So this was my first "festival since New Wave and Heavy Metal days at the US festival in 83. Wifey sat this one out, my 19-year old daughter and I went.
Brookside is a golf course at the Rose Bowl. The venue was clean and well-organized, with free drinking water.
About 75% of the audience was goth. It was crazy seeing so many people dressed in black in 97 degree weather. Not just black, but many ladies wore full-on black dresses and black derby hats, circa turn of the century style.
Dudes too, wearing vampire capes, skirts and leather jackets. They were there to see some of the goth bands in the lineup, bands like Christian Death, London After Midnight, and some of the better known groups like Bauhaus, The Damned and The Church.
Tons of chicks of all ages and sizes were not wearing bra's. It was like they were in a competition to wear something more shocking than the next chick, lol.
Everybody was super chill, my only complaint was the high volume of traffic. For example, whenever you found a decent vantage point to see a band (it was on a golf course so there were hills, hillsides, sand traps etc), and after the band started playing, there would be freight trains of people walking in front of you in your personal space.
Morrisey came out on time and behaved himself, but played only ONE Smith's song, "Half a Person" my daughter's oddball but favorite Smith's song. Song after song, when it became apparent he was not going to sing Smith's songs - people started leaving. His performance was MEH.