August 31st, 2012
We’re getting down to the last few hours before everything gets started tomorrow. It’s pretty exciting. But let’s approach this thing methodically. Here’s what we’d plan on for both days in terms of sets not to miss.
Today’s a day mostly for the Rocky and Liberty Stages. Funkagenda and Calvin Harris should be interesting to close out the night in the Freedom Tent. But we’ll probably be glued to the Rocky Stage for the first couple acts: Gary Clark Jr. and the men of Maybach Music Group (calendar idea!). We’ll hustle over to the Liberty Stage to make sure not to miss Janelle Monae after that. D’Angelo’s one of the most exciting acts of the whole weekend and his Rocky Stage set is one of the ONLY sets we feel is a MUST. After that, we’ll probably take a little break to put up a post and get some delicious food (see below) before getting back to the Rocky Stage for Passion Pit. One last visit to the Liberty Stage will be necessary to catch the Dirty Projectors, but after that it’s Miike Snow and Jay-Z for the night (with an aside to Calvin Harris‘ DJ set). Yes, that means we’ll be avoiding Skrillex. Even though it’s hard to imagine we’ll be able to protect our ears from the squeaks, skronks and bloops blasting from his Liberty Stage set. Let’s hope Jay-Z gives it all he’s got tomorrow night – what would be especially dope is if Beyonce and/or Frank Ocean were involved. Just sayin’.
Sunday’s an early start with The Hives kicking things off on the second stage right at 2pm. Then we get Santigold getting this started proper on the main stage. Perhaps a quick pop-in on the dance tent and a blog post before camping out for the Jill Scott set on the Rocky Stage. As soon as the last note is blasted from Jill’s lungs, it’ll be a full-on sprint for the Freedom Tent for DJ Shadow’s set. Boy, is Entroducing… (1996) good. And so is Preemptive Strike (1998) and The Private Press (2002). We’ve been waiting for the opportunity to see Josh Davis do his thing live for ages. Maybe before it’s over, though, we’ll hustle back to the Rocky Stage for Run-DMC. And after that it seems perfectly timed to run between Rocky and Liberty to catch the last awesome moments of the festival: Odd Future, then Drake, then X and then Pearl Jam. It’ll be a zig-zag and there’s, apparently, zero minutes between set times. Just as one ends another’ll get started.
There’s something for everyone, here, certainly. You’ll notice a hearty neglect of the Freedom Tent. S’all good! We just wanna see what’s on the stages a little more. Alright, a lot more.