Langerado 2008 Begins!

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Our intrepid man-on-the-scene down at Langerado this year is Drew Gerlach, a new friend of the site that agreed to chronicle his festival experience when the original lineup was announced and he made his decision to attend this festival (I guess Metallica at Bonnaroo wasn’t really doin’ it for him). He filed this first report late yesterday and I haven’t heard anything from him today, so who knows if we’ve got another Coventry-like situation on our hands here. Here’s to hoping he made it in unscathed.

Welcome to sunny…err I mean rainy South Florida for the sixth annual Langerado Festival. With crowds anticipated to reach close to 25,000, this will be the largest, longest, and most ginormous one to date. Even though there have been three major cancellations (and lots of groans of disappointment) in Vampire Weekend, Robert Randolph, and The Balkan Beat Box, this fest still has plenty of weight. With rain pelting the majority of South Florida today, lines of cars are already backed up both ways on the “Alligator Alley” (I-75) with wait times of over three hours. This could easily become a muddy mess, with more rain and thunderstorms heading our way on Saturday. Either way, I will be there providing reviews, comments, funny pictures of wooks (if I can get some), amongst other thoughts. Hitting Walmart for a poncho, beer, boots, and water and then I’ll be on my way.

  • tony

    SHOULDVE STAYED @ MARKHAM

  • tony

    SHOULDVE STAYED @ MARKHAM

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliversarmy/ Paul

    Why, Tony?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliversarmy/ Paul

    Why, Tony?

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com whitperson

    actually, I agree. Markham was a great location and helped keep this festival at a nice, medium size. I don’t think going to Big Cypress was a good move.

    That said, I’m sure lots of rain would do a number on Markham park as well. Hope the weather clears up!

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com whitperson

    actually, I agree. Markham was a great location and helped keep this festival at a nice, medium size. I don’t think going to Big Cypress was a good move.

    That said, I’m sure lots of rain would do a number on Markham park as well. Hope the weather clears up!

  • Steve

    I agree Markham was a better site as it maintained the festival to a manageable level. If you’re not a camper, you’re really inconvenienced with the distance back to civilization.

    The remoteness, coupled with the rain has really caused a muddy mess.

    The VIP arrangements are a step down from last year, while at the same time more expensive. Also, the lineup has strayed from the Jam-Band focus of previous years.

  • Steve

    I agree Markham was a better site as it maintained the festival to a manageable level. If you’re not a camper, you’re really inconvenienced with the distance back to civilization.

    The remoteness, coupled with the rain has really caused a muddy mess.

    The VIP arrangements are a step down from last year, while at the same time more expensive. Also, the lineup has strayed from the Jam-Band focus of previous years.

  • tony

    PAUL – markham park made the fest unique in that the majority stayed at hotels…it brought a nice change from the 5 day campfest/sketchfest that alot of these festivals have turned into…it allowed the late night venues and surrounding businesses extra chances for promotion and revenue…it was easier to organize and plan…

    I do not understand the move to cypress other than pure greed in making the festival LARGER to bring in more dollars and the huge mistake in doing that was the booking of headliners which fifteen years ago might have brought some big crowds, but definitely not in this era ( which is why you are seeing attendance numbers at twenty thousand.)

    Hopefully ethan and crew have a chance next year to bring back the intimacy that used to be Langerado.

  • tony

    PAUL – markham park made the fest unique in that the majority stayed at hotels…it brought a nice change from the 5 day campfest/sketchfest that alot of these festivals have turned into…it allowed the late night venues and surrounding businesses extra chances for promotion and revenue…it was easier to organize and plan…

    I do not understand the move to cypress other than pure greed in making the festival LARGER to bring in more dollars and the huge mistake in doing that was the booking of headliners which fifteen years ago might have brought some big crowds, but definitely not in this era ( which is why you are seeing attendance numbers at twenty thousand.)

    Hopefully ethan and crew have a chance next year to bring back the intimacy that used to be Langerado.

  • zrock

    I really really really wanted to go to this one…….couldnt….darned all those tests….my friend went though..had a blast….he loved the site…he first thought about staying at a hotel but decided to finally camp out…..is planning to put up the photos and the vids up on mozes.com…I’m jealous..very…I’ll not miss the next time….

  • zrock

    I really really really wanted to go to this one…….couldnt….darned all those tests….my friend went though..had a blast….he loved the site…he first thought about staying at a hotel but decided to finally camp out…..is planning to put up the photos and the vids up on mozes.com…I’m jealous..very…I’ll not miss the next time….