Our lucky winner for the three day pass was Lindsay Sanchez! She has just enjoyed her first day at the festival despite the terrible rain.. Here is her account of the day’s festivities:
All Points West is a metropolitan kind of festival. With the NYC skyline, Hudson River and even t Lady Liberty’s ass as the backdrop, hipster swarmed over New Jersey’s Light Rail and Ferries to arrive at Liberty State Park.
Unfortunately I didn’t allow myself enough time for the commute, which included a half-mile walk to the train, a transfer stop, and a shuttle bus to the entrance. I ended up missing the first opening band The Knux, a vibrant dance-inducing hip-hop group.
There were many bands on the line-up. Including lush rock sounds of Shearwater and Ra Ra Riot. I can’t call myself a fan of this kind of sound. I prefer a good pop hook to a xylophone solo, but that’s just me.
However, The FLEET FOXES impressed me greatly. I only heard them before from my friends’ ipods who consistently said things like “Have you heard this band!? They’re amazing!” I replied with lukewarm reactions, which they couldn’t understand.
“How could you not like the beautiful harmonies, orchestral compositions, and complex song structures.” Plainly, It didn’t make me dance. But in a live setting it was completely different. The drummer’s deep driving pulse on his toms and bass drums kept such a live intense beat that I was enthralled.
It seemed, as the music got more intense during the Fleet Foxes set, as did the clouds. It was soon after that the light drizzle turned into a consistent heavy rain by the time VAMPIRE WEEKEND hit the stage. I was in the midst of many avid fans pushing forward to get a glimpse of the hipster darlings (despite the umbrellas in the crowd, which are not allowed in the festival). It was a fun set I enjoyed even though I wasn’t familiar with all of their work and I was drenched. So that’s saying something for a band. If I ever get a chance to see them live (and dry) again, I would consider it.
After that it was all attitude at APW. The YEAH YEAH YEAHS’s dove straight into their piercing dance rock sounds, as the lead singer owned the stage with her jumpy, twisty, thrashing moves. They only took down the energy maybe once or twice with an acoustic version of their hit “Maps.”
YEAH YEAH YEAHS
Then finally Jay-Z made it to the stage about 25 minutes later than scheduled. But when he came, he saw – he conquered. Opening up with “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” to pay respects to the Beastie Boys, who unfortunately had to cancel. He played plenty from the Blue Print 3 and some of his first singles like “Can I Live.” He also paid homage to the King of Pop rapping IZZO over “I Want You Back.” Anytime someone brings in J5, I’m a supporter.
As I walked (rather trudged) over the mud and out of the concert, dirt splatter on my leg, my shoes squishing with water. My legs were cramping and I couldn’t bring myself to join MSTRKRFT’s dance party, I regret that.
All and all it was a fun show and I feel accomplished that I made it through the rain and mud with resilience. I’m back again for more in a few hours. This time I won’t miss the first band WHITE RABBITS!
A P DUBZ correspondent ☺