The festival layout made it convenient when traveling from one stage to another to take a sojourn at the ‘Dance Tent’. The above set from London based Erol Alkan was so jaw-dropping head-nodding fantastic I nearly missed Gogol Bordello’s start.

The 9:30 Club deployed its elite force of security personnel en mass at the Virgin Festival. Some sets warranted the special forces of music world security from the 9:30 (Lupe Fiasco) and some had to settle for regular rent-a-cop infantry (Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings).

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus was a pleasant palate cleanser between shows. The traveling troupe and non-profit dazzled with sword-swallowing and high-wire antics.