Franz FerdinandThe price (free!) wasn't the best part of the festival (although it certainly didn't hurt). Despite arriving late--because traffic and parking were crazy and missing 2 acts I really wanted to see-St. Vincent and Mates of State, we had an awesome time! The fest had free shuttles to far away parking (which was also free), all kinds of free give-aways and a really chill yet ready to party vibe. Plus, being at the cozy and arty Merriweather Post Pavilion helped too. There was plenty of shade and space to relax--much in earshot of one of the 3 stages. I was able to catch at least some of every band I wanted to see and every set was awesome!
I still can't believe it was free! I mean, over 20 acts, 11+ hours of music, heaps of crazy festival stuff (like contests, karaoke, a fortune teller, booths for all kinds of causes, funky boutiques, Richard Branson and other celebs serving drinks, skydivers, and all kinds of social awareness!). It was, for me at least, a crazy dance party all day long--just what I needed as the Summer of Awesome is winding down!