Concert Festivalist

Festivalist '09: All Points West

Back for round 2 is AEG’s All Points West Music & Arts Festival.  2008 had a drool-worthy line-up that featured the likes of Ben Harper, The Roots, The New Pornographers, Girl Talk, Rodrigo y Gabriela, CSS and Chromeo to name a few.  Highlights that will be making their way to Jersey City, NJ in ’09 are Beastie Boys, Tool, Coldplay, Vampire Weekend, the National, Arctic Monkeys, Neko Case, MGMT, the Black Keys and Lykke Li.  Ridiculous, I know.

What: All Points West Music & Arts Festival 2009

When: July 31st – August 2nd

Where: Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ

Headliners: Beastie Boys, Tool, Coldplay

Artist Highlights: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fleet Foxes, Vampire Weekend, the National, Q-Tip, Ra Ra Riot, Arctic Monkeys, Neko Case, MGMT, Tim & Eric, the Black Keys, Lykke Li, the Ting Tings, the Cool Kids, Tokyo Police Club, We Are Scientists, Steel Train

Tickets: 3-Day passes are $199.  Single Day passes are $89.  On sale Friday, April 3rd.

My Take: When All Points West ’08 happened, I was still coming down from my Lollapalooza high. Most of the reviews, pictures and videos (aside from this one) passed me by. ’09 is taking place a weekend earlier, so I’ll be interested to see how similar Lolla’s line-up will be.  Right now, I’d give the edge to All Points West based on headliners alone.  Not that I prefer Coldplay and over Kings of Leon, but Janes Addiction and Depeche Mode really don’t do much for me.  I still expect Lollapalooza ’09 to prevail in the end.

Fleet Foxes – Tiger Mountain Peasant Song

MSTRKRFT – Heartbreaker ft John Legend

Neko Case – Middle Cyclone

Girl Talk – Live at All Points West

Lykke Li – Little Bit (Death to the Throne Remix)

We Are Scientists – After Hours