Some ten thousand hard rock and metal fans gathered amidst the rain last Sunday for JJO Band Camp 2007 on the grounds of Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center. More than a dozen bands -- Stonesour, Sevendust, Godhead, Nonpoint, Burden Brothers, Skillet, Dope, In This Moment, Finger Eleven, Kittie, Deaf Pedestrian, Kicking K8, Black Light Burns, Sydonia, and Reason for Leaving -- were lined up to play on two stages through the daylong festival sponsored by WJJO 94.1 FM, an active rock format station in Madison owned by Mid-West Family Broadcasting.
Aside from any of the music, though, one of the most memorable moments of the festival may have been a massive mud fight among hundreds of revelers just in front of the main stage. Split by a walkway leading out to a sound tent, the battle was conducted between underage revelers and those free to imbibe, all of whom had shelled out nearly forty bucks apiece to fling turf at one another between and during the bands' sets.
One person at the festival armed with a camera shot footage of the flying mud, gazing out from the relative safety of the stage. This five-minutevideo clip follows below.
One attendee who commented on the performances reported getting hit with some of the flying turf during the performance by Kittie. "Unfortunately for me I missed most of their set when a very large hunk of mud came flying down outta the sky and hit me directly on my left eye," she writes.
Of course, some of the music at this year's festival was also captured on video. In particular, one fan of the Boston-based metal quintet Diecast shot five clips of the band performing on the second stage, including "Fractured" (here), "Singled Out" and "Hourglass" (here), and "Fade Away." WJJO, meanwhile, is already counting down the days until Band Camp 2008, which is 352 days away.