Posted in music | pictures on June 5, 2011

photos by Eric M. Townsend

BOMB Fest
BOMB Fest

B.O.M.B. Fest went down over Memorial Day Weekend at Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT. You already saw the Dan Deacon pictures from the first day of the two day fest. Now here are the rest from that Saturday (May 28th) (we have no pics from Sunday). They continue below...

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David Wax Museum

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Wavves

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EULA

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The Guru

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Heirlooms

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Swear and Shake

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Titus Andronicus

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The Goonies

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Dan Deacon pics HERE.

The Cool Kids

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Real Estate

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HEALTH

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RJD2

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Sun Hotel

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Woods

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Best Coast

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The Felice Brothers

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Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes

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EOTO

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Weezer

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Comments (36)

Reminds me of the failing of APW Year 2.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 10:53 PM

"Reminds me of the failing of APW Year 2."

how so?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 11:02 PM

I don't know. I wasn't there, but it just seems like the place was empty and the festival was out-of-place in a location that doesn't have a market for this type of music. It looks like it was pretty much completely dead until Weezer's set.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 11:21 PM

The 'deadness' just goes to show how unwilling NYC music fans are to leave their dipshit comfort zone. The show was inexpensive, had great bands, and was a 16 dollar metro north ride away. People shouldn't bitch if they didn't bother to make an effort to get there in the first place

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 11:36 PM

I was there. The other stages were DEFINITELY not dead. Awesome crowd for Edward Sharpe. Plus all the stages that had electronic acts?? EOTO, Eskmo, RJD2, etc... everyone was crazy into it.

Next day too - Shpongle was INSANE.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 11:56 PM

These pictures are amazing! Eric, it was a pleasure shooting with you at bombfest. Your photos are inspiring to me! Hope we get to shoot together soon.

Posted by diana | June 6, 2011 12:43 AM

This must be a record for the most shitty mediocre bands at once minus The Felice Brothers.
Edward Sharpe and his fauxhemian gang for mass consumption. How sad.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 4:15 AM

i went. loved it.

but it certainly was not a 16$ metro north ride away. metro north doesnt go to hartford.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 8:22 AM

Yeah, I think Hartford requires Amtrak. Which would be more like $40-50 and a 3+ hour trip.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 9:12 AM

"The 'deadness' just goes to show how unwilling NYC music fans are to leave their dipshit comfort zone. The show was inexpensive, had great bands, and was a 16 dollar metro north ride away. People shouldn't bitch if they didn't bother to make an effort to get there in the first place"

Why the fuck should we leave our "dipshit comfort zone"? Why the fuck would i take an Amtrak ride to fucking CT to see bands that play in NYC all the time? Who's "bitching"? What a stupid comment. You are probably one of the idiots who worked for the festival and thought it was a great idea that the "lame people" just didn't "get".

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 9:41 AM

Calm down, people. You either felt like going, or you didn't.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 9:56 AM

There's just no market for this type of festival in the middle of CT. It would have been fine if it was just on a field somewhere but held in that huge-ass ampitheater, it just gave the whole thing a "dead" vibe. It was almost like showing up at a birthday party that someone sent a ton of invites for but no one came. Just...sad.

That being said, all the bands were pretty great. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes took too long to set their shit up though.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 9:58 AM

Edward Sharpe is a farce if I ever did see one. How quickly we all forget Ima Robot...

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 10:07 AM

How empty was this? Pretty empty?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 10:37 AM

A fest of washed up bands. Weezer, Edward Sharpe, Cool Kids, etc..

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 10:39 AM

"How empty was this? Pretty empty?"

It was empty enough to be considered a failure from a business/charity perspective. Read more about it here: http://www.courant.com/entertainment/music/sound-check/hc-bomb-fest-analysis-20110529,0,872619.column

I went and saw some decent bands (No, not that Edward Sharpe crap -- I left by then . And no, not all bands were "washed up" -- I saw HEALTH, Titus Andronicus, Wavves, Real Estate, Woods and Free Energy, who are pretty relevant right now and kind of a rarity to catch in the area.) The sparse crowd made it funner but I can't see how anyone could have considered a success unless you were an attendee like me who felt like each band was playing in my lap.

I wrote a diatribe to one of the festival workers who called me out for being a "hater" in another thread here with some constructive criticism: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2011/06/dan_deacon_made.html#comment-708267

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 10:59 AM

"How quickly we all forget Ima Robot..."

IMA Robot's first album is fucking great, though.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 11:05 AM

Can't comment on how good the show was, but can we all agree that Harry Potter seriously needs to put his shirt back
on?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 11:13 AM

Seems like there's very little happening in NYC these days. How about a little more coverage of local groups and less of out-of-town festivals?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 11:21 AM

Just read that article and it's sad to read how they didn't even make any earnings to donate. How again can anyone consider this a successful charity event?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 11:22 AM

Although this fest may not have been a huge success, the one fellow who owned the hummus stand in the food court did so well he is going to go into early retirement.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 11:31 AM

11:31, aw man, I saw that guy! You're right, he killed it that day in terms of hummus sales!

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 11:46 AM

My advice to fledgling festival creators is think hard and long before you act on your plans. There's a gazillion festivals to choose from right and that whole novelty of them has begun to wear off. The most successful festivals in the USA have brand recognition behind them so it's not like anyone can go out there and become the east coast Coachella or Lollapalooza.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 11:46 AM

I saw a lot of the bands hanging out together and catching each others' sets. The entire time, a very unhip contingent of fanboys or girls would run up to them, try to shake their hands and take pictures as if they had met an A-list celebrity. I felt so bad for the chick from Titus Andronicus who got cornered on her way to the ladies room by some dweeb girl that wanted a hug and a picture to put on her Facebook. There's nothing hip or cool about Connecticut, which is partly why a festival like this didn't sell too many tickets.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 11:56 AM

11.46 said hard. and long.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 12:07 PM

You are all a bunch of faggots.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 12:54 PM

12:54, you're just upset because you and the rest of OFWGKTA weren't invited.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 1:08 PM

Somewhere in a Williamsburg loft, Todd P. is laughing at this abortion of a festival.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 1:50 PM

they should have booked vivian girls. then kickball katy could have gotten on her knees like the good little slut she is, and gagged on some cack right on stage. let the spit drool down onto her big tits. that would have sold the friggin place out, ill tell you that much.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 2:13 PM

www.theguru.bandcamp.com

free songs

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 2:25 PM

“We’re going to find a way from our family foundation to donate to all three charities, no matter what happens here,” said Bombaci Sr., who helped found the company that makes VitaminWater and Smartwater.

From the Courant article - Donations will be made to charity no matter what.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 3:18 PM

It really was a BOMB

Horrible fest

Connecticut is even lower than bridge and tunnel. They HAVE no bridges nor tunnels, leading NOWHERE

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 3:20 PM

Directed at the below comment from the Dan Deacon thread, know of a different/more appropriate venue in CT?

"Obviously the commercial feel of Hartford's Comcast Theater wasn't the greatest and made for an odd, ironic venue (which wasn't your fault.) Perhaps scale back operations to a smaller venue (and again, book smaller indie bands that won't put you in the position of fearing overcrowding) in a unique destination location that will make the B.O.M.B. Fest as much about the scenery as it is the music. The problem with that is I'm just not so sure if the New England area has much of a thriving alternative music scene -- The closest being Northampton, MA, but speaking from experience, even attendance out there is pretty sparse for great shows."

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 3:23 PM

It's really disheartening to see people that DID NOT even attend the festival complain about a this when it aims to give back to the community. And raise money for charities.

We should all support anything that tries to do that, whether at first don't raise quite enough or raise a million dollars.

Totally stand by their message and being at the festival was an awesome experience.

And no, this is not Lollapalooza (20th year) or Coachella (12th year?). Don't think it makes sense to compare a 3rd year festival to those.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 3:34 PM

I think the Northeast just isn't a place for a multi-day festival. All Points West couldn't do it and that was right across from Manhattan. How could some amphitheater in CT do it?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 5:04 PM

@3:23pm

Off the top of my head, I don't, which leads me to believe like others here that it's a tough sell booking a legit indie-centric music festival in the northeast/New England unless you're going to do something they can't see elsewhere or at Toad's Place/Daniel St. in New Haven. You also can't stick it in a big business commercial venue like Comcast that goes against everything that type of music stands for, or even the Danbury college idea which could potentially could ward off older-than-college-age attendees who don't feel like spending their day on a campus.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2011 8:27 AM

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