This past weekend The Ongoing Music Documentary attended Edgefest ’08 at Downsview Park to see bands such as Attack in Black, The Flatliners, Hostage Life, Sam Roberts, Linkin Park and of course The Stone Temple Pilots.
This was my first time seeing a show at Downsview Park and I would have to say that the location is quite ideal. The Main Stage was situated facing a large open area with a raised lip around the back outer rim like a coliseum. This allowed for a great view from far back and with approximately 15,000 music enthusiasts attending this years festivities, the added vantage point was key. Although there was some minor reverb off the building across from the stage the sound quality was prime.
The location of the Second Stage (where all the best bands played) was key. Stage two was located right by the entrance and slightly beside the main stage. I believed this helped with traffic for the littler known bands as every person entering the venue had to first walk past a band they maybe didn’t know in order to get to the Main Stage.
I would also like to make mention that although the most “professional” bands couldn’t seem to be on time for anything, the event as a whole was scheduled beautifully allowing for an attendee to see EVERY band play.
Unlike most large summer festivals Edgefest actually had GOOD FOOD for sale! A wide variety of vegetarian and meat products were sold from falafel to Philly cheese steak on a bun.
On the downside, the location of Downsview is anything but ideal for mass amounts of public transportation traffic and the limited road access is terrible for the flood of cars leaving after the show. Even with predicted rain, concert goers were not allowed to bring in umbrellas. (It only rained for about 40 minutes mid day).
The line-up to get into the beer garden was as long as I presume the line for the latest Wonderland coaster and moving at the same speed. The line was so long I thought they were giving away free beer.
Check out the footage and interviews we shot!
Attack in Black
Finally, 102.1 The Edge has a section on their website for people who attended this years Edgefest to submit their own personal reviews, photos, and videos. I think this is an awesome interactive idea that can only further the popularity and success of Edgefest’s to come.
Click the banner below to submit your reviews, photos, etc.