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  posted on 3/29/2010 at 01:34 PM
OK so depending on who you ask, it appears that there will be upwards of 20K people at our little festival in three weeks....

for the life of me, i cannot picture 20,000 fans at the small stage.....i'm not trying to cause a panic here or anything, but WTF? i'm guessing that is about 10,000 more people i'm going to have to kick out of my hammock there

 

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  posted on 3/29/2010 at 01:39 PM
Linnie, Jesse reported recently that SOSMP has sold 22K tickets so far. I don't know if they'd ever stop selling and call it a "sold out show." I think 12k is probably the biggest crowd at Wanee to date. Another 10K folks will make it pretty cramped, I think. I reckon we'll see soon enough.

 

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  posted on 3/29/2010 at 01:46 PM
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. I reckon we'll see soon enough.


but i'm ready NOW!!!

 

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  posted on 3/29/2010 at 03:00 PM
The late night Mule and Derek and Susan shows are going to be heavily attended, no doubt, but there will be alot of "fall out" by that point in the evening. Back to back concerts by Panic and the Brothers is a fairly intense experience in it's own right, throw in all the other music through out the day, all day long sun exposure and all day partying and only the hard cores will make it to the late night shows. See you there.

(of course some folks might skip Panic or the Brothers, depending on who their favorite is, and recharge for the Mule or Derek)

 

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  posted on 3/29/2010 at 04:13 PM
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(of course some folks might skip Panic and recharge for the Mule or Derek)



 

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  posted on 3/29/2010 at 04:47 PM
IMO skipping Widespread Panic would be a huge mistake, especially if they are gonna do the kinds of sit ins they were doing last year which IMO were incredible. It is a long day though and that Wanee band lineup for a two day festival may be the best I've ever seen. Wish I were going but I'll settle for Mountain Jam VI which isn't a bad consolation.

 

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  posted on 3/29/2010 at 05:05 PM
I just got back from Springfest at the Park and I really enjoyed the small crowd knowing what Wanee will be like in a few days. Get there early if you can and there is a new entrance to the park on State road 132 just south of the old entrance. It was signed really well for Springfest.

oh and BYOB now means "Bring your own bathroom"

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  posted on 3/29/2010 at 05:18 PM
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The late night Mule and Derek and Susan shows are going to be heavily attended, no doubt, but there will be alot of "fall out" by that point in the evening. Back to back concerts by Panic and the Brothers is a fairly intense experience in it's own right, throw in all the other music through out the day, all day long sun exposure and all day partying and only the hard cores will make it to the late night shows. See you there.

(of course some folks might skip Panic or the Brothers, depending on who their favorite is, and recharge for the Mule or Derek)


I'm usually one of the "casualties" you alluded to . Not this year , by God ! Well , at least Friday night anyway . I'm not missing Mule's lone appearance come hell or hangover .

Oh , yeah . I made you a zero , and I mean that in the nicest way .

 

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  posted on 3/29/2010 at 05:25 PM
I was fortunate to attend Wanees III and IV, and I don't think I'd like it to be much more crowded than it was at IV. However, I imagine that the business folks would certainly prefer it that way! I love the band lineup and would be there if I could--have fun!

 

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  posted on 3/29/2010 at 06:16 PM
I like your attitude Squabs.

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  posted on 3/29/2010 at 07:22 PM
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OK so depending on who you ask, it appears that there will be upwards of 20K people at our little festival in three weeks....

for the life of me, i cannot picture 20,000 fans at the small stage.....i'm not trying to cause a panic here or anything, but WTF? i'm guessing that is about 10,000 more people i'm going to have to kick out of my hammock there


Linnie its going to be off the chain. I have a lot of family coming. My son now loves music festivals more than sports. Me paying helps I am sure. See you there.

 

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  posted on 3/29/2010 at 07:25 PM
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I just got back from Springfest at the Park and I really enjoyed the small crowd knowing what Wanee will be like in a few days. Get there early if you can and there is a new entrance to the park on State road 132 just south of the old entrance. It was signed really well for Springfest.

oh and BYOB now means "Bring your own bathroom"

[Edited on 3/29/2010 by MotherTeresa]


I did not make it this year. I was there Tuesday and the park was beautiful. I have only missed one spring since 2000. This year
I went on a festival cruise instead in January. Only have so many vacation days.
Did you go in the primitive gate? The second gate?

 

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  posted on 3/29/2010 at 10:47 PM
yes Warjag, after I got my wristband I was told to follow the road to primitive camping and you have to stay on that road for a while and if you don't make any turnoffs you will end up at river road. to get to the hilton you just make a right not far after you pass the horse stables on the left. I am guessing it will be the same for Wanee but I guess lots of people will make turnoffs before the stable area so all that camping area before the hilton will fill up sooner.
 

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  posted on 3/30/2010 at 05:34 AM
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I just got back from Springfest at the Park and I really enjoyed the small crowd knowing what Wanee will be like in a few days. Get there early if you can and there is a new entrance to the park on State road 132 just south of the old entrance. It was signed really well for Springfest.

oh and BYOB now means "Bring your own bathroom"

[Edited on 3/29/2010 by MotherTeresa]

So if I'm coming from the Holiday Inn Express then I will drive past the old entrance to get to the new one? I was reading on the Wanee forum that there is a dirt road we'll drive down and for anyone camping on River Road will now have a hike to get to their camp. I wonder where and how far away we will have to park if we're not camping.

 

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I agree with EasyMichael. I also thought the crowds last year were actually
kind of overwhelming, compared with past years. And yes, in
many ways that is a good thing. If this years line-up is any indication
of the future our little Wanee Fest could explode. In my opinion
Wanee has one of the top 3 line-ups of all the big festivals. I know
it's not the Stones, or Springsteen, or Phish, etc... but the totality
of the bands and players, starting with Bobby Lee Rodgers who, if you
are not familiar, is stellar, to the midnight show with Derek and Susan,
is one of the best in the country for my money. I'm going, and I may just
camp out at the Mushroom Stage?? Probably not, too much great music
going on over at the Peach Stage too. I am bringing two folding chairs to stake
my claim at both venues!!! Should be interesting. I'm working on being positive
about the additional 10,000 + guests. Next thing you know, it will be Watkins
Glen all over again.

[Edited on 3/30/2010 by revonah]

[Edited on 3/30/2010 by revonah]

 

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  posted on 3/30/2010 at 11:00 AM
hmmmmm...i really loved it when it was our little secret

 

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  posted on 3/30/2010 at 11:07 AM
Don't eat the brown acid.

 

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  posted on 3/30/2010 at 11:07 AM
no Sue, if you are coming from the hotels you will hit the new entrance first before the old one...it will be signed so you won't miss it. it is off State Road 132. I am not sure where they will have non campers parking.

yes it is a drive to get to the River Road camping. You will have to drive all the way around the back road

 

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  posted on 3/30/2010 at 11:33 AM
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Don't eat the brown acid.

22,000 people ?

eat it..

 

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  posted on 3/30/2010 at 12:29 PM
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I agree with EasyMichael. I also thought the crowds last year were actually
kind of overwhelming, compared with past years. And yes, in
many ways that is a good thing. If this years line-up is any indication
of the future our little Wanee Fest could explode. In my opinion
Wanee has one of the top 3 line-ups of all the big festivals. I know
it's not the Stones, or Springsteen, or Phish, etc... but the totality
of the bands and players, starting with Bobby Lee Rodgers who, if you
are not familiar, is stellar, to the midnight show with Derek and Susan,
is one of the best in the country for my money. I'm going, and I may just
camp out at the Mushroom Stage?? Probably not, too much great music
going on over at the Peach Stage too. I am bringing two folding chairs to stake
my claim at both venues!!! Should be interesting. I'm working on being positive
about the additional 10,000 + guests. Next thing you know, it will be Watkins
Glen all over again.


I tried the 2 chair thing last year. It doesn't work with that many people. It was overwhelming for me, too. By the time we got back to the other stage, the crowds were packed so tight, there was no way we could make it back to our chairs.

 

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  posted on 3/30/2010 at 12:49 PM
I started going in Year 2. I'm of the belief the crowd estimates I've seen for Saturday night 2007 and Friday night 2009 were too low. (Sat's crowd last year was kept down from the rain). I think there closer to 15,000 people there at the high point in 2007 and 2009.

This may not end up feeling like quite the massive expansion we fear if I'm right as there may have been more people there by those evenings than we are giving the festival credit for.

The new route onto the property sounds like it may also help in the effort to spread out campsites, since the property is so huge.

I too would like to see them not allow chairs on the Peach Stage after 6pm each day. Either way, I can't wait!

 

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  posted on 3/30/2010 at 01:10 PM
I won't make it this year. I didn't make Wanee a priority. I hope Moogis represents.

 

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  posted on 3/30/2010 at 03:01 PM
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hmmmmm...i really loved it when it was our little secret
Indeed! Cold weather and all!

 

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  posted on 3/30/2010 at 03:11 PM
I know the mushroom stage's midnight sets have all been excellent, plus it has that unique vibe with the torches burning and the trees. But this year its going to be packed out. I am surprised they don't move it over to the Peach stage. Lose some ambiance, but half the crowd will leave The Allmans last sets both nights to get a good seat for the midnight sets. It definitely seems that Wanee will be going through some growing pains.........
 

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  posted on 3/30/2010 at 04:17 PM
I totally appreciate a smaller crowd but Wanee has amazingly evolved into a bigger festival & actually one of the BEST fests of the season with the line-up & surroundings,IMO

I am soooo ready for Wanee!!!....Let's do this already!!

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