I had a very enjoyable festival and have come away with mostly very positive thoughts. To start off,
- The entry queues on Thursday were, as everyone's said, big. I can't complain as I lucked out with a spot toward the front of the queue and was ushered in by security after just 20 or so minutes after arriving. I totally understand why so many people were frustrated with it as I heard reports of ~90 minute wait to get in. No shade, water facilities and toilets nearby was an oversight too.
- The large queues at some of the bars on the Thursday was frustrating too. This is down to the bar systems failing, which I heard from others had happened at other points during the day (the bar staff were handing out of plenty of ice for free for whoever asked though).
- The VIP area was clearly too large. I actually appreciated how it only restricted access to one side of the stage rather than the entirety of the front of stage like many golden circle areas do at gigs. But yeah, it looked absolutely ridiculous at times and the organisers surely must agree.
- Probably the best set of live performances I've seen over a weekend at a festival. Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Tame Impala were stunning but I really don't think I saw anything I'd consider bad. It lived up to the billing. Probably my favourites excluding the obvious big hitters, were The Big Moon and Coro Novoa.
- The screens at the two biggest stages, and the sound at every stage, was brilliant. You could be a considerable distance away from a stage and still see and hear it all. I said it earlier but The Loop was an amazing stage. Tame Impala's visuals were incredible to see. Got me imagining how mind-blowing King Giz would be on there.
- After the Thursday, I didn't queue for more than 10 minutes for drinks at any point. The bar at the Thunder Bitch stage was always quiet and the bars nearby were equally quick and painless. I timed it as to not meet the mass migration after a big act had just finished and it worked out perfectly. The amount of spirits you could get for €16 was great value.
- The 'alternating two main stage' setup worked very well. You couldn't see a run of two acts both in the pits at the front, but if you opted for a far back spot for one, you could easily get a great spot for the next. I easily got to the front of the stage for Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails by doing it.
- The festival was pretty accessible by train and the bus journey to Colon was quick and cheap for three nights. I thought aesthetically the festival looked wonderful and the weather was brilliant too. I thought the fake grass was a great idea although I know some people got some static shocks from it.
TL;DR some organisational issues on the first day but stellar music, sound, weather and quick service meant I had a thoroughly enjoyable time. I'd definitely consider going back again if the lineup was somehow as good.