Despite a fickle Mother Nature, and some nipping and tucking of the line-up and venues due to weather, Hillstock 2010 was where to be this past weekend. The DIY Brooklyn-based festival was three days long and spread out over the Bushwick and DUMBO areas of the New York City borough.
The first night was an all-ages concert housed inside the art space and recording studio cheekily named Shea Stadium but a far stretch from the Met’s home base. Hundreds of fans squished themselves into the space that consisted of a make-shift bar and food stand (five dumplings for $3!) where the only sort of ventilation was a sliding door out to the packed terrace and a couple of industrial-sized fans.
Although doors opened at 430pm for those who are lucky enough to have summer hours at work, or no job at all, the Kickoff Party really got underway shortly after 6pm with Brooklyn-based Mother Courage. Bands raged in the warehouse-type atmosphere until after 1am, with the last band, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!, taking the stage just after midnight. Notable performances: Ava Luna, Drew & the Medicinal Pen, and Eskalators.
Saturday brought a whole other batch of bands and this time at someone’s house. It’s always surprising when people actually willing allow hundreds of people to use their bathroom for these DIY events, and yet there never seems to be a shortage of music lovers who are willing to donate their abode and toilet to the cause. The backyard was dedicated to both music and a mini-showcase of people’s artwork, some for sale and some just for show. Dogs and cats ran in and out of the show-goers who propped themselves on the grass to enjoy the music well into the night, and just as the sun set, the crowd got bigger and there wasn’t a single soul not dancing. Notable performances: The Wild and Honey Dos.
The weather final decided to give out on Sunday and let loose a thunderstorm that forced the originally scheduled rooftop picnic to the same backyard as Saturday’s show. Tarps and ropes were brought in to keep the audience dry. Of course the weather prevented the turnouts from the two days before, but no matter what the weather had in store, there were those who didn’t care and were ready to dance…three days of Pabst Blue Ribbon tend to have that effect on people. Notable performances: The Wooden Sky and Kate Ferencz.
You can see the full line-up of bands here, most of whom have MySpace and/or Facebook pages showcasing their music.
By: Amanda Chatel.
The Wooden Sky’s “When Lost At Sea,” from the 2007 album of the same name: