Coldplay, Beastie Boys, Tool, The Black Keys, Fleet Foxes, Steel Train, MGMT and The National Confirmed for All Points West
All Points West will return to Jersey City, NJs Liberty State Park from July 31-August 2. Last years inaugural event featured performances by Radiohead, Jack Johnson, Trey Anastasio and a host of other popular touring bands and this year is poised to continue the trend. Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, The National, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Q-Tip, The Pharcyde, Organized Konfusion, The Knux, Ra Ra Riot, Seasick Steve, Telepathe, Shearwater, Heartless Bastards, Flying Lotus, College Humor Live, Arj Barker, Eugene Mirman and Bo Burnham are all set to appear at the festival on night one. Tool will headline the festivals second evening, capping off a bill that also includes My Bloody Valentine, Gogol Bordello, Arctic Monkeys, Neko Case, The Ting Tings, Yelle, Crystal Castles, St. Vincent, Tokyo Police Club, The Cool Kids, Kool Keith, Cage the Elephant, Chairlift, White Rabbits, Electric Touch, The Postelles, Black Gold, College Humor Live, Tim & Eric, Judah Friedlander and Jim Jeffries. Finally, Coldplay will anchor the festivals Sunday night festivities, closing out a stacked lineup that features Echo & The Bunnymen, MGMT, The Black Keys, Elbow, Silversun Pickups, Mogwai, We Are Scientists, Ghostland Observatory, The Gaslight Anthem, Etienne De Crecy, Lykke Li, Akron/Family, Steel Train, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, College Humor Live, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Showalter and Todd Barry.
In light of last years problems, which included transportation issues and alcohol restrictions, festival promoters have promised that they began work immediately on resolving concerns expressed by fans in attendance. A note from festival producers also says that They have worked closely with their partners at NJ Transit to improve light-rail service and capacity. As an added value for 2009, festival goers who choose to travel to the site utilizing the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line can ride for free throughout the weekend with their ALL POINTS WEST festival ticket. Additionally, based on the popularity of the ferry as a mode of transportation from lower Manhattan to Liberty State Park, the frequency and size of the ferryboats will increase at a reduced price for festival attendees. The producers have also worked with their partners at Liberty State Park to improve the fan experience in the beer gardens. This years areas will be larger, have shorter lines, and feature shade tents, views of the stages and food concessions. Full details on the beer gardens can be found at www.apwfestival.com.