Photos by David Rubene
Well folks, festival season has begun. I hope you stocked up on sunscreen, energy drinks, and money for overpriced everything! Buckle up and brace yourself for a bumpy, exhilarating, and exhausting ride!
Sunday started off early with my photographer picking me up as I was still nursing my hangover from the Rock the Boat show. We drove the hour out to Somerset, WI and parked in the super exclusive media parking lot with our fancy parking pass. Okay, parking wasn’t glamorous but what happened next was like a dream. We walked past the group of people who had gathered near the gate and walked right into the empty festival grounds. It was eerily creepy but made me feel like a true rockstar. Dave (photo extraordinaire) showed me around the grounds. He showed me all of the vital spots like the Fireball Whiskey tent and the VIP bar that I had access to. As we made our way around the grounds, he led me up towards the main stage and through a tiny hole in the fence into a modest sized tent full of tables.
I had found myself in the middle of the media tent and it truly felt like I was living the rockstar life. I grabbed the first of many free Monster Energy Drinks from the cooler and just watched all of the podcast and radio guys around me setting up their computers and planning out their days. I didn’t want to get in anyone’s way so I made my way back out to the grounds just in time to see people flooding in. I headed towards one of the smaller stages to see some of the first bands of the day but before I knew it, it was 11:45 and it was time for me to do my first “real” interview of the day and of all time. More on that interview to come!
As I recovered from the nerves of doing my first interview and let the adrenaline settle, I made my way back out to the crowd and spent the rest of the day bouncing between stages and the media tent and just taking it all in. I got to see bands I had seen countless times and bands that I never thought I’d see or even wanted to see. There were highlights, low-lights and everything in-between.
St Croix Stage
Gojira, Fozzy, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Bleeker, Sylar, Badflower, Cold KingdomStillwater Stage
Amon Amarth, Opeth, Attila, Radkey, Goodbye June, The Charm The FuryMonster Energy Main Stage
Kid Rock, The Offspring, Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, Nothing More, Motionless In White, Starset
Yesterday was one of those days where I felt like a complete rockstar and I loved absolutely every second of it. I got to do my first legit interview with a band. I got to hang out in the coveted “media tent” and got to see far too many bands to list. It was perfection.
It’s festival season. I’m currently taking donations of sunscreen, energy drinks, coffee, and money so I can keep up!