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Pangea Festival brings chaotic fun

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Pangea Music Festival was held at Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood in order to bring the world of music together and help support smaller, up-and-coming bands on April 18.

Alien Ant Farm and Death By Stereo were the main headlining bands, but over 200 other bands performed on the different stages set up throughout the casino.

There were a total of 13 stages that were spaced out on three different levels inside and outside.

Although there was no set list and schedule provided, the staff running around were more than helpful and answered any question about times and stages for different bands.

“It was a good idea, just poorly organized and put together,” Jeanna Dunn, 19, of Chino, said. “The creativity was there, but it just went all wrong.”

The festival was presented by Chronic Tacos and also had sponsors such as Rock Star, Vitamin Water and Sullen.

The event was fairly chaotic because the bands had to carry in their own instruments and amps all the way from the parking lot on the bottom level. As a result, many of the bands had complaints about the staging and set up.

“I think I’m too tired to play now,” Rob Jacobs of The Upwards War said.

You could see the tiresome bands sweating and panting after bringing in all their equipment.

The band was forced to stay with their gear because there were a couple of incidents where bands were getting things stolen. So everything had to be watched at all times.

The music ranged from heavy metal to punk to rock. Although most of the bands that played were small, local bands, there was still a crowd in front of every stage supporting them.

It was obvious many of the fans were truly there to support because they rocked out and sang to the songs performed.

University of La Verne junior radio major Alex Senyo, played with his band The Upwards War at the festival. This was Senyo’s first performance with the band after joining in January.

They went on at about 11 p.m. and performed a few of their songs such as “Cement” and “Make It Thru.” Senyo commented that the festival didn’t go as well as he had hoped.

“The festival had a lot of potential of being great, but it felt like no one cared, especially the promoters,” Senyo said.

Aside from being chaotic for the bands, it was also frustrating for those who attended.

No one knew what time or what stage their favorite bands were performing on and it was a hit or miss at every stage you walked by.

“There should have been a schedule or at least a handout for people,” Dunn said.

The festival began at 5 p.m. and lasted until 2 a.m., leaving the biggest and most popular bands for last. Alien Ant Farm, the main headliner, played on the main stage at the end of the night outside the casino and drew by far the largest crowd.

Jaclyn Mittman can be reached at jmittman@ulv.edu
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