If you don't like good beer or family friendly music, this is the event for you!
To be fair, I got to the First Flush a few hours after opening and with a poor attitude. I'd hoped things would get better. Nope. Parking was, of course, as far as you could get from the event; forgiveable, but made worse by a parking attendant who directed us the nearest entrance, only to be turned away to re-trace our steps as it was "reentry only".
Upon entering we were subjected to the worst disappointment: the beer selection. Although the beer was provided by Lee Distributors (maybe the biggest craft beer supplier in town), the selection was limited to light american lagers and RJ Rockers peach beer. No local beers, no craft beers. I felt like I was at Wave-Fest circa 2002. Maybe all the good beer was allocated to Brittlebank park beer fest? $5 for a 16oz miller was expensive but expected (festival draft cups are usually 20oz, with craft beers in 16oz). $8 for a vodka drink (firefly sweet tea conspicuously absent) was just gouging.
The food trucks were great (as always) and there seemed to enough to serve everyone. I particularly enjoyed my Auto-Banh bahn mi.
The grounds are nice, with plenty of shade. There is however, a major bottleneck: a choke point the width of a single sidewalk that separates the entrance, the toilets, and most of the food from the main area. A handful of foot bridges over the ubiquitous ditches would help relieve pedestrian congestion.
My second biggest complaint is the music selection. Not that it was bad, but when Old Crow Medicine Show is headlining, I expect some complimentary music, not the mix of local rock and white-guy reggae/hip hop that dominated the (loud) main stage. None of it was terribly family-friendly. No bluegrass, no americana, no old-timey music was to be heard. Some of the best music could barely be heard, coming from the very quiet second stage.
The other bottleneck becomes apparent when 1000 cars try to leave at the same time: there's only one way out. I don't think it would be asking too much to divert some of those beer profits to building a second exit. We weren't the last cars in, but it took a solid 45 minutes to get to Maybank Hwy at midnight.
I went to First Flush a few years ago when it was a smaller affair. Now that it's grown into it's current incarnation I won't be going back.
$35 Weekend Pass — includes both days, 10% off of your bar tab AND a downloadable mixtape of tracks from all Sol Slam artists
* $15 Friday Night
* $25 Saturday Full Festival — includes all day and night shows and fun
* $20 Saturday Night Only — ticket valid for 7pm to the end of the night (Reckoning, Yarn, Dangermuffin, Sol Driven Train)
* $5 Saturday Day — only walkup tickets available
Punk is dead.
What is punk? An interesting question that will lead to hours and hours of debate, with the disciples of 80s West Coast Punk-D.C. Punk arguing for ascetic purity and self-flagellation while the lovers of 90s pop punk will argue that it largely comes down to which T-shirts at Hot Topic were the most popular. Nearly all will ignore that 70s punk was motivated more by poverty than anything else while the proto-punk of the late 60s was fueled by drugs and art house-shock theater pretentions; "punk" was not on their minds. Money and fame were.
And just in case anyone has forgotten, the Sex Pistols were a pre-fab band hand-selected by a fashion designer.
green day? really? The Whitney Houston of punk? Who cares, Haire? You wouldn't know punk if it hit you in the head with a dead fish
Wiki sums it up pretty nicely.
"In hip hop's earliest days, the music only existed in live form, and the music was spread via tapes of parties and shows.Hip Hop mixtapes first appeared in the mid-1970s in New York City, featuring artists such as Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaata. As more tapes became available, they began to be collected and traded by fans. In the mid-1980s, DJs, such as Brucie B, began recording their live music and selling their own mixtapes, which was soon followed by other DJs such as Kid Capri and Doo Wop. Ron G moved the mixtape forward in the early 1990s by blending R&B a cappellas with hip hop beats (known as "blends"). Blend tapes became increasingly popular by the mid-1990s, and fans increasingly looked for exclusive tracks and freestyles on the tapes. Also since the 1990s, it describes releases used to promote one or more new artists, or as a pre-release by more established artists to promote upcoming "official" albums. In the hip hop scene, mix tape is often displayed as a single term mixtape."
quien sera BILLY?
I'm gonna go ahead and not make it to this gig.
Interesting until the Morrissey on quaaludes vocals kicked in.
Also, that's not "noise". Not even close.
Go ahead. Try this.
Boy, I bet if those guys were any good someone might give enough of a shit to put them into NME's list of snarkiest popstar quotes.
Excuse my ignorance, but what is a "mixtape"?
Two more are now live! Dogs of War and Total Package. Peep game, Charleston. That's what rappers say right? Peep game? Word.
Jack Hunter auditioned for this.
What are the dates? Tickets online shows 21 and 22nd while this article shows 22 and 23
No doubt. Being on the way to somewhere else is a major factor when touring. Helps a lot. And Chs isn't.
Things are not as barren as they used to be. Passion Pit, Beach House have played one off shows at
the Farm. Not a consistent flow though.
I think the majority of musical taste here goes toward rockabilly as opposed to indie/synthpop too so that's a big factor.
Probably because there's only one interstate in and out of here. If we were better linked to Atlanta and Raleigh, then maybe....
IDK, it would be great to snag a relevant indie rock fest here. But AVL with Moogfest/Mountain Oasis and SVH's Stopover already have that covered.
We have a great local scene but Charleston seems to have less pull/cred on the national indie rock scene than AVL's Orange Peel or Carrboros Cats Cradle for example.
Trombone Shorty is awesome. Worth the price of admission alone.
Diversifying would be asking Michael Franti to reform Beatnigs to play.
Band of Horses, Head and the Heart and Dawes! That's awesome... I'm glad they are diversifying a little bit.
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