Landmark D.C. festival attracts thousands

Madeline Wheeler

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Guests gather to listen and cheer on The Strokes. Photo by Madeline Wheeler

As the trend of music festivals
continues to grow, Washington DC
receives its very own Coachella.
Taking place in West Potomac
Park next to the Washington monument
and the Lincoln memorial,
Landmark music festival brought in a
crowd of over 25,000 people on each
of the two days it ran. Being its first
year on the late summer festival map,
the crowd at Landmark was considerably
smaller than other more notable
festivals, such as Lollapalooza
in Chicago, which brings in crowds
of around 300,000 annually.
The main headliners of Landmark
were Drake, Alt-J and the Strokes.
At almost $150 for a one-day pass,
music festivals offer many bands
and large crowds at insane prices.
Two-day $100 passes were sold back
in late spring, but were of a limited
availability and sold out within several
days. Some of the larger festivals,
such as Glastonbury in England,
offer other various performers, face
painting, sleeping accommodations
and water slides, among other features.
In contrast, Landmark failed to
provide such luxuries.
The festival organizers did provide
an wristband system which
allowed festival goers to get their
entry bracelets scanned at the food
and alcohol stands to purchase consumables.
A prerequisite was linking
one’s credit card information to the
bands online prior to the concert, a
difficult yet effectively instructive
and helpful feature. The organization
of the festival was lackluster, but
the workers were lacking experience
as expected, this being the first year
of the fest.
Drake and The Strokes, being on
different days of the festival, both
graced the same stage on the weekends.
Both headliners drew different
crowds of people to the festival, i.e.
most people that are huge Strokeheads
do not favor the wicked rapping
of Drake. On the other hand,
fans of Drake most likely would not
love to spend an extra $150 to stay
an extra day to watch the Strokes
smash their set with a now rare, raw
vibrancy for the music industry.
Although the crowds were smaller
than most festivals, by the time
the Strokes had come on, the crowd
was so tight and expansive that getting
a cough drop out of one’s pocket
was virtually impossible. It is often
said that seeing your favorite band
at a music festival is the least enjoyable
of venues. This is due to the
large amounts of people and the fact
that you will most likely have to sit
through many other bands that you
do not feel so fondly about. The
Strokes closed the festival on Sunday,
September 27, and brought an insane
cult of lifelong fans. People from all
over the globe flocked to the Strokes’
second to last show of the year,
which opened with the first song on
their first album, both entitled “Is
This It.” Freshman, Mariel Wheeler,
attended the show.
“It was unreal how good [The
Strokes] sounded. And I honestly
cannot believe I was fortunate
enough to attend and meet such
nice people. We were so squished
we couldn’t help becoming friends,”
Wheeler said.

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Author: The Hawk Eye

Hanover High School, Mechanicsville, Virginia The Hawk Eye Student Newspaper thehawkeye@hcps.us

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