For those who aren't from the area, there is basically one main road to Somerset, and we basically had stop-and-go traffic as we got closer to the tiny city. We had also rented a small lot at the campgrounds, which was a lot more expensive than the concert ticket. Of course, no one could get any sleep, no thanks to all the drunk kids yelling, talking, shooting fireworks, and tailgating (we saw a car bumper crash at some point).
Since I only attended as a fan, I regret not taking any notes or taking any photos, etc. So I have very little memory of the whole thing.
It is funny what you do remember. Since there were three or four stages, I had to 'camp' out at the Hole stage and basically waited for them to go onstage, enduring Marvelous 3 and Sponge. I think I also saw Cake, which wasn't my first time that I've seen the band.
Anyway, across the other stage, I remember hearing the announcement that Backstreet Boys made a surprise appearance! I couldn't believe it, and I turned to look at the other stage. Hundreds of young girls ran toward the stage as five young men came on doing synchronized dancing... Then it all went terribly wrong: Flipp, in clown makeup, came on stage with fake baseball bats and pretend to beat the young men to a pulp. A little deceiving, but what an entrance.
By the time Hole came on stage, all I could remember was looking up at the stage and seeing singer/guitarist Courtney Love flashing me her underwear. She was wearing a short fluffy skirt and had no problem putting one leg up the sound monitor to show off her undies.
I'm pretty sure they played all their hits, including "Doll Parts", "Violet", and "Miss World" (they might have ended their set with this song).
This was pretty exciting to finally see the band. You have to remember that after Kurt Cobain's suicide, the band went into a rather long hiatus and didn't emerge until 1998 for their long-delayed third studio album Celebrity Skin.
Shortly after appearing at EdgeFest, Hole broke up (again) in October 1999.
Needless to say, I did not see all these bands, and realistically if you're at one stage, you're only going to catch about four or five bands.
All images taken from wwwcsfblog.blogspot.
EdgeFest VI at Float-Rite Amphitheatre in Somerset, Wisconsin (29-30 May 1999)