All Points West Fest coming to Jersey City

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This is happening in August, approximately one mile from my front door. I am seriously debating the purchase of the very expensive ticket, because maybe we’ll be able to hear everything from our rooftop. How upset will I be if it sells out, and I have to suffer from hearing the noise and amazement of the crowd, without being able to join them? Will I regret not being on the ground floor and grabbing amazing photographs? Should I try and find an organization that wants me to cover it for them?

I’m not one for crowds, but the bands I am most interested in seeing are:

Radiohead — Friday and Saturday
Underworld — Friday
The Go! Team — Friday
Girl Talk — Friday
Juana Molina * — Friday
Andrew Bird — Friday
Grizzly Bear * — Friday
Mates of State * — Friday
Animal Collective * — Saturday
Chromeo * –Saturday
Cat Power — Sunday
Neil Halstead — Sunday

(* And I’ve already seen them another time.)

It took a long time for us to find out that this was even happening in Liberty State Park. Certainly we hadn’t heard about it until after ticket sales were open online, and much of the event had been planned. I wonder how much press the show will get, and furthermore I wonder if we can rent out our couches to show-goers at an outrageous fee, since there are no good hotels in the area.

The only event we have attended in the park was going to see the simultaneous fireworks displays both in Jersey City and lower Manhattan this past fourth of July. The crowd was pretty intense, though the ride over by Hudson-Bergen Light Rail was quite easy (its just one stop over). Most of the walking comes from actually crossing the length of the park. If we could hop on a boat over to the end of the park, it would take all of three minutes to get here.

In fact, that is pretty much my neighborhood up above in the picture on the foreground of the left hand side of the photo. You can see the Statue of Liberty between buildings as you walk in certain areas of Downtown Jersey City, and its quite nice!

Now, is it worth $300 to attend the three-day festival? You can’t bring food or drinks, and its certainly going to be more crowded than on the fourth of July. I want to make a decision soon so that I’m not locked out of buying tickets if I decide to go for it!

One Comment

  1. christina wrote:

    I guess I live under a rock because this is the first I’ve heard of the show!

    I’d love to see a bunch of those bands… but the crowds scare the crap out of me.

    I most likely won’t go.


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