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What if...Festival Edition

Posted on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments8 Comments

Since festivals are all the rage these days...I was wondering: what if a festival promised non-stop music for, say, three or four days?

I'm not quite certain how many bands that would be, but we're talking about 24 hours of music. That means nite owls could enjoy some Metal at 4 a.m. and early birds can rock out at 8 a.m. I highly doubt both groups were ever intersect because, well, humans need sleep.

The prospect of paying for a ticket and enjoying live music at any moment of the day is quite intoxicating. Still, there would be lots of questions: if the music is non-stop, when do the headliners play? Who plays at 3 a.m.? 9 a.m.? How do you have enough staff to support such an event?

My guess is that headliners could still play around 11 p.m. and smaller or more obscure bands could play in the true dead of night.


Here are some bands I think could, ahem, "set the night on fire."


Here's Stars from Mars



Here's Pretty Boy Floyd



Here's W.A.S.P.



So what do you think of my band choices to play in the "dead of night?" More importantly, do you think a 24/7 festival is possible? I think it sounds both fun and downright exhausting. I await your comments.

Reader Comments (8)

I am all for PBF playing at 3 am, while I am happily asleep.
June 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
I think Stars from Mars is a lte nighter, but PBF is a Noon or 1pm band and WASP is probably warm up to the main act or just before in my book.

Dead of night bands should be more obscure like, Baton Rouge, Diamond Rexx, or Thunder or any of those bands still play but you ger the idea.
June 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterreptilblvd
very bad idea, I dont wanna see any band before noon or after midnigth, thats just wrong, audience crowds need to sleep too.
June 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersleazyrocker
In Richmond, they tried to have a 24 hour festival several times.

In 1974, the police tried to make some drug arrests, and it turned into a riot. One of the Times-Dispatch reporters I used to know before he retired from there got beaten by a cop during the melee.

In 1978 (or '79) they had it at the Fairgrounds. At the time we lived about a mile away and could hear everything CLEARLY. So my step-father called the police to complain, and they said, "Oh, yeah, we know, we have the back door open and we can hear it too," and they were five miles away! It was still going strong on Sunday, and then...total silence except for sirens. The grandstand collapsed! Because of the noise complaints plus the grandstand incident, they didn't allow concerts at the Fairgrounds until about 10 years later, but that fizzled out when Richmond International Raceway (also at the same complex) bought out the Fairgrounds.

I think a 3-5 day festival with reasonable hours (and sleeping times) is better. Knowing my luck, my favorite bands would be scheduled for o-dark-hundred. ;)

>^--^< (Sleepy kitty)
June 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChessie
Hey, I'd LOVE To see Baton Rouge or Thunder live. I'd stay up for them !!!

June 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
stars from mars = amazing hands down i loveee them
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDirty Angel
Check out the killer Motley review on the IGN site: http://music.ign.com/articles/884/884946p1.html
June 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRory6
Are you talking about the Rock Gone Wild festival that's supposed to be Aug 19-23, 2009? According to rumors on fevertalk.net (Rocklahoma boards) it's a 5 day festival with 24 hour non-stop rock including 70+ "rock legends" and 50+ Indie bands. I personally think that there should be a stopping point each day -- that's just too much. (Especially for most of us old rockers who need our beauty sleep!)
June 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLoveBites

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