Naturally, because we are in Argentina, a few aspects of the show were sort of strange. The first is that Motorola actually sponsored the show, but they kept the name Personal Fest because of the legacy (pretty generous of Motorola if you ask me.) Another is that the opening day of the show, which Lenny Kravitz headlined, was October 2, but the other 2 days of the show were in November. Huh? And though I already knew this, I'm still shocked so I repeat, no alcohol sold at concerts! Ahhh, well, Argentina.
The tickets said the festival started at 5, so we aimed to get there around 6. When we got within 5 blocks of the place, there were crowds walking toward the festival from all directions, the first good sign. The entrance had a proper festival entrance arch, and by the I got inside I was assured it was going to be great.
As soon as we were inside someone was handing out party horns. Although it was very early and still light when we arrived, the festival mood was on with glow sticks, balloons, clowns, booths with games and giveaways and more. We walked around collecting free goodies, taking pictures (in a foam pit and with a giant balloon dog) and otherwise checking the place out. The festival especially spoiled Personal customers, offering special giveaways like a party tool belt (including confetti, a whistle, a maraca and silly string) and the chance to play memory on a tablet (Motorola I'm sure) for a free T-shirt.
Because the shows were on different stages, the crowd was constantly moving. We took advantage of this and camped out in front of the Motorola stage an hour early, surrounded by many dreadlocks-sporting marijuana-smoking fans, to ensure a good view. We ended up around 15 rows back in a perfect location. Damian Marley performed with an extremely talented group from Kingston, Jamaica, including 2 female back up singers with absolutely beautiful voices and a passionate flag waver. The entire performance was amazing; he was incredible live, maybe ever better than recorded (if that's possible). It was his first time in Argentina and people were crazy about him. He played a variety of his newest songs, a couple his classics and some his father's most famous songs. The show was truly one of the best I've ever seen, and now I wish I had recorded the entire thing. Watch all the videos!!!