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May 2010

Andalucia

  DSC01817I flew from Barcelona to Granada tonight, in time to catch a remarkable sunset from the cliffs over the city. After driving the ancient narrow streets for over an hour looking for my hotel, I land at this hole-in-the-wall bar where a guitarist and singer play flamenco while the entire bar claps and stomps their feet. This is otherworldly music, sung in an ecstatic trance that rises to a fever pitch. Too bad only a handful of the traveling-student types here are paying attention: they don't know what they're missing.

Good Neighbors

  DSC01564LA's Health didn't even take the Vice stage until nearly 330am, but that didn't stop them from unleashing their now-familiar maelstrom of guitars and electronics on the largely-local audience, many of whom were outfitted in the bands turquoise T-shirts. The respect was reciprocal: after some early sound troubles, lead singer Jake Duzsik spoke perfect Spanish to the crowd, thanking them sincerely for having them. Moments like these make the world seem a pretty small place.
 

Good Health

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 After Lee "Scratch" Perry finished his jammin' set at 230am, festival organizers made the wise (if predictable) decision to open up the gates from the Pitchfork Stage to all attendees - including your's truly. I made a beeline straight for the Vice Stage, where Health is about to kick things into outer space. Can't wait.

Night Ticket

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 So, here's an inspired idea: offer up a late-night only ticket, admissible only after midnight, and only for the stage (Pitchfork) closest to the gate. Still, 20€ gets you The Yum Yum Girls, Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Field and Fake Blood. And, hey, how hard are they really going to check if I try to make a break for the other stages, right?