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Aug 6 2007

Virgin Fest Recap: This Is Why I'm Hot

5049.

That's how many photos I took this weekend. That's way too many. When I go to ACL next month, I'm going to try and shoot 1/3 of that number. Over three days.

Anyways, the weather was just as bad as I thought it would be. At least on the first day. Sunday was a bit better but I'm still sunburnt, have blisters all over my feet from walking back and forth between the stages (I'm bringing a pedometer next year) and have a very sore shoulder from carrying all my gear (again, brought too much), but overall I had a lot of fun at this year's Virgin Festival. Saturday had a bunch of ho-hum performances but Sunday really made up for it. Oh, I should probably mention that I stood not 2 feet from Johnny Marr during Modest Mouse's set. I was directly in front of his monitor and got to listen to his guitar parts for two songs. Yes, I had a huge grin the whole time.

It will obviously be a while before I can post any photos. There will be some up on DCist and AOL very soon. I'll update this post when they are online. I'll have a full recap later, but here are my quick impressions:

Omnipresent quasi-celebrity of the weekend: Stat Boy!

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Best acts: (in order)
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Velvet Revolver
- Woah. I was unprepared for them to be so good. And by so good, I mean SO FUCKING AWESOME. Blew every other act away. As fucked up as he might be, Scott Weiland is a fucking Rock Star.
Wu Tang - Obvs. Just wait 'til you see these photos. Best.
M.I.A. - She blew my shit right out of the water. Just incredible. people were going CRAZY during her set.
Peter, Bjorn and John - Another total surprise. Really good.
Dan Deacon/Girl Talk - Absolutely tore shit up in the dance tent before 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Honorable Mention: Regina Spektor - Greatest smile ever.

Worst Acts: (in order)
Smashing Pumpkins - Snooooooooooooze. So boring.
The Fratellis - The lead singer has curly hair, that's all I can remember about them. Totally non-descript rock. Boring.
Paolo Nutini - Someone called him "This year's James Blunt," which just about says it all.
Amy Winehouse - She is fucking gross and you cannot convince me otherwise.
Explosions in the Sky - Soft verse/loud chorus without the words. Boring.
Honorable Mention: The Police - Not really, but every song seemed to last for 10 minutes.

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Comments

The Fratellis were awesome.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2007 12:19 AM

I'm interested in how Velvet Revolver stacks up to Dappled Citys in your lexicon...in my opinion blows them and most of the other shoe gazer pop crap out of the galaxy...just my opinion;)

Posted by: Yale Bloor at August 7, 2007 2:17 PM

Interesting - because Paolo was just so great at Lollapalooza. Ugh.

Even better, he played immediately after Amy Winehouse. Even better - I missed them both in favor of Lupe Fiasco, who turned out to be the best thing I saw over all three days.

Posted by: keith at August 7, 2007 2:38 PM

Glad Peter Bjorn and John were good for you. I didn't love them at the 9:30 Club earlier this year... And awesome photos, of course.

Posted by: natalya at August 11, 2007 3:56 PM

Yeah F the Police! Atleast that's what the B-Boys left the stage too... Great photos dood

Posted by: n!ck at August 13, 2007 9:30 PM

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