Radiohead is #1. Epic.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:25 PM

APW as an event overall was not that stellar. I agree, long lines - no beer (unless you want to be corraled into a crowded beer garden). Radiohead was phenomenal. No complaints on sounds, in fact - it was pretty stellar if not mind-blowing. Must have been an issue with where you were standing.

Radiohead - All Points West, 8-9-08:
01. Reckoner
02. 15 Step
03. The National Anthem
04. Kid A
05. All I Need
06. Nude
07. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
08. Where I End And You Begin
09. The Gloaming
10. Faust Arp
11. No Surprises
12. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
13. The Bends
14. Bangers and Mash
15. Everything In Its Right Place
16. Exit Music (For A Film)
17. Bodysnatchers

Encore 1
18. Pyramid Song
19. Videotape
20. Airbag
21. Fake Plastic Trees
22. There There

Encore 2
23. House of Cards
24. Planet Telex
25. Idioteque

Posted by simps | August 10, 2008 12:25 PM

maybe it was the mushrooms, but planet telex was AMAZING

Posted by bots | August 10, 2008 12:26 PM

My girlfriend and I had an awesome time yesterday. Best Radiohead show Ive ever seen and Ive seen every show they have played in NYC including the 2001 at the park. Lines were a bitch and the 5 drink thing is a bummer, but watching Radiohead perform at that beautiful park makes everything worthwhile.

I took the ferry both ways and the lines were long, but they moved fast. Might have to check out some of these suggestions on the light rail next time to mix it up, but Id take the ferry again. Maybe light rail one way and ferry back.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:28 PM

"Nothing like paying all that loot to hear a bunch of drunk fucks around you one up their falcetto over thom yorke."

yeah, that's going to happen sometimes. here's a suggestion: move positions. if something is bothering you and you move, then it won't bother you anymore. i did that to avoid a loud talker and it worked! i enjoyed the concert instead of being distracted. just a tip.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:30 PM

radiohead were brilliant.
first time seeing them (at long last).
the energy, the sound, the lights...

epic.

the most amazing part being they made the nightmare that was getting home from apw worth dealing with.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:33 PM

Radiohead were great but the festival was extremely bad organized. We waited for hours right next to the sound booth at the main stage and right after the first song ended five asshole VIP kids decided to stand on top of a box that wasn't even supposed to be for people to be at. People threw everything at them but the security guards only said "they knew the band". I wonder if Thom and co. would have laughed at that. it was unfair to people who waited there patienty.

The ride back home was a anightmare, they never planned on how to move all those people out of JC quickly. As one person above said, drive and park somwhere nearby or you will be waiting until past 1am to get back home.

The lines at the BR was hell, they should have a separate area for girls and boys, so we don't have have to wait an hour to take a leak.

I wouldn't go back there again, Radioehead was worth the hassle, though. Their setlist was amazing and I'm so glad they didn't play the radio stuff most of the bros and the OC girls were waiting for.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:39 PM

"so, how was The Stooges show"

Fantastic.

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

Stooges show FUCKING ROCKED- Extra long set and the fact that they weren't on their own equipment didnt make any difference- Energy HIGH- People in great spirit!!!~ If you missed this show for something else it was a bad move. Radiohead night 2 was Great and Animal Collective stole the whole show. KOL mediocre at best- they lost a lot of energy and were plagued with sound problems-

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:58 PM

Sound was good, maybe peopel didnt enjoy it from being too close to the speakers.
Security was good but completely useless, you can see hordes of fat cops standing doing nothing at any time.
Nightmare to get out of there. Plan accordingly or leave early.
Anyway, who is going to see Jack Johnson today??? LOL

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:59 PM

"here's a suggestion: move positions. if something is bothering you and you move"

Where you there last night? You could barely move up front during Radiohead?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 1:03 PM

The festival security SUCKED. They were on your case about EVERYTHING. The lines sucked. The 8:30 last call sucked. I know it was a state park, but what sort of magic number is 5 for beer consumption?

There were still 2 Long Island douchebags in the lawn at Radiohead doing pushups during the first encore break. Would 2 more beers have hurt? Plus, it is an all day fest, what about the people who were there for 8-10 hours?

If you are going to serve beer, fuck the mile long list of rules. I hate how you felt like you were in trouble the whole time you were in the beer tent. I almost blew up when the security started screaming at people to stand up who were sitting down. Jersey meatheads.

Posted by Scott | August 10, 2008 1:05 PM

What is the fascination with "True Love Waits"? People just want to hear it because it's rare, not because it's that good.

"Fake Plastic Trees" was great. Would love to hear something from Pablo Honey again.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 1:05 PM

Last night (08.09.08) was the first time I saw Radiohead perform live. AWESOME...really, beautiful. Thom's voice is even more amazing live than in recordings...hard to believe, yet true! =) The entire band really put on a great show, not to mention the great lighting they provided for the fans. Loved it! I've been a fan of Radiohead since Pablo Honey (even though people made fun of me for liking Radiohead back then)and I am so glad they are still my favorite band. They ooze talent.

Posted by Ivette | August 10, 2008 1:14 PM

was lucky enough to see them both nights... EPIC.
the first night me and my friends (who have been to our share of radiohead concerts) decided we would chill out more towards the back and enjoy from a more spacious vantage point. they were amazing of course, but the whole time i was standing there it became clear to me that i needed to be up front so that i could see their brilliance come forth from the source... don't know how i forgot that.
it was great to see the full effect of the side screens as a part of their programmed show (a little extra something for the people further back).
but it wasn't enough and i knew what had to be done to be up there saturday.

sacrifices must be made. love must be tested.
food & drinks early on and no pee breaks after Animal Collective. Kings of Leon was a test of... endurance (in more ways than one). We were rewarded with a spot in front of Ed about 7 people back. And except for the occasional assholes who tried to "dance" their way up to the front, everyone was respectful of each other as we all had been enduring together up there for hours. (luckily the lineup was pretty good)

completely agree with Anonymous "least pleased with the drunken teenage assholes who pushed up front..." - my biggest pet peeve at shows! - i respect everyone's right to be any kind of fan they want, but not when it ruins other fans' experience.
However, thanks to the beautiful night breezes and THANKS TO RADIOHEAD, nothing marred the perfection of seeing them live... up close.

definitely worth the aches and the numbness in my left fourth toe. So giddy that they played Street Spirit and FPT. Cymbal Rush was beautiful and Kid A and Idioteque were mind-blowing. The light show was beautiful and mind-blowing too - spot-on. And as always, seeing them perform an album live makes me love it more.

sorry for going on, but radiohead will do that to me.

oh and as for APW, thought it was a good festival - not overwhelmingly big, relatively clean and organized and the sound was great!
if nothing about the festival impedes the music experience, then it's fine by me. hope they continue with it.
didn't mind the five beer rule - a teensy fascist, but nice to not have drunken pukey messes falling on you for support as they make their way through the crowd because they're too wasted to stay for the whole show. so sad :(

THIS IS DEF ONE FOR THE GOOD DAYS.

Posted by anonymous11 | August 10, 2008 1:18 PM

Someone posted a video of "Reckoner" right here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFWZY34Y8_Q

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 1:26 PM

Radiohead are worth everything, like true love.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 1:28 PM

worst VIP ever

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 1:28 PM

"What is the fascination with "True Love Waits"? People just want to hear it because it's rare, not because it's that good"

Actually, I don't want to hear it because it's rare, I want to hear it becasue that song is very important to me and has played a serious role in my life. Everyone has songs that have gotten them through tough times and for me, "True Love Waits," is one of them.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 1:39 PM

god. a "this radiohead song got me through tough times" poster.

go cry, emo kid.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 1:44 PM

"god. a "this radiohead song got me through tough times" poster.

go cry, emo kid."

shouldn't music invigorate you? dipshit, you're one of those pompous cynical assholes who goes to shows just to mock others. you're the reason why your parents divorced.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 1:56 PM

I have to say I was not-so-secretly pleased that Animal Collective sucked as bad as they did. I have never understood their appeal and apparently not too many people there yesterday did as well. Total noise. Underworld was a zillion times better.

Posted by Deb | August 10, 2008 2:01 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:01 PM

"I have to say I was not-so-secretly pleased that Animal Collective sucked as bad as they did. I have never understood their appeal and apparently not too many people there yesterday did as well. Total noise. Underworld was a zillion times better."

this is seriously laughable

Posted by bots | August 10, 2008 2:16 PM

I can't believe no one has mentioned this yet:

When entering the APW festival, all they did was rip off the bottom half of my printed page that had my ticket on it. They didn't scan it or anything.

So I called some friends, told them to print out my tickets, and they all got in for free using the same piece of paper.

Did anyone else do this? Great free Radiohead show!

Posted by Bob | August 10, 2008 2:17 PM

Did anybody drive to a closeby area & bike over to the festival??

I am thinking of heading over there for this evening but dont want to take ferry or rail.

Posted by gerard | August 10, 2008 2:17 PM

I was all psyched for Jack to go on last night and then all of the sudden Radiohead came out. Then I thought, "well maybe they're just opening for JJ," but he never came on. Needless to say, I was more than a little disappointed.

Did they switch the lineup at the last second? I thought JJ was supposed to head up all three nights, but maybe my friends just tricked me.

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

yeah. good catch on the broken scanners at the gate. i noticed this too and figured people would try it to get in.

at least three people behind me weren't even checked for tickets as they had one person for two lines that couldn't keep up (and probably didn't care to bother).

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:20 PM

"shouldn't music invigorate you? dipshit, you're one of those pompous cynical assholes who goes to shows just to mock others. you're the reason why your parents divorced."

burn? i think? (instead of ranting, why not go listen to a song that captures yout feelings of this moment, and then blog about it).

my parents aren't divorced though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:22 PM

yes you right i doubt they will be checking the receipts to see if anyone got in on the same ticket.
so if the word got out you could have got all your friends in (if you had that print at home ticket)

Also im surprised no one mentioned part of having a beer at the show is this is something to wash down your hot dog/pizza etc? but they do it the same way at coachella so not sure if thats got something to do with that. maybe it has something to do with PNC center crap from last year?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:29 PM

"I was all psyched for Jack to go on last night and then all of the sudden Radiohead came out. Then I thought, "well maybe they're just opening for JJ," but he never came on. Needless to say, I was more than a little disappointed."

i wanto cry a little for you right now... if you're serious.
nothing against JJ, but to be disappointed to see radiohead take the stage is somewhat worrisome :)

Posted by anonymous11 | August 10, 2008 2:30 PM

(long comment ahead) As an overall music fan and veteran of concerts and festivals dating do my first ever outdoor show (lollapalozza '93-waterloo village) I think overall my takeaway from this "festival" was that it was lots of style but lacking in substance.

First the lines for everything were absurd. I expect lines but at a festival style show where people are there over the course of many hours and need to eat, drink and use the bathroom I thought the line situation was unconsciable. You were faced with a choice of missing music or going to the bathroom or eating. Should never be that bad.

The venue was amazing, ferry service from NYC was what I expected a long lines but moved, there and back in relatively short order.

The saturday lineup was weak, knew that going in but seriously you put animal collective on the main stage for a festival show? This is not the galapagos or studio b its an enormous park. The Roots should have been on that stage and then you would not have been forced to miss the only other early act that brought anything to the table in Kings of Leon.

As for Radiohead, Im not a diehard fan of sycophantic nature like most seem to be and thought the show was good not great. For a band that does not play the NYC area often , at a venue like that for their last night I expected more. Maybe my expectations were too high, but think of the situation like this - If you weren't a Radiohead fan and saw that show, was your mind blown? Do you walk away a fan? Thats my standard and I don't think it was met.

I am turned on to new music all the time by great live performances, (see yesterday The Felice Brothers for an example) and walked away wanting a little more. Like I said, good not great.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:37 PM

They didn't even play "Yellow" or "Viva la Vida," my two favorite Radiohead jams!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:38 PM

I though VIP was worth it. You got actual bathrooms, an air conditioned lounge, no wait for drinks (until like six when it became insane), and a nice security guard guy who was giving out second wristbands. Also the view from the bleachers was fine

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:38 PM

and i want to cry for you a little right now because you weren't sure if that person was kidding.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:39 PM

When thom said "we're dedicating this next song to Kings of Leon, if we were as pretty as them we could be famous", I seriously just shouted out CREEP, it would have been the ultimate symbolic fuck you to them.... damnit Thom.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:39 PM

Did anyone else notice the guy walking through the roots crowd with atleast 20 bowls on a tray selling them to people?

Tight security my ass!

Also lines sucked so just avoid them when you can.
Do you really need to wait 30 minutes just to eat a mozzereppa.
Carry your flask with you...take a a few puffs.
Get next to some people who want to have fun and all should be good.
If you need to wait on line..wait for a cute guy/girl to get on line and have a nice 2 hour chat.

The thing wasn't perfect, but there were ways to have fun there.
WHy spend $100 dollars to have a shitty time and bitch about it the next day.


Posted by Somewhat Optimistic | August 10, 2008 2:47 PM

girltalk was wonderful.

radiohead can suck my dick and die.

PEACE.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:49 PM

The point is I no longer want to worry about sneaking in flask, been there done that, I should not have too. I have no problems with the beer policy but it should have been more transparent (ie posted with the litany of other rules). Also not that I expect anyone arrived at noon given what they threw on stage before 3, but for an all day festival the notion of limiting people to 5 beers without a heads up beforehand is pretty dumb. And if you are going to have a designated drinking area (or 2) make them large enough to hold some people, it was a glorified cattle pen.

I would never expect "perfection" but for close to 100 dollars for a ticket 25 dollars for a ferry ride, almost 8 dollars for anything else food/drink related you are buying onsite I think I can have some expectations.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:57 PM

Anyone else see John Norris cut in front of EVERYONE and go straight to the front of the ferry line? He didn't apologize and was wearing a Jack Johson t-shirt.

Someone has to put an end to his reign of terror on the new york indie community.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 3:07 PM

Man, what happend to Chris Martin's eye?

It should be illegal to look like that and fuck iron man's girlfriend.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 3:08 PM

i hate saying this, but the food seemed priced pretty reasonably by new york standards (a veggie burrito for $7 is probably what you'd expect to pay for at any fast food place in the city for the same food).

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 3:12 PM

Yes, this festival was very far from perfect.

But knowing the rules that were in place from yesterdays concert,with a little ingenuity you can have a a pretty decent time as long as you don't let everything get you down.


Posted by still optimistic | August 10, 2008 3:14 PM

Did people interpret Thom's dedication to KOL to mean that they're only getting attention b/c they're attractive, or was it more self-deprecating? Radiohead are certainly not an attractive bunch, but I think KOL are a solid band.

Whomever said it, I agree that the Roots should have been on the main stage. That was a major blunder, and disrespectful to them, as well.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 3:16 PM

I think, the limit of 5 beers just sucks - I arrived at noon, so 5 beers for 10 hours in so hot day is just ridiculous if not to say more. I agree about restricting drinking to designated areas. At the same time - when Radiohead started to play I could smell nothing but cannabis all over the crowd - that was so amazing :)

Radiohead - of course's the best. There are no words to describe their show and appearance in Liberty State Park yesterday night.

fredy

Posted by fredy | August 10, 2008 3:18 PM

Roots are tremendous live performers, a main stage with Metric followed by Animal Collective is a steaming pile of doo doo. And I actually don't hate their music, just made no sense. Roots into KOL would have been a great build to a Radiohead close. Hell Sia is probably better suited to a main stage performance. To me it was odd to have two of the higher energy acts in KOL and The Roots performing at nearly the same time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 3:21 PM

A 5 beer limit..it's communist. F'n nanny state with a watch tower. Sooo glad I didn't even consider going to this waste of time and money.
Waiting in line..also very communist. We can never get a break. Always treated like shit, for heaps of cash.
I cannot enjoy music in a POW/FEMA camp with the man looking over my shoulder.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 3:59 PM

show was amazing, after radiohead was done me and my friend walked right out at full speed straight to the light rail to the path train and back into the city to brooklyn. I was on the L train an hour and a half from walking away from middle front of main stage. Everyone stop your bitchin and crying. Radiohead was worth the price of admission. Food was pretty cheap for festival prices and the grounds were great. Good sound, gorgeous views and friendly people. Kings of Leon were awesome and this was a great chance to see bands you would normally never see rather than a " big name band " who you have seen 10 times over and who are just there for the pay day. APW saturday was fuckin great and I am glad I wasn't one of the haters who just cried about everything and sat home. The lines to get into the show were long, that and the bathroom lines were the only drawbacks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 4:02 PM

Went the first two days and have to say that I was actually pleasantly surprised by the festival. Yes, I had to strategize when it came to bathroom breaks and had to endure a 30 minute walk to downtown Jersey City to get back to NYC, but it's a festival with thousands of attendees--what do you expect, a clean empty bathroom stall for everyone attending? Personalized jet packs to get you over to Manhattan in two minutes flat?

Anyway, the views were spectacular, the space was very cool, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and having a good time. Unless you like being puked on by a drunk frat boy or get your kicks by mudsliding across festival grounds while wasted, I thought that the beer garden/drink policy was a really great thing--especially for those of us who weren't really interested in getting wasted after shelling out money to see live music. I'm used to being pushed around in the pit and dealing with obnoxious drunk loudmouths and, thankfully, there didn't seem to be any invading my space. Overall, had a great time and hope that this will be the first of many APW shows.

And just had to share what I overheard some random dude say after Radiohead played Saturday night: "I don't listen to their music, I don't even like that shit, but you have to respect them." That pretty much sums RH up.

Posted by rwd | August 10, 2008 4:04 PM

Looks like a lot of people made seriously bad choices in where they ate and pee'd...the area between Bullet and Blue Comet was the way to go for both, never a line for the loo and just short ones for some of the food vendors. They need to work on the ticket taking/scanning though, Friday was OK but Saturday things broke down and there was too much crowd for them to handle!

To the person who made it back to Bay Ridge by midnight by public transport...no way you did that if you stayed for at least part of the second encore - I left during the last song, was back in Manhattan by ferry at 11:20, and after a 10 min. bathroom break at the ferry terminal, caught good connections on the 4, N and R and still didn't get to BR Ave. until 12:30. Ferry was a great way to go though!

Friday I saw Mates of State, The New Pornographers, and Underworld (besides Radiohead of course) and enjoyed them all. Saturday's line-up was meh or sucked - caught Metric (OK, but nothing I'd pay to see again), and Animal Collective - don't know what the hype is with these guys - they were interesting but that doesn't translate to enjoyable! Ergh. I left about halfway through their set and chilled on the lawn in front of the Nokia tent next to Bullet, listened to the Black Angels (OK, nothing I'd pay for though), KOL from afar (and didn't like them any better than before) and part of The Roots (didn't hear enough to judge, not a big fan of that genre in general).

Radiohead made gorgeous music both nights, that was reason to be right there. :)

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 4:15 PM

well, jacks johnson today (only 10,000 tickets sold) and even radiohead on friday (20,000 tickets sold, 10,000 shy of a sell out) show that they'll really need to consistently draw top headliners with top support if they want to turn profit in the future.

agreed on the roots. very surprised they weren't on the main stage (and i had to miss kings of leon because of it).

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 4:18 PM

where were these bathroom lines? i didnt wait for more than two people at any time either friday or saturday. unless you were one of the retards waiting for the ones in the beer jails

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 4:27 PM

radiohead saturday nite was better than friday's show, albeit friday was redic. girl talk on friday was sick, should have gone on after radiohead.

Posted by na | August 10, 2008 4:30 PM

I think a lot of people decided when they saw a line that they should just go stand in it because there were probably lines everywhere else.
that's retarded.
all you had to do was be willing to walk around a bit and you could easily cut down the wait.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 4:32 PM

Animal Collective is not a valid band, you pretentious fucktards. Yelping and obnoxious music does not equal smart, original, or even tolerable.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 4:36 PM

Yeah, Animal Collective definitely did not belong on the main stage. The Roots should have been given that time slot.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 4:39 PM

i was up front for radiohead. i pissed in my pants many times and nobody noticed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 4:42 PM

Animal Collective are an excellent band, but the two times I've seen them live (South Street Seaport & yesterday) they've disappointed me.

They started their set with bullshit for over 30 minutes, and only then started to get the ball rolling with some Panda Bear and then Fireworks.

They have the power and potential to have the crowd eating out of the palms of their hand, but why they choose to present themselves so weakly is beyond me.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 4:49 PM

"Animal Collective is not a valid band, you pretentious fucktards. Yelping and obnoxious music does not equal smart, original, or even tolerable."

I would say the same thing, except I would say it in refernce to your comment. You seem like the pretentious one. AC are a smart, original and even tolerable, band! They belonged on the main stage and the crowd they drew proved that! If you really think all their doing is yelping and creating obnoxious music, then you are missing out. They are making music that no one else is or has (at least not as well). "Fireworks" is seriously one of the best songs of the last few years!

Posted by jockinAC | August 10, 2008 4:52 PM

...and I'll point out my grammatical errors so the focus isn't lost here. proof reading is for suckers:

reference NOT refernce

they're NOT their

Posted by jockinAC | August 10, 2008 4:55 PM

radiohead open for jack johnson? hahahahahahahhahahhhhhaaaaahhhhhhhaahhahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahhhhhaaahhhhaaa. thats a crack up.

Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2008 5:00 PM

thom yorke pops his collar?? HAHAHAHAHA

Posted by blah | August 10, 2008 5:03 PM

I kept using the bathrooms up behind the 2nd stage and there was never a line the entire time. Not even close. I guess people just didnt know they were there.

there was another beer garden right next to it that never had the lines that the others had.

People need to look at the handy dandy maps they gave out at the front door!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 5:03 PM

This is hands down the last festival I will ever attend. They are obnoxious, inconvenient, and generally don't evoke the same emotions you get from an indoor venue.

What I do for Radiohead...

Posted by Christopher | August 10, 2008 5:03 PM

kings of leon should not have been on the main stage, Animal Collective then The Roots and Radiohead would have been the shiz. KOL is really not good, and yeah they're popular abroad, but they are not on the level of ac or the roots. Agreed that it was disrespectful.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 5:07 PM

Radiohead fans creep me out. I never want to see them again. Kings of Leon was amazing, I wish people actually danced instead of standing there nodding heads like robots. Same goes for Chromeo, why was I the only one dancing?

Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2008 5:08 PM

You really think that set Animal Collective performed was a crowd pleaser? They can headline a show at the Galapagos every night of the week and twice on Sunday, but to put them on the main stage at a festival, which then causes you to place the Roots and KoL opposite each other makes no sense.

Also I guess I am a sucker but I did try and seek out shorter lines to no avail. The space was great, sound was great, but overall things could have been better. Not looking for perfect, but there are a few things that could have easily been improved upon. This is not a festival with 70 or even 50 thousand people.... we are talking on average well less than 30K which should be more easily handled. From gate to bathroom, food to beer.

Still thought weather was good, got to hear some good music an enjoyed myself.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 5:17 PM

kings of leon played the new single sex on fire for the first time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeeBd_rT0dE

Posted by Will | August 10, 2008 5:23 PM

i thought music festivals were about music rather than drinking as many overpriced swill beers as you can.

OMG, only FIVE beers in TEN hours, whatever will you do? Drink water? Heaven forbid!

How about drinking your own piss, that will probably have some residue alochol in it.

It was awfully nice to NOT be surrounded by 10,000 drunk frat boys yelling for Creep or trying to sing a long with Fake Plastic Trees.

Grow up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 5:25 PM

I basically paid $200 for endless travel frustrations, an 8 song Grizzly Bear set and 2 Radiohead shows. It was worth it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 5:29 PM

Honestly reading this thread Radiohead fans are starting to remind me of the old Dikta saturday night live skits.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 5:32 PM

I totally agree with you there 5:25. I like a brew as much as the next person, but if you can't get through a day on five beers (or any), then it's not the festival's problem but yours. I thought the lack of drunk a-holes was great and it was nice not to have to make one's way through the muck of 100,000 discarded beer cups on the ground to get out the door.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 5:41 PM

strange I was in front of the sound board near the fence and everyone around was completely slack jawed, respectful, and quiet. The silence during plastic trees and exit music was amazing. Festivals are always hard, we are just getting soft.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 5:59 PM

i wanted to think of something funny to say but i can't come through. fuck.

Posted by matt | August 10, 2008 6:02 PM

"You really think that set Animal Collective performed was a crowd pleaser? They can headline a show at the Galapagos every night of the week and twice on Sunday, but to put them on the main stage at a festival, which then causes you to place the Roots and KoL opposite each other makes no sense."

Having a shit band like KoL open for Radiohead makes no sense. Even Thom couldn't withhold his disdain. If KoL are so huge they should've headlined the second stage, that way the Radiohead fans could've enjoyed the Roots and I wouldn't have had to sit through that horrible Nickelback bullshit. I don't really care if most people "got" Animal Collective (it was great to hear the bros behind me say "I mean I like 'expeeeerimental,' buuuuut..."). Their set was great.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 6:05 PM

"Did people interpret Thom's dedication to KOL to mean that they're only getting attention b/c they're attractive, or was it more self-deprecating? Radiohead are certainly not an attractive bunch, but I think KOL are a solid band."

Jonny is one sexy beast!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 6:08 PM

I love how anyone that ever has a different perspective from "you" people is automatically dismissed as a frat boy or bro. If you thought that AC set was great for a main stage festival act, we are going to have to agree to disagree. But then again, you were probably wearing your girlfriend's jeans and you standard issue converses to the show yesterday.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 6:12 PM

animal collective's set was definitely not great.
there were moments of interest, but overall sonically oppressive.
second stage (or galapagos) would have been much more appropriate for them.
kings of leon...yawn.
that is some boring ass shit.
didn't see the roots cause I was staking my main stage claim, which is where they should have been playing.
radiohead were fucking stellar.

apw has some work to do for the next go round, if there is one.
overall give the festival about a 7.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 6:16 PM

it's funny how people who like animal collectives act like they are getting something other people just don't understand when in reality they are liking something just because they want to feel special about themselves.

"yeah... other people don't get ac... but i do!!!"

congrats.

kings of leon killed it saturday. the only reason ac had a crowd is because people wanted a good spot for kol and rh.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 6:34 PM

6:34

Do you realize it's possible to Animal Collective and not get caught up in all this "i get it, you don't" middle school discourse? I'm fan and what others think doesn't really concern me.

Considering how few shows AC have played (and are playing) this year in the US I am not surprised there was a crowd, sure some of it may have been for the acts that followed but I for one thought seriously about going (didn't) just to catch Animal Collective.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 7:03 PM

"It was awfully nice to NOT be surrounded by 10,000 drunk frat boys yelling for Creep or trying to sing a long with Fake Plastic Trees. Grow up."

Riiiiiighhhhtt.... because "it's only frat boys, not hip cool kids, that like to drink at concerts." Talk about "grow up"; your off-base generalization says a lot about you too my friend. And no, I'm not a "frat boy."

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 7:08 PM

i'm not sure if he meant to allude to it, 7:08.. but the implication in that statement is that "cool hip kids" are just as bad as "drunk frat boys"... if not the same thing. basically humanity sort of sucks nowadays.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 7:15 PM

fuck me for not seeing radiohead live sooner. mother fuckers killed. the first few songs brought tears to my eye, literally. Midway thru i thought a fault line would be created where the stage is and send us all into the harbor.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 7:16 PM

I did not know Clay Aiken was in this band.

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Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 7:34 PM

^^^^^
You're a clown.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 7:54 PM

I don't like to hate on bands, but the sounds coming from the main stage(??) during animal collective made me go and get one of my pre-designated beers.
I actually felt pain in my head.
too bad, cause I was curious about them and hoping to enjoy...

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 7:55 PM

KID A?!?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 7:58 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 8:05 PM

I was tripping out so bad during Videotape into Airbag....but what a great day!! I also really enjoyed Animal Collective. Anyone have the setlist, same thing for Kings of Leon?

Posted by Pedro | August 10, 2008 8:36 PM

I was pretty disappointed by the crowd at APW. I have been going to festivals since the late 80's and I was shocked how rude the young kids are these days.

Who goes to the front and sits on the ground for all the opening bands! And complains when people want to dance and enjoy the band playing. If you want to sit, go to the back.

Believe it or not... Radiohead once was an opening band... And their first album was not total magic. It took a album or two for them to become legends.

Maybe my memory is getting spotty from standing out in the hot sun but it seems when I was your age everyone was so excited to be out at the festival and was open to checking out every band.

You never know who you might get to see open at festival. Maybe the next radiohead.

And trust me, Thom Yorke is crazy music fan and he would probably be out there dancing like a madman.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 8:50 PM

I saw Thom Yorke after their set at Santo's Party House and he was dancing his tiny ass off to some Dan Deacon!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 8:59 PM

^^^ lies

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 9:05 PM

Thom Yorke was content to eat out my anal orifice at Santo's. He said that he pretty much sucks these days, and that eating me out satisfied his creative impulses more than In Rainbows.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 9:19 PM

Animal Collective should have played their set at wherever it is they still test atomic bombs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 9:57 PM

i was psyched for the opening bands... the only one i didnt know was metric, and they were pretty good. not all young kids are like that.

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

Kings of Leon is totaly boring music

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 10:21 PM

Couldn't agree more with the person who called the beer policy 'nanny state' BS. In many years of festival going I haver never seen a policy more outrageous. And the fact that it was not publicized in advance that (a) one could not drink a beer and watch a band at the same time and that (b) big brother - in the form of security brownshirts - would be limiting you to five beers - that amounts to false advertising, and in my opinion, business FRAUD. People of drinking age have a reasonable expectation that they will be able to consume beer and watch music simultaneously, not herded into some green fenced drinkers' gulag. All that was missing was barbed wire. It's a state park where all alcohol is verboten? THEN DON'T HAVE A FESTIVAL THERE, OR CHANGE THE LAW.

Posted by F--- the Sobriety Police | August 10, 2008 10:27 PM

I was at the Saturday show and have a question... dont know too many titles of radiohead songs... but one that i particularly liked i was able to jam a few random lyrics i heard into my phone and came up with "now in my life... reach" or something like that... i think it came on before the bends but can't be sure... can somebody help me out

Posted by s | August 10, 2008 10:48 PM

i think you're talking about the song "treefingers". it's on the album Kid A.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 10:57 PM

anybody have a serious answer?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:04 PM

motorhead > radiohead

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:04 PM

I hate Jersey whats up with all those dam tolls...

Posted by Nick crompton | August 10, 2008 11:09 PM

I hate Jersey whats up with all those dam tolls...

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

it's "meeting in the aisle", from the Airbag/How Is My Driving? ep.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:20 PM

Thom Yorke > Jesus.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:27 PM

Radiohead were great both days as expected.
The Roots are always pretty cool.
Grizzly Bear were better than I thought they would be.
Underworld seem like a tired act.
CSS & Girltalk were a waste of time.
With all the great music from Brazil, why would anyone want to listen to CSS?
New Pornographers just plain sucked. Neko where were you?
Kings of Leon really sucked. Why were they there?
I had no problems whatsoever with the light rail.
Why would anyone want to drink more than 5 $8 crappy beers?
We snuck in tequila and mixed it with lemonade!
All in all it was Radiohead and a bunch of other bands, just like everyone thought it would be.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:52 PM

"The one major Lolla letdown was Duffy, the 24-year-old Welsh singer who's on the cover of the new Spin. She's being hyped as the next Amy Winehouse, but Duffy's thin, shrill voice makes Ms. Winehouse sound like Aretha Franklin."

Very accurate. She was awful at APW! Very American Idolish.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:56 PM

girl talk sucks. listening to that shit is like going on a long drive with your ADHD friend who forget to take their adderall.

can't wait until all the licensing issues add up.

and FYI: sampling less than 30 seconds of someone elses song doesn't mean you can sell it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:59 PM

does anyone know if it was girl talk who was still on after radiohead ended?

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

Radiohead actually is a fan of KOL. They played some KOL songs on their webcasts and have spoken of their appreciation for KOL in the past. Doesn't mean every Radiohead fan will agree, but interesting to note.

Posted by Kevin | August 11, 2008 12:13 AM

Hahaha who ever said that Duffy sounds like an American Idol almost had it. She actually won the Welsh Idol. I wonder what Simon thinks of her????!!!!

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

@11:27, @11:56 both so true!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 12:31 AM

Radiohead reigns victorious 2 nights in a row

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 12:40 AM

oh and for anybody complaining about the lack of a NYC view during the radiohead show...stage right. beautiful view, beautiful light show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 1:05 AM

"does anyone know if it was girl talk who was still on after radiohead ended?"

is this a serious question because there was someone dj'ing near the entrance for awhile after radiohead ended. i'm not sure who it was.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 2:08 AM

181th!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 3:01 AM

Chromeo was surprisingly good. I didn't expect anything good from them.
Metric and Kings of Leon should consider doing something else for living.
Animal Collective were great. The first song they played is called House (aka Material Things)
And thank you Radiohead for closing such a great show with the perfection of Idioteque.

Posted by Eduardo | August 11, 2008 3:43 AM

Everyone who was bitching about the lines should have been smart and showed up early. You showed up at 5 or 6pm when the big headliner was going on at 8. Of course you waited in lines for the the next 3 hours.

We got there at 2pm and it was basically empty. Didn't wait in line to get in, didn't wait in line to get our beer wristbands, didn't wait in line to go to the bathroom. Had a few beers, watched Chromeo and Metric, ate some food and got another beer at 5 or so (going right past the line of hundreds who just showed up to get their IDs checked), and by 6pm were ready to watch Kings of Leon and Radiohead do their respective things.

I can see how taking public transportation back was a pain in the ass, but for anyone who got there relatively early, that should have been the only drawback. Other than the beer garden thing, which appears to be a state park regulation more than anything, the whole thing seemed to run pretty smoothly.

Posted by Guy Guyerson | August 11, 2008 4:17 AM

Worst festival ever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 7:57 AM

Best festival ever! 20 min from my Apartment. Radiohead played! No complaints!

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

radiohead = overdramatic fluff shit. pink floyd without the gracefulness.

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

Great pics. Most of the other commenters have covered specifics so I will just say APW was an overpriced mess and without Radiohead there is little to no choice I'd go back. For just about the same money you could go to Lollapalooza and see the best bands in the world in the best conditions. All the pre-APW hate ended up being completey justified. Radiohead bailed them out with 2 epic performances.

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

radiohead is the greatest band in the world. i knew that before, but after two nights (and two grueling days) of bliss (and pain) i am more certain than ever.
the only band i like out of all the openers on the main stage is animal collective, and their set varied between boring and needlessly abrasive. bad all around. and they were still better than any other opening act.
chromeo i enjoy from time to time (they were great opening for the unicorns at the knitting factory years ago), but they are a novelty act and they basically sucked. the 13-year old mtv/myspace crowd was pretty funny.
kings of leon were almost as awful as underworld.
this was no festival, this was a hugely overblown radiohead concert.
there is plenty of free parking on the west side ave light rail route, and none of the douchebag nyc people crowding the train.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 9:30 AM

planet telex melted my brain.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 9:54 AM

Animal Collective was one of the most impressive shows I have seen this year.

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

I love Animal Collective and I didn't understand their set list choices for the afternoon. Considering they were playing to an audience who were largely unfamiliar with their music, they should have to stuck to songs off of Feels, Strawberry Jam and Person Pitch. Save the other stuff for their own shows.
--Irregardless, I still enjoyed it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 10:05 AM

This was a great festival for people who don't enjoy drinking beer or having good sound or easy access to toilets at festivals, but do enjoy long lines and overpriced food and $4 Pepsi.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 10:07 AM

I agree with the old timer who made the comment about the kids these days. wtf is wrong with you people? on sat people were passing out left and right, its like no one could stand on their feet for longer than 30 minutes, i think they play too much video games, eat crappy food, and never do anything physical, its a fucking shame, 40 year old dudes like myself more fit than you teenagers.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 10:11 AM

This was a great festival for people who use the word irregardless and critique Animal Collective for not playing their most popular material.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 10:13 AM

gorgeous pics. i didn't even attempt to get that close but i had a clear view of thom. awesome show! i'm still on a high from it

Posted by a | August 11, 2008 10:15 AM

i used to love AC until I finally saw them live. Each time I see them I think less and less of where they are now in their career. bottom line AC in 2004 great, AC in 2008 just doesnt have that feeling anymore. and no one cares that Deakin is not in the band anymore? guess not.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 10:21 AM

"I agree with the old timer who made the comment about the kids these days. wtf is wrong with you people? on sat people were passing out left and right, its like no one could stand on their feet for longer than 30 minutes, i think they play too much video games, eat crappy food, and never do anything physical, its a fucking shame, 40 year old dudes like myself more fit than you teenagers."

agreed!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 10:21 AM

"Feels, Strawberry Jam and Person Pitch. Save the other stuff for their own shows."

person pitch is panda bear, im sure they dont play panda bear tracks. or do they?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 10:22 AM

They played Comfy In Nautica which is a Panda song. Animal Collective 2008 = better than ever. To each is own, but that show was mind blowing. Their sound just completely encompasses you for the entire show. They shouldn't really be at this festival though, a lot of people don't like their sound. They need to be indoors with mostly fans so people can't complain that they were too loud.

Posted by Jerry Garcia | August 11, 2008 10:28 AM

I support bands that dig deeper into their material during their OWN shows. But why do it when opening for another band? The popular stuff is what is going to win new fans over. But then again Animal Collective may just not care.
Yes they played one song off of Person Pitch

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 10:29 AM

They have been playing Panda Bear's Comfty in Nautica.

Posted by Eduardo | August 11, 2008 10:30 AM

They played Comfy In Nautica which is a Panda song. Animal Collective 2008 = better than ever. To each is own, but that show was mind blowing. Their sound just completely encompasses you for the entire show. They shouldn't really be at this festival though, a lot of people don't like their sound. They need to be indoors with mostly fans so people can't complain that they were too loud.

Posted by Jerry Garcia | August 11, 2008 10:31 AM

They don't give a shit, because even if they played popular songs most of the people sitting there for hours waiting for Radiohead would have disliked anything they played. So why not just play stuff that they want.

Posted by Jerry Garcia | August 11, 2008 10:33 AM

@ 10:29 am. "I support bands that dig deeper into their material during their OWN shows"

Animal Collective played mostly new songs, songs that might be on forthcoming albums. That's not to to dig deeper into their material.

Posted by Eduardo | August 11, 2008 10:37 AM

If you didn't like Animal Collective's set you probably wouldn't like my sets from the early 70's.

Also, does anyone have the full setlist of AC's set?

Posted by Jerry Garcia | August 11, 2008 10:49 AM

Animal Collective's set:

* House (aka Material Things)
* Bear Hug (aka Walk Around with You)
* Daily Routine or Song for Ariel <-- I am not sure
* Lion in a Coma
* Comfty in Nautica
* A super extended Fireworks (they started with a song I didn't recognize, then Fireworks, then in the middle they included Essplode, then an awesome guitar solo by Avey Tare, and finish again with Fireworks)
* Brother Sport

Posted by Eduardo | August 11, 2008 10:59 AM

Thank you Eduardo. Did you enjoy it? Comfy In Nautica or Brother Sport was the highlight for me.

Posted by Jerry Garcia | August 11, 2008 11:01 AM

I love what festival newbies you are. Some of these comments crack me up. Bring Purell! Wait all day if you want to see Radiohead up front. Chachi amateurs.

Posted by La | August 11, 2008 11:07 AM

I went all three days, but left 10 minutes into Jack Johnson's set last night. All in all, I would say that the good in this festival outweighed the bad - would definitely like to see them continue it next year.

Aside from over 4 hours of epic live Radiohead, there were planty of nice surprises all three days. My friends and I particularly enjoyed, The Duke Spirit, Mates of State, Grizzly Bear was phenomenal, and Andrew Bird now has new fan in me. Didn't care much for the Pornos sans Neko and Dan. Hope to see them all together very soon.

Loved the Felice Brothers on Saturday (way to represent upstate NY guys).Chromeo and the Roots also killed during their sets. Animal Collective...not so much. Really bad idea putting them on the big stage.

Onto to Sunday, woke up beat and slightly hungover, knew the weather would be shite, but had two freebies and my friend was psyched for Trey, so I persevered. Wasn't a bad day at all, Rogue Wave was terrific, Cat Power was decent enough I guess. She looked hot as ever, but they seem to fuck her sound up every time I see her. The vocals are always too low. The highlight for me and just about everyone I spoke to about the day was Rodrigo y Gabriela - they were absoluteley mesmerizing(insert your own superlative here)I had a feeling that most people there were not too familiar with them, but they were dancing during the jammy parts and stood spellbound during the slower parts. I also caught a bit of Grace Pottter - she's a little granola crunchy for my tastes - but she's got some pipes and she's sexy as all hell! When I was walking out later that night I got to talk with her and snap a pic of us together at the Virgin tent. As for Trey...well, he pretty much killed it. Not a huge fan, but the guy's got chops and his fans seemed to having the times of their lives ( you think drugs were involved :)? ) Like I said earlier, great festival, wish that someone other than JJ headlined the final night but still okay.

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

Loved the concert...got an awesome spot 70 feet from the stage just a little right of center behind 2 girls, so our view was pretty sweet (i m 6' 1", so the view usually isnt a problem).

Sang every song a the top of my voice (my friend said i sounded a lot like Thom actually!). I m a good singer, and I tried my best to add to the acoustic songs esp, where I could really make an impact...you might say it was radiohead + rajbajaj on some of those slow numbers (esp videotape, my fav!).

Overall, this probably ranks as my joint fav concert (along w Killers @ MSG ! ).

woo hoo!

Posted by Raj Bajaj | August 11, 2008 11:22 AM

"Bring Puerll! "

Purell was the only thing that could rub off the ridiculous purple "X" they wrote on your hand, meaning it was the only way you could get another wristband (and drink more than 5 beers).

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

Raj Bajaj, you are not part of the band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 11:30 AM

Raj Bajaj - glad you had fun...even more happy that you were nowhere near me.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 11:36 AM

My voice is really nice, I think that you would have enjoyed me being around.

Posted by Raj Bajaj | August 11, 2008 11:37 AM

Thanks 11:20 for the Sunday report, was wondering how it went. I wouldn't have stayed for JJ but I would not have minded going yesterday for the undercards if I had scored a cheap ticket, better overall lineup than Saturday (save for JJ), I thought.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 11:38 AM

This was a great festival for people who thought that Sunday had a better overall lineup than Saturday.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 11:51 AM

Probably been said before a bunch of times, but either Wilco or My Morning Jacket would have been great headliners for Sunday and would have fit in quite well with the other acts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 11:57 AM

if anyone needs final proof on how radiohead completely owned:
1. kid a
2. THE GLOAMING. my god.

Posted by nonz | August 11, 2008 11:58 AM

F--- the Sobriety Police | August 10, 2008 10:27 PM:

Couldn't agree with you more.

I took care of the 5 beer limit by dropping a nice tip for the beer lady before she served. She didn't any of my tabs off for the rest of the night.

Posted by casiobeat | August 11, 2008 12:06 PM

I think it's pretty fucking lame that about half the comments are about the goddamn beer issue.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 12:13 PM

Let's talk about the girls for a bit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 12:20 PM

The beer issue was a really major problem. You shouldn't have to decide whether you want to see music or have a beer. It's pretty easy to get those things to coexist at a festival, and likewise pretty unacceptable that it was impossible at APW. At least throw up speakers near the kiddie beer pens or something.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 12:21 PM

dude the DJ tent near the entrance was one of the best things all weekend (not even joking)...sick DJs from LA playing music to all the tripped out rave kids. along with Girl Talk, CSS, Andrew Bird, and of course TREY and RH. the festival gets about a 7 outta 10 from me. Next year they should have each day a different genre headliner and bands.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 12:25 PM

Damn, I wanted to go and dance so badly after Radiohead, that DJ sound sick!! Oh well, have to wait until this Sunday's Silent Rave!!!

Posted by Pedro | August 11, 2008 12:30 PM

I'd like to address anon 5:25 and everyone that agrees with him.

Just because we balk at this bullshit beer rule does not mean we are fuckin frat boys who are going to get drunk and wrestle and spill your fucking green tea all over you.

quit being a narc and have a goodtime!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 12:34 PM

This was not a festival. It was a Radiohead show with a few extra acts.

Posted by Jerry Garcia | August 11, 2008 12:46 PM

well, it seemed to be a radiohead show plus a few others from the time it was announced.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 12:54 PM

girltalk was wonderful.

radiohead can suck my dick and die.

PEACE.

^^
you my friend need to get your priorities straight

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 12:57 PM

why pay all that money when you can just go see radiohead and grizzly bear outside philly for a fraction of the cost and none of the lame acts?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 1:02 PM

How come no one stayed for the artist who played after Radiohead...WILL BERMAN.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 1:12 PM

you folks thinking that Thom was poking fun at KOL need to go put on "My Party" and listen to what it is about KOL that Thom and the rest of Radiohead loves.

Posted by mj | August 11, 2008 1:21 PM

""This was my fourth and fifth time seeing them and I do not think Radiohead could be more impressive if they rose from the dead."

yeah cause then they would have to die, and we all know at minimum johnny and thom are not human, so they cant die."

Agreed. Now I'm just trying to figure out if they're gods or aliens. It's got to be one or the other.

Posted by j | August 11, 2008 2:21 PM

american bands need to learn from RADIOHEAD. King of leon are mediocre

Posted by AAR | August 11, 2008 2:24 PM

My girfriend made some fantastic "special cookies" (thanks baby) so I was basically drifting in and out of sleep for most of the day inside the wooden igloo .. I was able to hear most of what was happening throughout the day though... I have to say, I enjoyed listening to AC the most (barring RH of course) ... although i was lying down with my eyes closed listening to repetitive electronic phrases ...not bad ;) They probably stunk up close because even fom the igloo I had to ask the question, huh?

RH was great!!!

God KOL was lame (for me ...I know I know some of you love em') ...really though... Why not just name your band The Lord of The Rings..did anyone else notice how painfully unbalanced the BASS was!!!! Boring bass lines for someone to be cranking them so high...ahh well..

Felice Bros ...eh ... rowdy / shouty ...but they had fun. I thought it was a little rehashed but hey who am I to judge.

Metric ... so lame. That music could be the soundtrack for any TV show airing on Disney ...yuck.

The Dark Angel (Black Angel ...I forgot...let me beat you to the punch...yes I'm an idiot) Worst in between banter ever, but suprisingly ok at moments. Got bored fast though :( Blandorama

Once again RH was GREAT!!!!!

I felt like I was in the evacuation scence from "War of The Worlds" trying to get on that boat.


Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 2:35 PM

true--it wasn't a festival, just a Radiohead show with more opening bands and an only slightly higher ticket price. I spent more than $89 for my plane tix to go see Radiohead in Indianapolis last week, but it was worth it. There aren't any other Radioheads out there. Anybody sane would see them any chance they get and wait in lines and take slow trains and bear any burden.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 2:41 PM

where is the bmore vfest coverage?!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 2:43 PM

yes i waited in line for 10 hours in london in the cold to see them and it was the best experience of my life

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 2:44 PM

we will all have many, many, many worse hours than the hours we spend waiting in line to see Radiohead.

and that's "in line" not "on line," because we are citizens of the world, Radiohead's world.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 2:48 PM

I heard Christine's beach house was more fun than APW...

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 2:58 PM

After a day of reflection overall I grade the festival a C. Too often you had to pick between music and something else. You want some food, you miss some music, you want a beer, you miss tons of music, you want to take a leak, you miss a bunch of music. It really should not be that hard, 30 thousand people (probably much less) is not an unwieldy amount for a festival.

The gate scene also sucked, I was hoping to get there to catch one of the only early worthwhile acts in the Felice Brothers and gave myself what I thought was plenty of time, did not anticipate the 45 minutes plus at the gate.

Radiohead was good but at this point they could take a dump on the stage and most of you would call it an epic performance so I doubt my criticism of a bumpy first few songs would find a receptive audience here. Overall though they save the festival from getting a lower grade in my mind.

Surprise all the dislike for Kings of Leon, as someone with limited exposure to them before this show I thought they played a pretty good set, good energy, catchy tunes, much better than Metric and AC for the setting.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 3:00 PM

kings of leon all look like the singer from the goo goo dolls, except their music is somehow much worse.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 3:17 PM

also, did anyone see the drummer's tank top?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 3:17 PM

anonymous you have a personality disorder, stop talking to yourself

Posted by personality disorder | August 11, 2008 3:30 PM

Speechless--I thought Radiohead's entire set was mind-blowing! With All Point West being my first festival, Radiohead just elated me!! They are true and humble "genius's"! The light show was so amazing, and the sound was incredible. Even if the security was tight as hell, and annoying at times, the show itself took my breath away. The music itself made me high (well besides the massive amounts of bud being smoked lol). I gave it 10 stars!

Posted by Laura | August 11, 2008 4:21 PM

genius's??? lol!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 4:50 PM

There was a lot of inconvenience. 30-45 minutes to get on the ferry, 15 minutes to walk to the gate, 30 minutes to get through the gate (weirdly inconsistent bag checks. I got through without a look in my bag but noticed some people getting searched heavily). Long lines for beer and food and bathrooms as the day went on. The beer thing was ridiculous on Day 1 so I decided bring a flask the next night to sip on which allowed me to drink the beverage I wanted and listen to music at the same time. Being a smoker of green, that was certainly the way to go. No hassles and plenty of sharing.

It was a pleasure to stand in a beautiful field on a nice summer day and evening and enjoy music and be so close to home.

No one mentions Sia but she put on a delightful performance Saturday. Grizzly Bear sounded fantastic. Underworld had me dancing. CSS were fun and Duffy was okay.

Radiohead gave two excellent performances. The sound was good and if you did not mind being further back, there was plenty of room to dance and enjoy the show.

I would certainly not go through the hassle for any lesser headliner but all in all good job.With time, the organizers will figure out solutions to our complaints and it will be something to look forward to every year.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 4:57 PM

i agree about most of radiohead's saturday set list. spot on. i heard everything that i was meant to hear and the music was clear, the lights were sweet, and the crowd was completely perfect.

I would rate the festival a C- but radiohead an A+

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 5:10 PM

"With All Point West being my first festival"

time for you to get out more

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 5:21 PM

APW is very lackluster - even with great performances - it just kinda doesn't live up to all the hassle that comes with a festival in NY.

F it

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 5:59 PM

Creep is coming one of these next few shows, I can feel it. then you guys are gonna be crying...

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 9:21 PM

How could you be complaining about convenience? Was APW really more of a hassle than driving 12 hours to Bonnaroo, or driving/flying halfway/all the way across the country for Lolla or Coachella? STFU you fucking babies.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 9:30 PM

Radiohead: A-
APW: C

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 9:43 PM

"Creep is coming one of these next few shows, I can feel it. then you guys are gonna be crying..."

But who cares? Honestly, it's not that great of a song compared to what else they've put out.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 9:51 PM

Creep is a great song. Wish they would play songs from the first album.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 10:21 PM

"time for you to get out more"

I'm not the poster you responded to, but if you've lived in NYC it's entirely possible to "get out" and still not be a fan of festivals. Especially because they suck and you have to deal with boatloads of stupid people in the hot sun to see a few worthwhile bands sandwiched between many boring/bad ones. Only for Radiohead...

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 10:31 PM

Maybe I heard it wrong, but I thought Thom said
"If we we were as good looking as them, we'd be friends." I wasn't exactly sober, so I could be wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2008 2:57 AM

he said famous. i was there. friends doesn't make sense.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2008 8:09 AM

fyi if you were too lazy to check, they already played Karma Police on this tour, in Montreal.

Anyone says they are not dying for them to do Karma Police or Creep is either a liar or in denial. Those songs are superspecial and thats why not done often.

set lists here: http://58hours.com/

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2008 8:28 AM

I agree with Karma Police and Creep being "superspecial"...I feel like those songs are part of our generation (80's babies). Maybe if you're in you're 30's or whatever, you wouldn't appreciate it as much.

All I know is, I was waiting for Creep but in the end I was just so amazingly overwhelmed that I didn't mind not hearing it...I'm still daydreaming about Radiohead!

I don't know why there are so many haters on this site---just be grateful that Radiohead was here!! They're not always gonna play songs that people love--they're not those types of musicians which makes them that much better....stop the hate dammit!

Posted by Laura | August 12, 2008 8:35 AM

I was at both shows this weekend, what an experience. Radiohead always brings their “A Game” and I believe they are the best band in the world and the best LIVE show a person can see. The sound of the band, the light show, the set lists and how they varied from the two days was fantastic. I have seen Radiohead 9 times ( 2 this weekend ) and can’t say enough great things about them. I thought that the 1st night was a better set, IE Climbing Up The Walls, How To Disappear Completely, Dollars & Cents , You And Whose Army? And Paranoid Android, those were treat!!!….Don’t get me wrong, the 2nd night was AWESOME BUT THOUGHT THE 1ST WAS SPECIAL. I WAS THERE THE LAST TIME THEY PLAYED Liberty State Park, THAT, was the best I ever saw them!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see them in San Fran. In 2 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Exit Music (for a film)

Posted by Vader17 | August 12, 2008 9:22 AM

calm down!

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

I agree with laure, anyone who was at Bonnaroo and remembers how 80 thousand people sang "I lost myself" after they finished over and over, well it was a spine tingling, tears in your eyes magical moment.

thats why i think its a little sad they didnt decide to do this song at APW, but irregardless, still a great weekend. I must see Radiohead at least one more time on this tour.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2008 9:45 AM

animal collective fucking sucks- pretentious yelping cocksuckers

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2008 9:53 AM

First of all, all you jerks out there killed Radiohead, you punks and bitches have no clue what good music is...

also, ALP, as a festival, sucked, that was a pussy festival! the VIP was for shit, there is no price differential, get a job and maybe you people can afford some good seats…5 beers per person?? a line to get in with VIP?? the VIP tents sucked too…..I will say that KOL was good, they rock, again, you dorks have no clue about good music. CSS was great, the DJ Tent at end of Fri. and Sat. night WAS awesome….2nd best part of the weekend and Underworld rocked too. DUFFY, I agree, was terrible, AW is way better….

Posted by Vader17 | August 12, 2008 2:47 PM

wow so grouchy !

forget about what you don't like, accent the positive.

i had a great time both nights. underworld was a real treat. friday i walked around to find the audio sweet spot and then saturday i stayed right there. it was great. nobody killed radiohead, they just keep getting better. i feel lucky.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2008 7:59 PM

not grouchy....just a lot of moaning about the shows, that's all, i felt lucky too, RH was great, can't to see them again....

Posted by Vader17 | August 13, 2008 12:45 PM

radiohead is good!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2008 12:51 PM

i've had some time now for radiohead's performances to set in, and i am still floored. i've seen them before, including at liberty state park in '01, but this was the best i've seen. i'm already forgetting the rest of the festival thank god, but radiohead is burned onto my brain, my brain which has become a jukebox only playing radiohead.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2008 9:34 AM

I'm gonna put this out there--does anyone agree in that Radiohead is the "Led Zeppelin" of our generation (1980's babies)?

Posted by L Boogie | August 14, 2008 11:05 AM

"I feel like those songs are part of our generation (80's babies). Maybe if you're in you're 30's or whatever, you wouldn't appreciate it as much. "

Creep came out in 1993.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2008 11:17 AM

Radiohead is much better than zeppelin. zeppelin I would compare to Bon Jovi. a big crowd pleaser. Zeppelin was not a critics fav in 70s.

Radiohead is a cult band with a nice following and critical acclaim. cant really think of anyone from 70s who would fit that bill, maybe David Bowie.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2008 11:27 AM

Led Zepp is the best band ever, hands down! I LOVE RD and there is no bigger fan then me, we all saw them at their best at APW, I am very sad to know they will not be around again anytime soon, I am seeing them at out side lands on the 22nd, my 5th and final time this tour, they are arguably, the best band in the last 30 yrs. having said all that, they are not better the LZ....RD IS better than PJ, AIC, Nirvana, in my opinion….i would agree, they are the LZ of our time…

Posted by Vader17 | August 14, 2008 2:57 PM

please stop abbreviating like that.

anyway all points west ruled with RD, AC, GT, G!T, and KoL.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2008 3:11 PM

why 3:11 ?

Posted by Vader17 | August 14, 2008 4:30 PM

It was the best show I've seen out of 11 since '01. Nuff said. Saw them a few nights later in Camden, it was about %60 as good. A night off I would think. Now for the bootleg

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2008 11:03 AM

I think radiohead needs to tone down the edginess. Play more mellow songs, kinda like killers.

that said they were pretty decent at APW. I like the newer stuff, and maybe bends. Hate the old stuff (particularly stuff that is not very melodic).

Posted by Raj Bajaj | August 15, 2008 4:37 PM

tone down the edginess? what are you crazy!!!!!
that's the BEST Part!!!!!

Posted by Vader17 | August 18, 2008 1:14 PM

Way late to the party here, but Creep and Karma Police are not superspecial. They are just the two songs that had major commercial success. I'm a diehard fan, have been going to RH shows since 1997, and in my opinion, those are thoroughly mediocre RH songs that are made extra annoying because of crowd reaction when they play them live. They're ok. Not superspecial.

The superspecial moment for me on Saturday was the combo of Weird Fishes and Where I End and You Begin. The songs fit together perfectly, and Weird Fishes was the highlight of a night full of highlights.

Also, APW = Festival of Lines.

Posted by anon | August 18, 2008 4:23 PM

I can echo the previous comment. Where I End and you begin was astonishing live. Last time I saw them, during the Hail tour, they didn't play that and this was the highlight for me.

Posted by Daniel | August 25, 2008 10:33 AM

what do u think about album "scotch mist",this album u can get from youtube, free of charge.

Posted by fadli | August 29, 2008 11:49 PM

to the dude that said chromeo sucked. he can suck a johnson. KOL Rocked pretty hard. i got over radiohead i respect them but their riffs aren't rockin that hard for me.

Posted by bee | September 18, 2008 5:19 PM

i was one of those crazy fans who got up at 6 am to catch the first ferry to wait ten hours (both nights) to see radiohead! it was my first time seeing them and it was amazing! night two definitely has to be the better of the two... "planet telex" and "the bends" in the same set = party time.

Posted by anonymousgirl | April 1, 2010 2:03 AM

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Posted by منتديات | February 23, 2011 6:18 PM

This is still the best show I've ever seen. Come back to this page every once in awhile for the setlist and photos.

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