From electronic to alternative, Endfest delivered the goods

  • SHANNON FIGGINS / edge correspondent
  • Monday, August 14, 2000 9:00pm
  • Local News

BREMERTON — Endfest 2000 provided yet another year of safe musical entertainment.

The End — aka radio station KNDD (107.7 FM) — held its annual summer festival Aug. 5, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

Because of much better scheduling, this year, even with 11 bands on two stages, sets didn’t overlap. And a five-minute passing period was even allotted between sets.

The tickets were more expensive than last year, but the $6 price hike was most likely the result of Korn’s presence and, if so, was well worth it.

Doors opened at 1 p.m., but many fans were left standing in a huge line for more than two hours in about 85-degree weather with no shade.

Surprisingly, no one sold water along the streets until the line was within 80 yards of the main gates. (though Pizza Time pizza was widely available).

The extreme heat took its toll on many individuals, who became lightheaded and fell down. Fortunately, no serious injuries were noted, and those with water bottles bought elsewhere were eager to donate some of their water to help out the dehydrated.

For those of us who remained in line long after 1 p.m., we missed Harvey Danger, the opener, but the band was loud enough that we were happily serenaded along the streets.

Once inside the gates, we were greeted by fans of every musical genre. Techno followers were enthralled by BT’s great performance inside the electronic pavilion, a building devoted entirely to techno music.

The main stage featured MxPx at 2:25 p.m. and proved to be a great show. Their songs "Bremerton" and "Responsibility" were definitely some of the crowd’s favorites.

The next big crowd-pleaser came from 3 Doors Down on the B stage, who performed the hits "Kryptonite" and "Loser."

One of the festival’s two best acts was Third Eye Blind (on the main stage at 5:15). The band gave an incredible show, performing everything from, "Jumper" to "10 Days Late." Lead singer Steven Jenkins also had amusing introductions for each song.

Following Third Eye Blind, rock fans crowded to see Papa Roach and the Deftones. Both the festival newcomers (Papa Roach) and the seasoned pros (Deftones) caused the roughest mosh pits of the festival.

Singer Chino Moreno of the Deftones shocked the crowd when he sang a cover of Weezer’s song, ‘Say It Ain’t So."

For some eye and ear candy, Powerman 5000’s theatrical costumes really got the crowd rocking as they wailed out songs from their album "The Stars Revolt."

As the sun went down, Korn took the main stage and had everyone singing away. Korn, the last band to perform, had the largest crowd. Singer Jonathan Davis gave fans their money’s worth, and the group continued to play long into the night, even as people began to go home.

Overall, Endfest 2000 was incredible and provided fans of all musical tastes with a reason to mosh.

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