The lengthy pageant weekend had handed within the blink of an eye fixed, as a result of simply as quickly as Bastardane had opened the pageant, Sunday had already rolled round. The mighty Foo Fighters have been set to headline Day 4 of Sonic Temple, and with Memorial Day simply hours away, the group swelled to its largest quantity but. And except for the specter of gentle rain that by no means materialized, the climate throughout the pageant weekend was nothing in need of springtime perfection. Sunday’s tender solar and light-weight breeze have been definitely no exception.
Holy Wars opened the principle stage with various steel bliss and an brisk gathering of followers to sing their praises. Regardless of being a gap act of the pageant, the up-and-coming band has already amassed a big (and virtually cult) following, and their post-show autograph session generated a line that stretched so far as the attention might see. Kat Leon’s eye-catching charisma balanced fantastically towards the musical ability required to execute such an energizing set, and the band’s creative presence crammed up the whole lot of the principle stage with unwavering confidence. As with many different bands that graced the Sonic Temple lineup – notably the opening bands – there may be little query that Holy Wars is an act price keeping track of as they proceed to climb the ranks.
The Soundwave Stage opened with unbounded celestial ferocity, beginning with the pink-saturated spectacle Starcrawler and persevering with to the correct supernova that’s the Nova Twins. Starcrawler didn’t accept the black amps and neutral-tone devices that almost all bands gravitate in direction of. As an alternative, the Soundwave stage was soaked in shades of shiny child pink, as have been the band’s devices and wall of amps. Arrow de Wilde wore one in every of their signature eclectic outfits together with untamed blonde hair, whereas bandmates matched the distinctive look with wild smiles and nonstop movement. Nova Twins have been equally magnetic of their entirety, with vocalist/guitarist Amy Love and bassist Georgia South having traveled from England to dish up their sonic magnificence. These two musicians have been on absolute hearth for each second of their set. They wielded a number of musical duties on stage whereas shouting out on the viewers, entertaining with the grace of seasoned performers, and by no means dropping their smiles. Melting into their brilliance was effortlessly gratifying.
One other deal with to observe carry out was Ayron Jones. This band dialed again the pace a bit from among the day’s earlier performances, they usually introduced with them irreplaceable swagger. Bassist Bob Lovelace was the image of instrumental thrill as he lunged low to the bottom and plucked out thunderous bass notes. As for guitarist Matthew Jacquette, not a single coronary heart at Sonic Temple was nonetheless as he smiled his manner by means of the set with irresistible allure. Masterful guitarist and frontman Ayron Jones not solely wowed along with his guitar expertise, however he additionally modified a string mid-set and mid-song after one broke. What had begun as a small however curious crowd slowly morphed right into a strong mass of individuals craning their necks and making an attempt to get a greater look on the spirited stage. If there have been any skeptics when the set began, there have been none because it completed, and a recent handful of followers have been evidently desirous to observe Ayron Jones wherever he and his proficient crew would possibly stroll.
The Fairly Reckless had a equally spectacular draw for the fun of the efficiency itself, particularly that from vocalist Taylor Momsen. She took to the stage with confidence below the early afternoon solar, and he or she danced alongside together with her alluring vocal melodies. Nothing Extra matched the identical creative vitality, notably as vocalist Jonny Hawkins emerged (shirtless, as is his signature) and drenched in dripping black and purple paint. His sweat-soaked curls bounced as he floated from left to proper on gentle ft, microphone clenched in an keen hand, and his eyes have been livid with ardour and zeal. Each acts have been alight with tangible ardor.
There have been extra points of interest than simply the artists at Sonic Temple, and except for distributors and nonprofits scattered throughout the stadium grounds, there have been particular areas devoted for concertgoers with particularized wants. One such instance was the Sober Temple, hosted by Harmonium, Inc. DWP has partnered with Harmonium for greater than a decade. The group goals to attach with people on the intersection between music and sobriety, and consists of people that employees occasions whereas remaining each clear and sober.
Sober Temple desk employees and Harmonium consultant Zach stated that the Sober Temple sales space aimed to “present a protected house for people who’re selecting to be sober or abstain throughout the pageant.” The sales space was well-attended all through the pageant, with greater than 45 people attending the Saturday afternoon assembly, and two conferences have been hosted per day all through the pageant. These day by day conferences reached people that included “individuals in or in search of restoration, their pals, supporters, and allies.” As a longtime DWP associate, Harmonium representatives and sober areas will be discovered at DWP occasions throughout the nation. For these involved in areas like Sober Temple at Sonic Temple and different DWP occasions, try official DWP pageant maps and publications for places and extra data.
One artist that will not have appeared like an ideal style match for the rock-oriented Sonic Temple was Grandson. The Canadian rap-rock and various hip hop artist was the closing act on the Soundwave Stage, and he introduced forth followers and crowd surfers to the barricades in droves. The attractive stage setup included a deep forest backdrop – a homage to the quilt of his newest album – and a platform for each Grandson and his supporting artists to face upon as they carried out. Touching music accompanied a setlist that balanced new materials with main hits, however as the group demonstrated, even current releases like “Drones” had a whole bunch of voices singing alongside in time with the music. Grandson was all smiles for the group as he bantered between songs, regardless of how critical these songs may need been. He additionally teased these in attendance for their very own weak efficiency: “you guys mosh like previous individuals fuck!” This banter was fairly the distinction to the gut-wrenching stay rendition of “Despicable,” which had tears welling in even essentially the most stoic of eyes.
Youthful vitality and pain-made-art outlined Grandson’s gut-wrenching efficiency. He climbed down from the towering stage with a single bounce, and clambered again on with obvious effortlessness, operating forwards and backwards throughout the barricade in between. Maybe essentially the most thrilling a part of Grandson’s wholly engrossing set was the closing tune “Blood // Water.” Grandson started by talking on to all queer, trans, and different persecuted viewers members, and he instructed them that they’d at all times be welcome at a Grandson present and at his stage. This monologue continued as a smiling crew member tossed greater than two dozen water bottles out and into the group. When the primary refrain hit, Grandson referred to as for the group to open the bottles it had simply been handed, and an countless spray of water exploded in a refrain of sun-catching rainbows and raucous cheers. The timeless saying might assert that blood is thicker than water, however as Grandson demonstrated, the bonds of music will be the most tenacious of all.
Chic With Rome (a Chic spinoff headed by Rome Ramirez and with a concentrate on Chic songs) have been definitely among the weekend’s best crowd pleasers. With a rock-heavy set that centered on feel-good beats and spirited vitality, nightfall fell amidst smiles and heads nodding in rhythm. Tens of 1000’s idly munched at their dinners – together with all the things from loaded fries to cartons of ramen noodles to lobster mac ‘n’ cheese – whereas Chic With Rome enticed them. It was really easy to hearken to, and a combination of cerebral visuals and comforting vocals made this an ideal transition from night into dusk. Planes overhead combined with cerulean lights made the complete set really feel like one thing from a multidimensional music video.
Foo Fighters have been the ultimate headliners on the spectacular and expansive Sonic Temple billing. This present was notably particular because the band was nonetheless recent in its return from the devastating and premature demise of drummer Taylor Hawkins roughly one yr prior. There have been numerous shirts providing tributes to Hawkins within the crowd, and there was additionally unimaginable help for newly introduced drummer Josh Freese. The set additionally paid care to materials that was nostalgic to the Hawkins period of the band, in addition to together with a medley of covers that formally launched Freese as the brand new drummer of the band. David Grohl was simply as sort and charismatic because the status that has lengthy preceded him. With a two-hour closing set, Foo Fighters sincerely impressed, and left tens of 1000’s of glad concertgoers cheering for extra lengthy after the encore.
Sonic Temple 2023 was nothing greater than a veritable success. Tens of 1000’s streamed by means of the doorways of the Historic Crew Stadium throughout 4 days, 1000’s extra shored up for 4 nights of tenting, and Columbus was flooded with cross-country and worldwide vacationers. There was cheering, crowdsurfing, moshing, and even marriage proposals amidst internationally well-known acts performing their units. DWP has as soon as once more delivered nothing in need of sonic excellence, and has paved the way in which for a profitable return of Sonic Temple in 2024.
Particular due to Samantha Buckman for her writing contributions to this article.
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