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All Points West Music & Arts Festival Returns To Liberty State Park

Returning for its second year, the All Points West Music and Arts Festival will kick off this Friday with a bill that has something for everyone.

With bands like Coldplay, the Ting Tings, Vampire Weekend and Tool, there's plenty of must-see acts to choose from.

Organizers are expecting nearly 100,000 ticket holders to swarm Liberty State Park in Jersey City, where 65 bands will be simultaneously playing on three stages, over three days.

Unlike last year's lineup, which featured a wide variety of Indie rock bands like Radiohead and Kings of Leon, this time around, organizers decided to dabble into the top fourty.

"We really wanted the event to have something for everyone," said Mark Shulman, Vice President of Talent for AEG Live, the company responsible for producing several live entertainment and sports events around the world. "We have great hip hop acts, great rock acts, indie acts, alternative acts ... you know we wanted to bring these guys in and give everyone a different experience at the same event so they could really hone in on what best speaks to them."

With Lady Liberty looking on from Liberty Island, The National, Vampire Weekend and the Yeah Yeah Yeah's - just to name a few - will kick off the festivities in day one.

Originally, New York's-own Beastie Boys were slated to headline Friday's show, but were forced to cancel after group member Adam "MCA" Yauch was diagnosed with cancer. In a last minute move, however, organizers called on the biggest hip hop star alive, Jay-Z.

"We all got together and tried to decide who was the best fit, and amazingly he was available," Shulman said about the unexpected addition. "It was a Hail Mary and we got it."

In a festival that covers pretty much every genre, metal heads will rejoice when Saturday's headliner Tool takes them to that deeply unsettling place - and they'll like it. The Ting Tings, also scheduled to perform Saturday, will bring some much needed stylish pop to the park.

MGMT, New Jersey's-own Gaslight Anthem and headliners Coldplay, wrap up what's expected to be a diverse and eclectic weekend, that will even include some comedy.

YouTube sensation Bo Burnham, comedian Janeane Garofolo, funnyman Judah Friedlander will perform in a format not seen in last year's lineup.

"You could come and experience a full, three-hour comedy show and actually never see any music," said Shulman. "It's all up to you and how you want to experience All Points West."

As part of their green initiative, organizers are urging all ticket holders to use public transportation when going to the festival this weekend. For more information on steps organizers are taking to make the festival an eco-friendly event, or to check out the lineup and set times, visit the All Points West Festival website.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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