Saturday, we get up and start the ritual of a couple drinks in the morning while we pour booze into sandwich bags to sneak into the Gorge. That works pretty well, actually. We get into the festival a little after 1 and start the shit show. Brother Ali, Minus the Bear, Andy Haynes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Patton Oswald, The Posies, Broken Social Scene, The National, Vampire Weekend, Z-trip. The big highlights were Vampire Weekend, who put on a very fun show filled with energy and Z-trip which was exactly what I needed to get my dance on.
Sunday, We were all feeling a bit shagged and fagged and fashed, it being a night of no small expenditure. It's a little bit harder to get moving, but seeing Luke Burbank was really important to me. We got there just in time and I only missed a little bit of the beginning of his set. After that, the day only got better. The Long Winters, They Might Be Giants, Mike Birbiglia, Tegan and Sara, LCD Soundsystem, Pavement, Public Enemy, Massive Attack and Booka Shade. LCD Soundsystem blew up the Gorge and was the highlight of the festival for me. Massive Attack has an amazing visual show and sounded great. They Might Be Giants were also a big highlight for me, putting on a very strong set. Sunday night, after leaving the show, it was a big explore the campsite night, as parties were going on all night long. A lot more drinking and chaos follow.
Monday, the slowest start of the day yet. Everyone in the camp is definitely feeling the inertia creep, moving up slowly. But there wasn't anyone we were dying to see early in the day, so we take our time. We inside in time to catch the Drive-By Truckers at 3 and from there, it's mostly a day at the mainstage hanging out, leaving just once to see The Mountain Goats. Passion Pit, She & Him, Band of Horses, MGMT, Ween and wrapping up the night with Boys Noize. John Darnielle is very fun to watch and makes the Mountain Goats the highlight of the day, with the other surprise being how much I loved Ween's live act. It is decided that we are leaving in the cover of night and we get back into Seattle around 4 am.