Date: March 8th-11th, 2012
Location: Denton, TX
Size: 4,000 ish
Lineup: Built To Spill, Bun B, Best Coast, Mountain Goats, Devine The Dude, The Raincoats, Atlas Sound, The Oh Sees, Dum Dum Girls, Designer Drugs, The Hood Internet, Class Actress, Oberhofer, Light Asylum, Gardens & Villa, Peaking Lights, High Places, G Side, Wooden Wand, Cowboy and Indian, Teengirl Fantasy, Night Beats, Bleached.
Crowd: The crowd was pretty freaking horrible. Texas hipsters were really just not that nice. I don’t think I made a friend the whole weekend which is really weird. The crowd seemed to just talk to their friends and no outsiders which really effected my views of the festival.
Organization: Well let’s see. The Sunday night headliner, Jesus and Mary Chain, didn’t show up because their visa paperwork was incomplete. They rescheduled for the following Wednesday but I was already long gone. This was about as big a a mistake as you could make. The bathrooms and security was fine.
Stages: 35 Denton had two large stages going during the day and then it split into 11 smaller venues at night. This was a great setup. One of the stages had a jumbo tron which was so big and overdone for such a small show that it ended up being kind of funny. See pic below. The bar shows kind of gave you a house party feel. You could go from one stage to the next with almost no problem at all if you planned your night well.
Landscape: 35 Denton was held in a parking lot so it was asphalt with no where to sit. You definitely felt it at the end of the day.
Food: You had your option of food trucks or walking around and finding a restaurant in town. Nothing really special but there was something for everyone.
What makes this festival special? It’s small. It’s cheap. You get to see a bunch of up and coming bands.
What could be improved? The bands did not seem to be very excited to be playing there. It did rain most of the festival so the crowd was not very large but it shouldn’t really matter. I would also like to stress how important it is to have your headliner show up.
Overall Rating: 2 and a half stars. I would go to this festival again if I lived in Dallas or within an hours drive.