I just realized I didn’t do a Riot Fest 2015 recap!! This was mostly because I was so darn wet/cold on Saturday, I couldn’t even think of writing anything.
On Saturday, we saw full sets from Thrice and my loves All Time Low, plus partial sets from moneen, Coheed and Cambria, Cancer Bats, and Echo & the Bunnymen. Mostly, we walked around and ate food, because we were cold and wet and eating food made us feel better.
We did get to hear one of our absolute favourite ATL songs live for the first time, though, so that was awesome.
Sunday, we saw part of Frank Turner (recommended if you, like us, enjoy Bruce Springsteen), Bleachers, and Weezer who performed Blue Album in full! We also heard-but-didn’t-see Rancid (we may have been eating again…) and it was considerably nicer (i.e. warmer) than it had been the day before.
It was a great experience, but I really could have done without the rain (it poured while we stood in line on Saturday, which meant we spent most of the day soaked!). I was also able to come up with five truths and I’m already looking forward to next year!
It’s summer, which means it’s concert season. Since I’ll be attending Warped Tour for the sixth time on Friday, and I’m pretty much counting down the days until Riot Fest in September, I put together some tips and tricks to surviving a day-long music festival. You can check it out here and let me know if I missed anything important!
Also, feel free to check back on this blog next Monday for my Warped recap!
Photo by Adam Elmakias, one of my favourite photographers – go check him out!
This year, Ro and I hit 30 concerts. 30!!!! This was a personal best for us, and it was our goal for 2014 (we were unbelievably excited when we bought tickets for that last show). There were a couple of duplicates – some favourite bands that came to town on more than one tour – but we also saw a few bands we’ve never seen live before.
This list is pretty much in order, but the lines sort of blur once you get past the top ten. Yay live music!
This weekend was Riot Fest – or RAGE Fest, as I like to call it, because I spent two days dancing/screaming/flailing (“raging”) in the mud.
Now, if you’re anything like me, you’ve been steadily chanting “Ri-ot Fest, Ri-ot Fest” since May when this glorious line-up was announced. I’ve never been to Riot Fest before (it’s celebrating 10 years in Chicago this year, but only started crossing the border in 2012), so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Like Warped, it was a day (well, two days) full of music and merch, but since there was a smaller selection of bands to see per day (compared to Warped’s 80+ bands), it was a bit easier to navigate. Of course, bands still manage to conflict with each other (in terms of stage times), but it seemed more balanced. The one downside is that it was held at Downsview Park (essentially a very large field), and, since there had been an intense thunderstorm Friday night, there was less grass and more mud. I don’t think my shoes will ever be the same.
Highlights from SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6:
After the daily line-up was released, we discovered that 99% of the bands we wanted to see were playing on Saturday. Since we had already purchased two-day passes, we naturally went on Sunday too, but Saturday was definitely better. Here are the bands we saw along with the song I had most wanted to hear:
New Found Glory:
Taking Back Sunday:
Bring Me the Horizon:
Rise Against: (sidenote: I haven’t listened to them in at least a year, but their set reminded me of how good they really are. Gonna have to start listening to them again.)
We also saw parts of Glassjaw, Circa Survive, Manchester Orchestra/Citizen(because they were playing on stages that were close to each other, so we could technically hear both), Death From Above 1979, and The Flaming Lips, but I cannot tell you what songs they played because I had never listened to them before. I quite liked Circa Survive, though, and will probably look up them and Manchester Orchestra.
Highlights from Sunday September 7:
Tokyo Police Club:
Death Cab for Cutie:
As you can tell, there were less bands that we wanted to see on Sunday compared to Saturday (ironically, Sunday was also warmer and less muddy than Saturday, so it would have been the better day to be running back and forth between stages). While wandering the grounds, we also caught parts of other sets including The Hotelier, Die Antwoord (definitely not for everyone *grimaces*), Social Distortion, and Stars. Of the three bands we saw in full, we’ve only listened to Death Cab on occasion (I recognized a surprising amount of songs), but I really enjoyed Tokyo Police Club (I must have heard “Hot Tonight” before because it sounded very familiar) and Dropkick Murphys were a lot of fun.
Final verdict: I loved Riot Fest. It was a new adventure, but one I would love to experience again. Here’s hoping next year’s line-up will be even crazier!