by Daniel Hill
This year's LouFest has featured much more rain and much less Wi-Fi than in year's past. The presence of the former has caused delay in today's proceedings, whereas the lack of the latter has left RFT Music staffers in attendance unable to update the public in any traditionally timely fashion. Never fear, however, as we anticipated every imaginable possibility of disaster, and currently I am holed up in an off-site impenetrable underground bunker at an undisclosed location. Music editor Kiernan Maletsky is sending me up-to-the-minute transmissions from his mobile look-at talky device, which can be seen below. Keep hitting refresh for the latest.
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7:36 PM - The sun is (more-or-less) shining, the Flaming Lips are shooting confirmational confetti blasts and Dr. Dog is starting its set, less than an hour after the rain began.
7:32 PM - Wayne Coyne standing on the other stage, waving reassuringly at the crowd.
7:31 PM - They're sound checking Dr. Dog's stage now.
7:29 PM - Dr. Dog will play an abbreviated set, Flaming Lips will probably go a bit late - until 10:15 or 10:30.
7:27 PM - An official from the fest has just told me they'll be going in 15 minutes.
7:24 PM - Stage Crew: "Let's start pulling tarps."
7:23 PM - Security (as an aside, not to the crowd): "They'll start back up in a minute."
7:19 PM - Crowd is starting to filter back in now. Sky is clear-ish to the West.
7:18 PM - Some confusing instruction. Security had to shoo the crowd rushing to the stage. They don't want people standing by the barricade in case of lightning.
7:16 PM - ....But there are puddles an inch deep in the field. Come on down - muddy Flaming Lips is probably happening.
7:15 PM - Absolutely letting up.
7:12 PM - Looks like it's letting up? Maybe? A little?
7:07 PM - Curfew is also a factor. I think that's 10:30, but I'm not positive.
7:06 PM - "Everyone offstage!" Lightning definitely a concern.
7:01 PM - Lightning is getting closer. Everyone still seems in high spirits. Water now visibly pooling in the fields.
6:58 PM - A (clearly optimistic) Dr. Dog chant has broken out on the far stage.
6:57 PM - Every square inch of tent coverage for vendors, etc. occupied, but people seem in high spirits.
6:56 PM - Members of Flaming Lips and Dawes onstage checking equipment. Maybe a hundred people still standing at the stage, getting drenched.
6:53 PM - VIA LouFest PA speakers: "We apologize about the brief pause. We'll start again when the rain breaks. [Loud cheering.] Please make the most of the rain. It looks like we'll have 20 to 30 minutes of it."
6:45 PM - Dawes ended 10 minutes early. Dr. Dog is supposed to go on next but there are tarps covering everything on the stage and the band definitely won't be starting on time. There are reports of lightning in the area.