By Paul Nern, News Editor
We’re approaching the end of another school year, and that means that Rock Lobsters everywhere will be making their way to Lobsterfest 2022. After two years without an in-person celebration, it’s back to The Union on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and onto Galbreath Chapel the following Sunday morning. It’s undoubtedly a great time to be in Athens.
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Friday brings sets by Ted Tyro, Cellar Dwellar, Hydrone, and Six Flags Guy. They’ll kick things off just right, we can confirm. Julia Weber, our Features Editor sat down with Ted Tyro and asked Bart Swift of the band a couple of questions about the event. When asked about how the band is feeling about playing Lobsterfest, Swift said, “I’m very excited. I’ve never been to OU but I have a lot of friends who went there and I’ve heard so many cool things about the town. So yeah, we’re very excited. First time.”
Regarding what fest-goers should expect from Ted Tyro’s set, Swift said, “We’re gonna try to make it fun for sure. … Definitely if you’re a fan of garage rock, if you’re a fan of newer stuff like Deerhunter or Omni. Also, if you’re a fan of stuff like Talking Heads or Television, you’ll be into it.
Julia asked the right questions and Ted Tyro gave the right answers. Needless to say, It’s going to be a great night.
Saturday brings sets by Wild Pink, Wombo, In Flow, Coastal Club and Plastic Lemonade. This will be another ripper of a night. In Flow have been the most consistent band based in Athens all year, in terms of how often they have played and how great their sets have been. One knows what they’re getting when they choose to go to an In Flow set. It’s a visual experience surrounded by a “Steely Dan with a fuzz pedal” sound only a power trio can create.
Wild Pink also recently interviewed with ACRN Media. John Ross of the band said the following about playing Lobsterfest: “I’m very excited. I think we played in Athens once before. It was at a house show. So yeah, I’m very excited to be back in Athens and to play this festival. It looks like it’s going to be a really fun show.”
In terms of what attendees should expect from Wild Pink’s set, Ross said, “I think that it’s going to be a little bit louder than we usually do. I think they can expect a heavier set.”
It’s gonna be a heavy night, Wild Pink said it best. If you haven’t seen Wild Pink, In Flow, Wombo, or Plastic Lemonade and are unsure whether or not you should go check it out, just trust us here at ACRN; you’re going to want to see this.
Lobsterfest will end the celebrations on Sunday, with sets by Sam and Harper and KYRB. After Friday and Saturday where our ears will be blown off, we need a more relaxed set and that is what we have. Sam and Harper will play original acoustic based songs, as they have before with the lovely Sun Boats. It’s going to be a peaceful day, starting at 11 a.m. at the Gilbreath Chapel.
Come hang Rock Lobsters, it’s time to enjoy the weekend.