Monday, March 30, 2009

So, what did you think of the festival?

Yeah, I missed it too. But the Los Angeles Times didn't:

The fourth annual Paid Dues Festival, held Saturday at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, straddled the tenuous divide between serving as a celebration of the leading lights of the backpack breed of indie rap...and operating as a Petri dish for the flaws of the contemporary underground.

Despite an energetic slate of performers, the 120-acre sprawl of the NOS Events center often felt gloomy and vacant, with a 40,000 capacity but only a few thousand in attendance.

More here. Jeff Weiss notes that $40 tickets and $15 parking fees probably didn't help the attendance, but he did have praise for Atmosphere and Slaughterhouse.

And Antiquiet was ecstatic:

The annual event is a dream come true for fans of the indie/underground/backpacker scene, featuring appearances by hip-hop’s underground elite. Rap icon and core Living Legends member Murs put the festival together- which began in 2006- as a way to showcase the best & newest talent on the scene, as well as a collective of the best names in hip-hop today.

More here.

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