How many of these blogs' first word is likely to be well. I guarantee most of them will start well this is my blog, or well this is my first post or some such similar posting.
Well then first post of a blog, as this is hosted by efestivals and because I have a different general music blog over at blogger, look for readyartbrut, I thought keep this to festival related.
You may know that I went to the Warped tour in California last month, the Warped tour is an established one day travelling punk festival. This year it was headlined by NOFX and Less than jake.
Outside of the opportunity to see nofx in California, this was one experience that we said ok, we have done that, no need to go again. If we did go again, it would be to a place that we new would not be so warm. Los Angeles on that day was blistering, it was so hot, and there was no shade, I burned badly.
The nice things about warped though is one the cheap merch, two the bands are ordinarily at their merch table and three lots and lots of free CD's.
The not so nice things are of course the heat, the really really over priced drinks and food, $4.50 for water, that’s around £3.75, even by the standard set by the likes of V or Leeds/Reading. The bands sets as well, I understand this but I couldn't say I was happy with it. With so many bands on even headliners only got 30 minutes. Also the queues, although the got through them pretty quick, the queue to get in was perhaps a kilometre, maybe even a mile, it was massive, and it would have been longer still if we hadn't sneaked in.
So bands, we saw Nofx, Anti flag, Senses fail, Alexisonfire, The Living End, Helmet, and a fair few more, but they were the standouts, particularly The Living End, who are rumoured to be supporting the Dropkicks and LTJ on their UK tour.
I would recommend Warped though, go if you can, enjoy it, get there early and take a rucksack, you get a lot of free stuff.