Pitch Please: Festival fun
This past Saturday, Sept. 21, I attended my first music festival: Virgin Mobile FreeFest down in Columbia to be exact. I made it a mission to attend this year, refreshing that web page a good 20 times to get those tickets. And let me tell you something…this festival was an experience! I don’t think I’ve ever smelled so much cigarette smoke and inhaled so many marijuana fumes since I’ve started college. I was probably high just from contact for most of the festival, not that I would know what that’s like, but enough about that. Let’s get to the music. I had my whole itinerary planned: Sky Ferreira, Chvrches, Icona Pop, Kaskade, Robin Thicke and Madeon, but since it was a Saturday and I didn’t feel like waking up early, I didn’t see Sky’s 1 p.m. set and missed the beginning half of Chvrches. Their set was very good, especially when they performed “Under the Tide.” I watched people roll around in mud and talk about how they were missing Dayglow before Icona Pop took the stage and got turnt taking swigs of Heineken after each song and offered to have a beer with the thousands of people watching them.
A quick surveying of the rest of the venue, I found myself with all the colorful, scantily clad EDM-lovers who flocked from the Dance Forest for DJ Kaskade’s set, bringing a girl who was either complaining or bragging that she “popped the whole Molly!” and I acted like the designated shelter spot due to my abnormally large umbrella being a tree in the eyes of most of the shorter festival-goers. Other than my arm going numb for a while, his set was amazing and I got to rage (totally unimpaired) with some guys from Virginia.
Robin Thicke was the last act I saw because all the raging before left me quite exhausted and I didn’t think I could go again when Madeon came on. He was entertaining to say the least, but I was too busy watching one of his background dancers giving fashion shoot realness on top of the piano while he was ad-libbing and making panties wet when he performed “Lost Without U.” Or maybe it was the rain…
I will definitely be going to more festivals after this.