So, you’re thinking about going to Cornerstone NC? I went to Cornerstone Florida this year and will try to use my experience there to give you some insight into what C-NC will be like.
I expected the crowds to be overwhelming to the point that breathing would be a chore. I was pleasantly surprised. At any show before 5 o’clock, you can easily walk up to within three rows of the stage. Because so many shows are going on at the same time, the masses are spread throughout the festival, leaving you with a great spot close to the band of your choice without sacrificing comfort.
After 5, the shows start to get more crowded, but you can still get within seven or eight rows of the stage after the shows start. When I saw Five Iron Frenzy at the end of day one at C-FL, I came in five minutes late and still got close enough to take a good picture. The best part about the crowd at Cornerstone is that at any time, one of your favorite band members might be in the crowd with you. All of the band members help to work their booths, walk around, talk to fans and just hang out.
Like I said, you can usually catch you favorite band at their booth sometime during Cornerstone. Much of the merchandise is cheaper at the festival than it would be in your local store, plus you can get it signed if you want to. The booths at Cornerstone are a great way to find new ministries you want to be a part of. You might find a great organization like Rock For Life or see a local church promoting its young adult ministries. I found this magazine while cruising the booths. And the best part of the booths … free stuff. It’s everywhere.
The bands I saw at C-FL that really impressed me and are playing at C-NC are:
Bleach – Their live show is an explosion of sound. They rock out with tons of energy and were, to me, the best surprise of C-FL.
Anberlin – Stephen Christian has an amazing frontman presence, and the band is just flat out awesome.
Cool Hand Luke – They were Indie Band of the Year for 2002 for a reason.
Copeland – Their indie rock vibe captivates the audience. This is a don’t-miss show.
Norma Jean – No one, I repeat: no one, puts out more energy during a set than these guys. Plus, the frontman dances funny.
Switchfoot – Their set moves from rock show to worship service flawlessly. They gave me goose bumps.
Cornerstone is the best festival I have ever been to. The hospitality is better than say, the Warped Tour, and the access to the artists is unmatched. So, if you were on the edge, deciding if C-NC would be worth your money, yes it is. Go. Be merry. Come back with free stuff and a head full of memories.