I’m trying to catch up on my blogging since I’ve been too busy doing things to sit down and write about them.
Last I left the Pemberton Festival I was in a cafe on the third and final day. Day 2 was finished up with The Flaming Lips and Tom Petty. The Lips were awesome as always! Their show is a spectacle of chaos with confetti canons firing, a couple dozen people dressed as teletubbies dancing on the sides of the stage, and other random things happening during the performance. Wayne, the singer, came out in his giant transparent ball and rolled across the crowd. I love the Flaming Lips and I’m sad that I’m not going to see them again this summer.
Tom Petty was cool to watch too. Didn’t stay for the whole thing since an entire day in the dusty heat can wear you out. Fortunately, they had better communication about their shuttle service so we made it back to the campground without having to walk anywhere.
The last day started with Vampire Weekend. I was a little tired so I slept through most of their set and only opened my eyes for their big hit song. The singer had these goofy 80’s style sunglasses on and I thought he looked as though he belonged on the set of The Breakfast Club.
There was a big wait after Vampire Weekend since the next act was delayed by all the traffic in Pemberton. Finally, the hip-hop group N.E.R.D. hit the stage and got busy with the show. Now, I’m not a big fan of rap (you can’t spell ‘crap’ without ‘rap’) but these guys were pretty awesome. They somehow managed to get a pile of girls from the audience onstage for their last couple songs and it felt like I was seeing the 2 Live Crew.
The N.E.R.D. show was so good that we didn’t make it over to the sidestage to see Wintersleep until their last couple of songs. Great band and I’ll have to see a proper show by them one day.
For me, the highlight of the day was Death Cab For Cutie. I’m not a huge fan of their albums, but their show at Sasquatch earlier this year was heavier and really good so I wanted to see them again. They weren’t as heavy this time, but they were entertaining nonetheless.
Jay-Z was the second hip-hop act of the day and he was super good as well. I’m still not a rap fan, but I enjoyed their show, especially as they had a full live band who would bust out some AC/DC in the background while Jay-Z laid down his stuff.
Finally we waited in the cool evening for Coldplay. Another good band although, to be honest, I’m not as big a fan of these huge acts with the slick production behind them. It’s neat to watch, but I find that the music isn’t as much the focus when the stage is bombarding you with flashing lights and video clips.
So that was the end of Pemberton. We cut out from Coldplay early to beat the crowd back to parking. The next morning Amanda and I packed up at 6 and jetted home on the sea to sky before everyone else started stumbling out of the festival camping.