Somewhere between listening to myself from the night before and being presently aware of how amazing Sunday was, I literally had to sleep in the car before I left the grounds.
Sunday was honestly just an exhilarating day. It was full of bands, DJ sets, organized chaos, people coming up to me complimenting by beautiful little hat. Not to mention that the sets I caught were all on point. I started off with Little Dragon’s who played through their new album Ritual Union. My friend was pretty impressed that she sounded, they sounded, exactly like they did on their album. For me though, as much as the sings were familiar, LD sounded a lot more robust and gave ample space to improvise without loosing the audiences interest.
Today unfortunately was also the most jam packed schedul- wise because everyone I wanted to see was playing on top of another. For that reason, I only caught 30 minutes of most sets. After Little Dragon, I headed over to ATB who from the get-go had en masse more energy from the entire crowd, than the previous two days. Perhaps it was because he started strong with “Ecstasy” but he never let the energy die down, even if it was a larger beats set, the trance was possibly what made the set so refreshing.
I had to get out to go catch Of Montreal. The ATB crowd was raging so hard that it was somewhat suffocating to go past them, not to mention taunting since I wanted to stay and watch. Also an A+ for ATB’s courtesy.
Of Montreal never necessarily worked for me in a recorded studio album, but that’s probably why their music and setup is incredible live. Isn’t that what people also said about The Grateful Dead (“Shakedown Street”)? From the start the band were the gayest (not as in homosexual) people there. I honestly thought from the amount of bros in the audeince that there would never be any room for this sort of flamboyancy or camp. Well was I wrong, Sunday was the campiest of days! And everyone seemed to like it more because of it.
As soon as their set began, leader Kevin walked out in drag looking like a Wicker Park forty year old graphic designer, and the large group began to distribute a chain of balloons amongst the crowd. As the set went on it seemed like everyone was really horny. Not to mention all the bulges, and boobies, oy vey. The entire amount of set that I caught was just fire, pure fire, pure Judy fire.
Gogol Bordello was right after Of Montreal, which is fitting, but not matchey-matchey like eyeshadow to your earring and purse matchey, you know? Of course, Gogol had a large amount of fans there. All dressed like them, mustaches, hair–it was like the reverse of a Spice Girls group of fans, or was it?
Again, the set was just vivid. Now I may not know enough about the gypsy lifestyle besides what I was able to gather on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding but no one there seemed to embody that. It was more like Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The set went either really “gypsy” or really heavy metal. I wasn’t sure if any moshing went down though, mainly because I stayed away from the key moshing areas.
I ended the night as one with the crowd and the universe, not to mention I saw those UFO lights that were seen above Japan floating above the east side of the festival in front of the Sears tower. Also I opted to catch Bassnectar because I had seen Thievery Corporation already.
Bassnectar represented all the things I disliked in previous days, but he also added things that I liked in there. If this was a salad, he added my fav croutons (hip-hop), and dressing (lyrics). Like most people, I was exhausted, but I still danced through the whole set, I still went at it mesmerized by the lights, the tunes and he even called us all beautiful. Yeah, I know. No one else did that all weekend.
Maybe the Dove campaign needs to get Bassnectar as a spokesperson. Because you know what, for that Sunday we were all beautiful carnage just jiving the last day of summer away. Luckily all the sets we caught made us want to jive, not just jiving because we paid for it. Here’s to next year!
* I shoot with film so “high quality” photographs will not be available until after the festival.