I have been a long time fan of the band, The Offspring. While their newest stuff isn’t as popular as the old, I genuinely enjoy their music and gladly listen to every new album. I had always wanted to see them live, but I had only one missed opportunity before I went to Korea in 2010. As soon as I found out they were coming to Texas for Edgefest (4/25/2015), I could NOT miss the opportunity. The rest of the lineup was meh…but I figured it was going to be worth the money so I bought VIP tickets.
I got there super early. Apparently, most people don’t come til later.
I was okay with that, though, for several reasons. One, I got won this cool little toy as well as a t-shirt at a booth that was set up for a year-round Haunted House (Dark Hour).
Also, I got to hear the first band of the day perform. They were, by far, my favorite band of the day (other than The Offspring, of course). I still listen to their album. Really, check them out: Marquis of Vaudeville. They have a very unique sound with steampunk influences.
More and more people started showing up. It was HOT. I sat in the VIP box a few times for the AC (pretty much the only perk of VIP tickets because their free shirts were only XL, so I donated mine). Depending on the band, I would join the mass of people in front of the stage. Notably, I was down there for: Death Cab for Cutie, Hozier, Banks, and Robert Delong–I was there for others, but I didn’t like them so much. One band would play on one side of the field while (on the opposite side) the other band would break down the set and the next band would set up. It was interesting to watch the crowd migrate from one side to the other.
When I wasn’t joining a crowd for a band or hiding in the VIP booth, I wandered around the booths. I did end up buying an Avenged Sevenfold Shirt as well as an Offspring shirt. I wasn’t really interested in some of the other merchandise. I also stopped to get a picture with these guys, representing Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.
Finally, it was time for The Offspring! I wanted to watch AWOLNATION, but decided a close spot near The Offspring stage was what I wanted more. So while, AWOLNATION played, I made my way closer and closer to the other stage. I was so close in fact, that I could almost reach the fence (a little ways away from the stage) and only about 5 people away from the center. (Well the very center was blocked off and filled with audio/recording equipment.) Needless to say, I was in a very squished but AWESOME spot.
I’m so glad I had a chance to see The Offspring live! I was actually pleasantly surprised by the lineup. While there were a few bands I really didn’t like, overall, they put on a great show. It was a VERY long day (over 11 hours), but it was definitely worth it.