First and foremost, I need to appologize if there isn't many live performance photos. You see, there was a really nasty trafic jam trying to get into The Gorge Amphitheater, that it took me longer (1 1/12 hours to be exact) to get to the venue. Because of that, I missed most of the bands I wanted to cover (Honeyhoney, Wheeler and Zander and Yellow Ostrich). However there is some good news in regarding Honeyhoney. I will be interviewing the band tomorrow afternoon that will be up on Buzznet sometime next week.
Anyways, Friday's festivities were pretty crazy, yet also pretty chill for kicking things off. This is the second year that festival organizers have decided to make it a four day festival, instead of the regular three. Last year when it was introduced, The Gorge was packed! But most of that was due to the Foo Fighter's, and the reunited Death From Above 1979 playing that night. This year, it wasn't the same. In matter of fact it was pretty chill as everyone decided to wait till Saturday when things kick off with a bang at 12PM.
Some of the bands who played last night included; Girl Talk, Of Monsters and Men, Beats Antique, STRFKR, Pretty Lights and Santigold. The two main bands I was really looking forward to were, Honeyhoney; which I missed thanks to the traffic jam. And Mark Lanegan from Screaming Trees whom I was really enjoying but the crowd was pretty small, to which I found out was due to STRFKR having the same time for their set as Mark's.
However, my favorite set of the night was none other than Beats Antiques. I wasn't really familliar with the dance group, but after talking to a CMS staff member who happened to be a fan, she told me I was in for a real treat. And that I was! It wasn't the normal dubstep dance craze that all the kids are digging these days, but more of a Middle East meets Techno vibe which I totally dug and top it off with one a belly dancer dressed in a creepy mask, made out for a memorable set.
Overall, Day 1 was pretty enjoyable for what it was. Not too crazy like last year. But could have really done without the traffic jam getting to the venue. Day 2 is where the real fun begins!