I don’t consider a trip to New Jersey traveling. Especially since I live in New York. But getting to All Points West Festival was quite a trek in itself. JC and I drove to Prospect Park from Bensonhurst and parked the car near the Grand Army Plaza train station. We took the 2 train to Park Place and connected to the PATH train. Once we got into Jersey, we hopped on the light rail to Liberty State Park. It was at least a 20 minute walk before arriving to the venue.
I tiptoed through the grass with my off-white slip on’s in an attempt to avoid the mud. The more I walked, the more irritated I became. We were following the masses but I didn’t understand why no one walked on the paved road. It’s there for a reason. I guess everyone was just too eager to get there and walking on the grass was the preferred shortcut.
Half way to the venue, the bottom half of my shoes were already caked in mud. It gets worse. Once we got inside, I dipped my foot into a mud hole – both of them. The cold, slimy gunk penetrating my shoes sky rocketed my irritation level from a 3 to a 9, on a scale of 1 to 10. I pretty much destroyed my TOMS Shoes. This was my first concert festival ever and I’m already making bad memories. What a way to go. Lessons learned – never wear white shoes at an outdoor rock festival and invest in rain boots. But the silver lining was that I managed to get an All Points West T-shirt from my boyfriend.
We arrived to the main stage after 6:30PM. Go Gol Bordello was playing. They were pretty good. My Bloody Valentine…not so much. I don’t know how you call holding the same painful note for 25 minutes music but that’s what they played. My ears bled. Maybe that’s why they call themselves My “Bloody” Valentine. A girl standing in front of me saw me in excruciating pain and handed me ear plugs. What a lifesaver!
Tool did not disappoint. Good music always sounds better when it’s live. They started the show with Jambi and rocked hard till the end of the night.