So it’s over. Bomb Fest came and went and what an interesting day it was. It started off by trekking out to middle-of-nowhere, which is actually incredibly beautiful countryside Connecticut. Parked at Strickland Farm (propane jokes aside…), boarded school buses which shuttled us to and from the Durham Fairgrounds. Since I convinced my man to join me, I had some company for this day of fun. We wandered through the fairgrounds, watched Of Montreal’s set (very interesting), ate some fried dough and people-watched.
Girl Talk: fun set, wish he had stepped away from the computer long enough to get some interesting shots. It was a spectacle (to say the least) as there was a crowd of fans on stage, dancing along as the crowd was toilet-papered by leaf-blower modified machines. After the “3-song” set, I wandered the grounds further, since Girl Talk is only interesting when you are in the thick of the spectacle. Besides, their music carried through a large area of the crowd and could be enjoyed while grabbing a bite to eat, for instance.
30 Seconds To Mars: What the hell? The band didn’t want pictures at all. I’d heard that sometimes they allow photogs on the sidelines, but for this show they didn’t want pictures at all. Suffice to say, I was upset considering I’d have preferred seeing Brand New anyway, but figured I’d get some good shots of 30 Seconds. Screw that. I went to see Quintron and Miss Pussycat, who”s praises were sung by some co-workers of mine.
Quintron and Miss Pussycat: Not my brand of music, yet they put on a good set. They were enjoyable to watch, shoot, and listen to. All the photogs in the pit were dancing along as they were all fans of this New Orleans-based duo.
Lupe Fiasco: Nice lighting, as the sun had fully gone down by this set. We were given 5 minutes to shoot and asked to leave. This put a damper on getting good shots, considering there were a TON of photogs at this point, and monitors blocked most of the good angles, on top of the fact that he was bouncing around stage for 3 of the 5 minutes we were allotted. Nonetheless, I got some decent shots and it was a fun experience. Check out some amazing pics by Bettina Hansen on Courant.com Read Eric Danton’s review of the show