A Saturday to remember. It was fully worth it, but I'm at a loss trying to find a way to adequately express the kind of pain I'm in this morning... my feet hate me. My knees hate me. My back is screaming... am I really this old and decrepit? I guess so. But 'No Ragrets;' Saturday was one for the books. Making new friends, sprinting between stages, catching some of my favorite artists, discovering new favorites, sitting down to chat with the incomparable Welshly Arms and discovering more of the hidden art and culinary delights of Life Is Beautiful.
I manage an early arrival this time; sans traffic and parking lot scams, and a whole lot less walking. Saturday's energy is less frantic and somewhat seasoned. Our festival-goers clearly blew off their steam on Friday, realized they had a long way to go, and took a mellow approach to their revelry on Day Two. Again, Saturday's lineup is nothing short of stunning. I kick off my day with an early set by Welshly Arms; bluesy, grungy, energetic Cleveland rock like you've never seen it before. They're goosebumps-inducing good. I still have goosebumps thinking about their set. As lead singer Sam tells me later, "we leave everything on that stage." Unbridled energy, raw raspy passion and the soul of a rock n'roll freight train. I can't rip myself away. I'm thrilled to learn they're about to hit the road again and will be landing in Austin this fall.
AJR follows suit with their delightfully colorful laissez-faire 'nerd pop' energy. A great warm-up for Yungblud on the Downtown Stage, who (once again) blows my mind with an explosion of hair-flippin' high-energy "I don't give a flying f*ck" music. He quite literally flies all over the stage and I need a red bull just to keep up. It's my third time seeing him in three months and once again, I can't rip myself away. Next up, Cold War Kids take over the Downtown Stage with an excellently energetic set. How are they just so good, all the time, every time? I will always have a special place in my heart for these Kids. I have a few minutes to kill, so I wander the food trucks and drink offerings, grab a craft mule and a lemon gelato. I zip over to the Artists Lounge to meet Welshly Arms for their interview and proceed to fall in love with all six of them, all over again. Their love for the music world is contagious. Chatting with them about festival mishaps, tour life and connecting with their audience leaves me thirsty for more. I excitedly learn they're about to go on tour - I'll share their tour schedule with their full story (coming soon).
Next up is Foster the People (how much do we love them?) and a rivetingly futuristic orange-candy-crush celebration on the Bacardi Stage, courtesy of St. Vincent. I am smitten. I kind of want to lick her. Girl crush in full force: zero shame. I catch the end of Gramatik and a toasty, feisty few minutes with Alison Wonderland under the Fremont canopy.
Finally, we reach the pinnacle of the evening (for me, at least) and it's time for the English indie-rock goddess, Florence + the Machine. This is a bucket-list show for me, so 'enthusiastic' would be the understatement of the day. She floats, she flies, she brings an effortless effervescence to the big stage that is just as secretly sultry as it is perfectly pitched. I'm trigger-happy on that camera and I walk out of the pit hoping I've captured the vibrant gravitas of her incredible sound. I catch a few more songs before the pain in my everything catches up and my exhausted self slips out the back gate and home to bed.
It's now Sunday morning and we're two down. One more sunny festival day is left... and with it comes yet another bucket-list band. I'm buzzing over Bastille, but I am positively, ridiculously, giddy to catch Odesza here tonight. Overall, another phenomenal lineup today. Lovelytheband, 3lau, T-pain, LAUV, The Dirty Hooks, Bastille, Tyler the Creator, Arcade Fire and finally, the one and only Odesza. Lawdy, I'm excited for this one. Stick with me for Day Three, follow along on Instagram and Facebook and let's show this festival a thing or two.
Stay beautiful, my lovelies. Xo,