I went last year for the first time. Made the 10+ hour drive because the lineup is dirty. Here's the good and bad:
- Sick lineup
- Once you're in the festival, the stages are completely open. You can come and go freely without any security checkpoints at the concert areas. This is the only festival of its size that I've seen that.
- Showers were affordable (like $4, I think?), if you like to shower at festivals (I never have. Haha.
- Festival grounds and staff were nice.
- FREE (FREE!) festival taxis for helping to get your stuff from the parking lots into the venue. Or for just riding around.
- Good selection of food and vendors.
- Port-O-Potties were generally clean and accessible.
- Security was pretty lax for me on the way in, although I heard differently from other people. I think that, just like any other festival, it depends on what line you get in.
- DUSTY! Take a couple of bandanas to wrap around your face. By the end of the weekend, I was coughing up black crud from inhaling the dust.
- Late nights (in the barn) cost extra money and you must buy tickets in advance. This was not really an issue because there was plenty of other stuff to see and do all night.
- If I remember correctly, I had to pay extra for parking (~$10).
- You are not allowed to bring in ANY outside alcohol. People snuck in beer and liquor, so we didn't have any issue buying it all weekend. The festival sells 12 packs for something outrageous (like ~$30). Be creative when sneaking things in, or just seek people out to buy from once you're in.
- It was hot as hell last year (abnormally so) and there is no shade unless you're in the woods or under your EZ-up.
- Overlapping sets. You CANNOT see every moe. and UM set, and you WILL have to make some serious decision about which shows to go to. I guess this is a blessing and a curse.
All in all, I would say 100% that you should go if you can afford the ticket. If it were more convenient for me, I'd definitely be going for the lineup.