Don’t miss our critics’ reviews of all the bands playing Friday.
3 PM: Line up before the gates open to explore the side attractions—CHIRP Record Fair, Flatstock, Soundplay arcade—before the surging crowds make it difficult to enjoy, well, anything.
4 PM: Camp out at the Blue stage and prepare for Willis Earl Beal because, well, duh. I just can’t imagine missing him!
5 PM: After Beal’s set yo-yo between the three stages in an attempt to catch a few acts I’m vaguely curious about but don’t have a strong desire to see in full: the tail end of Olivia Tremor Control‘s set, Tim Hecker, and A$AP Rocky.
6:15 PM: Stay put at the Blue stage for Japandroids‘ set, which, given the duo’s penchant for “rocking,” should help work up an appetite.
7:15 PM: Grab some grub and casually enjoy the sounds of Dirty Projectors from whatever shaded spots are within earshot of the Red Stage.