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APW Day 3: All Points WET

APW Day 3: All Points WET

Day Three of All Points West earned the nickname “All Points Wet,” as the rain of Friday returned for more downpour and a river of mud. The early bands were forced to cancel their sets, with shows starting in earnest around 5 p.m. Most of the attendees sported rain boots, while others decided to take a less conservative approach, like the kids pictured above. Overall, the festival ended with a bang and not a whimper. It was a marked improvement over Year One in 2008: better bands, easier lines, flawless ferry boats, and bigger beer gardens. Here are some memorable moments from the final day:

(Guy Garvey from Manchester’s Elbow was a charismatic and forceful presence on Sunday afternoon. His stellar band was a crowd-pleaser, wooing the audience with blissful tunes from their recent album, The Seldom Seen Kid.)

(The members of Elbow gathered in one corner to take a shot of Jägermeister and begin the lovely song “Weather To Fly.”)

(Swedish dance/pop singer Lykke Li is a little played-out in my opinion, but she did her best Mary Kate Olsen impression at the festival.)

(Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys didn’t let the subtle textures of the duo’s latest album keep him from giving it all full-stomp holler. He is one great rock guitarist, and he pierced the skies with thick blues riffs.)

(You gotta hand it to festival headliners, Coldplay. They acknowledge that they’ve morphed from “the next Radiohead” into a Top 40 band, and they wear that contradiction on their uniformed sleeves. Here is leader Chris Martin at the beginning of their set. He would later pay tribute to the Beastie Boys with a solo piano adaptation of “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party).”)

(Near the end of their set, the band walked onto a makeshift stage in the middle of the crowd to perform tunes like “Green Eyes” and a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”)

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