This was my first year attending BottleRock. Overall, I had a blast checking out new music and bouncing from one photo pit to the next. Here's a breakdown of how I spent the three-day-weekend:
The first band I wanted to shoot didn't go on until 5 p.m but it was easy to keep myself entertained. I caught a few songs by White Sea and Fantastic Negrito.
The most entertaining band to shoot was Grouplove. I heard the band's hit single "Tounge Tied" on the radio, but I had a new appreciation for their music after their set.
Stevie Wonder closed out the main stage, but I chose to check out The Orwells after a few songs because the area was packed.
I decided to explore the festival grounds once I got to BottleRock. I people watched and noticed various sculptures. I walked past the silent disco —which had people flailing around a gated courtyard— and I saw festival goers laying on top of each other exhausted from the previous night.
There was absolutely no shade near the main stage unless you shelled out a bunch of money to hang out in the giant VIP canopy facing the stage. Walk The Moon Singer Nicholas Petricca, beat the heat by pointing a fan at himself during his set.
Glam-inspired band, The Struts sported black clothing and long sleeve sequence shirts despite the heat.
The highlight of my night was shooting pictures of Florance Welch of Florance + The Machine. All photographers had to wait until right before she went on, then run a mile from the media room to the main stage — while carrying heavy ass cameras. Once we got to the stage we had to cram into a small area near the sound booth and were only allowed to enter the photo pit once she came on stage.
I kicked off BottleRock Sunday by seeing Misterwives on the Jam Cellars stage. I hadn't heard of the band before the festival, but I tagged along with new friends to shoot the bands set anyway. I found myself sticking around and dancing to the music after hitting the photo pit.
After, I stopped by the Media tent and sat in on a Q&A with Andrew McMahon. He was dressed casually and wore flip flops and talked about and what set his project Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness apart from his past musical projects.