Jun 9, 2014

The Nelsonville Music Festival: Prefection

We came for Kurt Vile and fell in love with a festival.

 

 

You know that concept, something is so good that you feel no one else deserves to know about it? Well, that was my first reaction after attending the Nelsonville Music Festival. Even as I write this, I consider retracting my personal infatuation and regurgitate a generic band-by-band review… with photos.

 

 

Unfortunately for me, I can no longer contain myself. The Nelsonville Music Festival was, hands-down, the absolute best festival I have ever attended. NO, I didn’t have that life altering experience of losing myself feet from the stage with my favorite band in the world. In all actuality, it had far less to do with the bands and everything to do with the fans.

 

 

First and foremost, NMF was the best organized event I have ever attended, let alone festival. From the moment I walked through the single entrance point and were informed I could come and go as I please, I was in love. From segmenting the main stage viewing area into sitting and standing sections, to having a plethora of bathrooms, to turning a corner and walking directly into a competitive game of tag, my experience at NMF was perfect.

 

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Photo stolen from Athens News

However, I was far from alone in my feelings. The biggest musical surprise of NMF was The Head & The Heart. While you still wont find me listening to their music by my own free will, they exuded such modesty and appreciation that I couldn’t dare write them off before having a listen. Not only did they deliver the most entertaining set of the festival, they couldn’t stop praising the staff and basically begged to be invited back… there’s no doubt they will.

Best Set: The Head & The Heart

Best Musicianship: Lucius

Best Solo Act: Shakey Graves

Kurt Vile: Kurt Vile

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