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The drive up. The view only got better. Photo by Chris Kornelis. Watch a slideshow of Friday's bands.

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Pemberton Fest is a Cloud of Dust: Wolfmother, Interpol, and Mountains

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The drive up. The view only got better. Photo by Chris Kornelis. Watch a slideshow of Friday's bands.

Literally everything is covered in dust. This keyboard, ears of corn, my %%^&***, it's all covered. But, as one of my travel companions noted: the dust (and wind) keeps the bugs away. That's seriously the kind of attitude most of the 40,000ish (according to festival officials) attendees have brought to this remote mountain town in British Columbia. It's by far the most laid-back crowd I've ever seen at a festival. A guy helped me carry my cooler. People are saying "excuse me" when they wiggle for a better view. And I heard a kid say just a couple minutes ago, "Because I didn't know what a 25-cent peep show was."

When I was unloading the car, heading for the shuttle, I was carrying a backpack, full military duffel, a grill, and a full cooler. A couple guys enjoying some B.C. bud and vodka got a chuckle out of my full load. One of them walked right up to me, stuck the bottle to my lips and just tipped back. Let the games begin.

I've only been on the premise for about 90 minutes. Our shooter, Mark C. Austin, got into Vancouver last night, and he's been here all day. So, we'll have loads of photos, even if I don't have any commentary on them (I can just hear both Reverb readers crying).

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Photo by Mark C. Austin.

One idea I couldn't shake until we hit the festival grounds was that Pemberton was, in some way, similar to Sasquatch! It's only similar in that it's a three-day music festival in a rather remote location. The parallels stop there.

First of all, camping. This is kinda like camping at a carnival. The campground is tucked right up against the stages, essentially. This is great for commuting back and forth, but it's a challenge in that you can't bring your car into the camping area (like at the Gorge). You park, grab all your gear, and take a shuttle to the camp ground. This is kind of a pain, but for folks hitting all three days (I'll be leaving Sunday morningish), it's better in the long run. One funny note about camping: They said no outside alcohol. But, I brought in a cooler full of ice and meat (no beer. seriously.) And nobody checked. It's just chill out here.

Concessions: They have sushi, skewers, and more. I'll be eating well. That is if I don't choke to death on this cloud of dust. I'm like Pig Pen from Peanuts.

OK, I'll have some more notes for y'all tomorrow. NIN is on stage right now, and it's awesome.

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Interpol. Photo by Mark C. Austin.

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Kathleen Edwards. By Mark C. Austin.

 
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