I forgot to add that the lines for the Food Trucks were awful. Many of them ran out of food, and the ones that did have food had extremely long lines. Hopefully they had more trucks in West Palm
Nope. It was a disaster. The sun was extremely brutal, there were about 6-7 food trucks for tens of thousands of people. The lines took about 35-40 minutes in the shortest line (and that was just to order, not to wait for the food). The food was delicious and they were pretty efficient but there definitely should have been double the food trucks that there were. Most of them ran out of food. Definitely could have been more organized. It was a great concert though. Matt & Kim killed it and I wasn't even really a fan before last night.
1) Crowds seemed small. I had pit tickets, and two minutes before Matt and Kim took the stage I could have still been on the rail if I wanted to (stage left or right). The physical seats looked maybe half full (that's probably being generous), and the lawn had a fair amount of people, but plenty of room to show up late and still be able to spread a blanket out. In comparison, the only other band I've seen at this venue is Journey, and there was literally no space on the lawn.
2)The alcohol situtation was a disaster. Apparently the alcohol permit only covers the "ampitheatre", not the field outside which is where the second stage and food trucks were. What that meant was if you were trying to take your alcohol from the main stage to the second stage, you had to finish it or throw it out before "exiting" the ampitheatre and going to the second stage. Not to mention that alcohol sales weren't allowed at the second stage. I hate to use Bonnaroo as a comparison, because of there being a much smaller amount of people, but it would be similar to having to finish your beer when trying to go from the What Stage to the Which Stage, and not being allowed to purchase alcohol once you've arrived at the Which Stage.
3)The bands were very good overall. Most of the lineup has been to Bonnaroo within the last couple years, so I had had a chance to catch most of them. I missed Fitz and the Tantrums last year at roo, so I was most looking forward to seeing them, and they were great. Joy Formidable was also great. I didn't really get into Passion Pit, but I never have really gotten into them live. I just don't think they translate very well live.
Overall, I had a really good time. For being a first time festival, it certainly had some bumps, but bumps that can be fixed if the festival is allowed to grow. It reminded me a lot of a smaller version of Orlando Calling from 2011, a music festival that had some great bands, but small crowds. Hopefully it makes enough money to justify a return visit next year.
1. I don't know if bands say this at every show but the singer for Fitz and the Tantrums said the crowd at West Palm was way better than in Tampa. The seats were pretty much full to capacity, the lawn was pretty crowded and the pit was half to 3/4 full. It was a pretty awesome show.
2. We were allowed to travel between the main and second stage with our beers but the food trucks were "not allowed" to sell any drinks so we would have to buy food and then go across the venue to get a drink.
3. The bands sounded great. The singer for Fitz seemed bored and like he was just going through the motions to get through the show. Matt & Kim absolutely killed it and Two Door was great as always. It was nice to be able to see a couple of bands that I missed at Roo this year too.
2/25: RL Grime w/Djemba Djemba
2/28: Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/Flat Land
3/14: Hundred Waters w/Mitski
3/28: Sylvan Esso
4/12: Phillip Glass and Tim Fain
5/8-5/9: Big Guava Music Festival