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Three Days, acres of musical talent, plenty of great weather and scads of people. It's Bunbury 2015. Although not a
stranger to concerts, this was my first music festival I attended. While I didn't exactly know what to expect (except for
maybe half-naked people sitting on other's shoulders, heavily under the legal and/or illegal influence tossing mud at
one another in a 3-day rain storm), I was impressed with what I experienced and now feel ready and armed to take on
any musical festival!
The festival grounds were divided along the river in Cincinnati with four stages total: a main stage and pavilion stage at
one side (Sawyer's Point) and a main stage and river stage by the Purple People Bridge (Yeatman's Cove) side.
Everything between the stages were full of food, drink, free watering stations, cell phone charging stations,
merchandise and plenty of fun interactive activities with local radios stations, Jack Daniels, Coors Light and even a
chance to get your hair braided. Oh and can't forget the array of portapot restrooms and plenty of shaded areas to kick
off your shoes and spread a blanket to enjoy the day.
It was impossible to take in every act at this music festival because there was a band playing at each end from about
2 p.m. to 11 p.m. each day. No two bands at the same end ever played at the same time, nor did I witness them
overlapping into another band's set. I was happily turned on to some new-to-me music such as Father John Misty,
Austin Plaine, Motherfolk, The Devil Makes Three and 500 Miles to Memphis to name a few.
I was thrilled to see some bands for the first time that I have admired, such as Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bleachers,
Walk the Moon, Royal Blood, The Decemberists, Twenty One Pilots and Manchester Orchestra - with my absolute
favorite being Shakey Graves, whose LP I have memorized front to back, in such an intimate setting. And of course
enjoying those talents of those concerts I've seen before like The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show.
Personally I am happy that I don't have the past Bunbury Festivals to compare this one to as this one went about as
perfect as I could have imagined. From some do's and don'ts I learned - like even if there's only a three percent chance
of rain, pack your poncho because that three percent has landed right over the festival or what shoes to wear...
or more like NOT wear! I'm ready to hit the road again and take in a few days of some beloved live music.
Guest Review Written By TONYA BURKE DAVIDSON
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