Headstash's ALL GOOD 2012 Review Guide
- By Jordan August and Alan VanToai
- Published on July 25, 2012
Day 1 - Phil Lesh and Friends, Shpongle
Day 2 - Yonder Mountain String Band, The Flaming Lips, Papadosio, Galactic
Day 3 - The Allman Brothers Band, Big Gigantic, Lotus, Lettuce, DSO
Day 4 - Pictures of Mickey Hart, Cris Jacobs and more
Thursday evening/night was warm and humid – a little sticky, even as we went to bed around 3:00 a.m. Light sprinkles were felt sporadically during Phil Lesh and Friends. Friday was overcast and cool the entire day. It drizzled briefly in the morning, but for the most part it was perfect mid-70s with no humidity. Saturday and Sunday were both hot and sunny with white fluffy clouds in the sky.
The Allman Brothers Band. The festival headliners delivered a solid 2.5-hour chunk of greatness Saturday night. Crowd-favorites like “Midnight Rider,” “Whipping Post” and Blind Willie McTell sent the weekend’s biggest crowd into a frenzy in a way that only they could.
Galactic. A funky close to Friday late night, Galactic brought the heat with an intensely energizing two-hour set, including an amazing selection of covers from “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” to “Cult of Personality.”
Lotus. An incredible two-hour late-night set with electric goodness peppered with bits of Lotus' newer indie-like sound.
Railroad Earth. Coming out of the gate with pure energy, RRE played one of the best day sets of the weekend. Connecting their Celtic up-beat style of bluegrass with their slower singer-songwriter tunes made for a even and consistent flow throughout the hot and humid set.
Phil Lesh and Friends. Awesome set of Grateful Dead classics delivered by the legend himself.
The road less traveled. A road traveling through the grounds was a bit of a shock. If kind of distracted from the romance of the festival at first, but we quickly got used to it. Not a big deal, after all.
RFID wristbands. We heard about this technology making its way onto wristbands at Bonnaroo this year, but now it's popping up all over. It'll be interesting to see how it develops over the next few years.
Dubstep late-nights were loud and abrasive on the Grassroots Stage from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. every night. Many who were camping nearby complained about the music keeping them up until the wee hours of the morning.
Legend Valley, though very different from Marvin’s Mountaintop, had a similar vibe to All Goods of year’s past. Similar lineups draw similar folks – a mixture of older heads and younger fans, festival lifers and weekend warriors.
The camping scene was much cleaner than the All Goods of three to five years back. The “cleanification” of All Good was a very welcome trend that started back in 2010 and has continued to Legend Valley.
Many of All Good’s staples have carried over to Ohio as well like the “Welcome to All Good” letters, the entrance pagoda, stage decorations, the blue l-wire balloon, and tree mood-lighting. It made for a very familiar feel.
Check out a gallery of Jordan August's best pictures from All Good 2012 below:
[Photographs by Jordan August.]
Check out our coverage of all your favorite summer festivals in our 2012 Festival Guide.
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