I didn't plan on going, but having ADHD, binge watching is not something I'm likely to do. But I did manage to watch 9 out of the 18 episodes, plus the first episode of the new series. I also watched 6 episodes of Ranma 1/2. It wasn't until 7:00 pm on Saturday, that I decided that I should probably go down to the music festival.
Declining a free ticket from our Development Director at work, I did not see the main acts. Which was fine since I really wasn't into the headliners this year. That's why I didn't shell out $50 to see the remaining bands, especially when up-and-coming bands were performing at the free stages. Even in the past, when I had the opportunity to see the main acts, I preferred the free stages - not because it's free or the bands are better, but because the crowed is better.
Early in the evening, the Kum & Go stage had a pretty awesome punk band. I forgot their name. And towards the end of the night, while the Saturday main act, Cake, was on stage, the HyVee EDM stage had an awesome DJ spinning. I just wished that they had better light show to accompany the music.
The great thing about the free stages is that, if you're a trend forecaster, you can observe what the kids are into, sort of a "market research". If you're a savvy marketer, you'll learn where to invest your time, money, resources, etc. It's a known fact that what's cool is dictated by the youth. And when the grown-ups or marketers catch on, that means that it's time to move on to that next cool thing.
|hands down, the best shirt at 80/35 this year.|
Check out some of the photos from the festival here: 80/35 Photos. (A few of them were shot by my friends and sometime collaborators, Anna Frederick & Cody Osen)
I can't tell you if I enjoyed 80/35, or if I think that this year was better than the previous ones. I had a good time, for sure, but mainly because people were generally having a great time. I only observed a small portion of it, so I can't judge the festival as a whole. Whatever I feel about it, it's important to support these type of events. They bring variety to the city, and it's something to do. I applaud the people behind events like this. Good job!