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Libertad: All Points West comes to New Jersey

Libertad: All Points West comes to New Jersey

Friday marked not only the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics, but also the first day of the first-ever All Points West Festival in Liberty State Park, New Jersey. New Yorkers gathered early in the day at the Wall Street Ferry at Pier 11, to board boats headed for the other side of the river. The first day of the weekend festival was a combination of strong performances, some unpredictable weather, and a couple of disappointments regarding the event’s organization (see one person’s comments at the bottom of this entry). But, after all, it is the first year. Some photos:

(The Statue of Liberty’s back faced the crowds at All Points West, but still provided a unique skyline for an outdoor event.)

(The Go! Team brought their fiery and bombastic live show to an early-day set at the festival.)

(“It” Brit singer Duffy waited out some rain before hitting the stage for her afternoon performance. The recent Spin cover girl has a voice from heaven and has earned a reputation as a more stable Amy Winehouse.)

(A view of the park and the audience, preparing for some nasty rain that would soon cease and create an amazing slice of weather.)

(Brazilian dance-rockers CSS livened up the crowd with the most colorful show of the day… so far.)

(Vancouver’s the New Pornographers have been on the road almost non-stop for two years. The band knows how to deliver a terrific rock show, and even threw in a short cover of Blind Melon’s “No Rain” in honor of the clear skies.)

(One of the biggest spectacles at All Points West, and easily the most energetic show, was the late afternoon performance by Girl Talk. The sampling DJ Gregg Gillis, seen here hunched over his two laptops and wearing a bandana, invited dozens of raucous audience members onto the stage and it became a full-blown dance party.)

(The audience at All Points West enjoys the end of a nice day, and the emergence of truly magical weather.)

(Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead mesmerize the crowd with a headlining set that was over two hours long. The band drew on mostly material from their latest album, In Rainbows, but also dipped into their back catalogue and even a few songs from their second album, The Bends. The show was intense and exceptional. Radiohead also draped two Tibetan flags over their equipment, presumably a silent protest against that same night’s Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.)

UPDATE: Someone named Joe has published the following commentary on an earlier All Points West blog post…

“Worst festival EVER!!!Don’t get me wrong because Radiohead was amazing, but the festival was horrible. I’ve never heard of a festival where you can only get 5 drinks and you had to drink them in a caged off area. I encourage everyone to bring lots of drugs because you won’t be able to drink while you are watching the shows. New Jersey SUX, and they should never have a festival again.

PS- the transportation to and from NYC sucked as well. For $34RT you can take a 5 min ferry, but you will have to wait an hour to board and walk a mile to the grounds. Whoever put on this event should CLUE THE FUCK IN!!!”

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