The day stated off beautiful. The sun was out and we wandered around and picked up some free stuff from vendors and caught Prinze George on the Treehouse Stage (where Halsey would be playing later) and Wolf Alice while lying on the lawn of the pavilion (The 1975 would be playing the MainStage that night).
Okay, onto the music of the day. Mac Demarco had a lot of fans there. A few of them kept shouting, "have my babies!" or "take off your shirt!" which, I apologize, but I totally didn't understand. His stuff was cool, kind of jazz influenced, and I enjoyed it to a certain point: the point where he decided to stage dive. Now I've seen stage divers at like, Warped Tour (I held up Patty Walters during an As It Is set), but not a indie-jazz-influenced set. Not to mention the entire audience was small teenaged girls younger than Sarah and I. But, nevertheless, he did it anyway, and I am still shocked he didn't just hit the floor. Sarah and I used the opportunity to get closer to the barricade while most of his fans moved back to keep him afloat. I'm sorry, but I wasn't impressed, it wasn't the kind of set that you stage dive.
Girl 1: Who's Blondie?
Girl 2: I don't know, I heard they're good.
The person next to me Googled "Blondie" on their smartphone. It made me so upset, many of today's rock and pop stars drew inspiration from Blondie. It also showed how young the audience was. When Blondie stepped out I screamed, it was so cool seeing one of my rock idols on stage in front of me. I used to listen to Blondie's 1979 record Eat To The Beat on my dad's old record player. Seeing her in front of me was so surreal. Yes, she is a bit older, but she still has that iconic voice.
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Now there's only one more set before The 1975. My feet were killing me, and Grimes is on next. During his set, Jesse Hughes was wearing a Grimes shirt and he told the audience, "yeah, I like Grimes! I want to get this set over with so I can watch Grimes like you guys!" (He was kidding of course, the Eagles of Death Metal set was incredible).
Grimes was interesting. I never heard of her before. My old roommate called her his favorite "electronic euro-trash." Grimes looks like a cute little girl, has a super high pitched voice, and speaks with a lisp; she also screams. Her music was a lot of fun; not exactly my scene, but it was fun to dance around after two classic rock sets. It got me super pumped for The 1975!
The 1975 was hands-down my favorite performance. Their setup included structures covered with screens, so the entire stage would light up. They were able to transport the audience to another reality, one filled with silhouettes, pastels, and grungy British rockers smoking cigarettes. That's how I felt while watching them perform. I wish their set was longer, it was only about 45 minutes long. But it included all their hits from both their albums: "Chocolate," "Girls," and "Sex" from The 1975 and "Somebody Else," "The Sound," "UGH!" "Love Me," and "A Change Of Heart" from I Like It When You Sleep, For Your Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It. They also played "She's American" and "If I Believe You" from She's So Beautiful. I think "She's American" should have been a single, it's my favorite song from the album, and Sarah almost cried watching them perform "If I Believe You."
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After The 1975 ended, everybody rushed over to get a good spot for Halsey. Sarah and I had to sit down and rest for a minute. We've been so close to people and standing for such a long time, plus it felt like we hadn't seen each other in a long time because we got separated. So we took a moment and then walked over to the other stage when Halsey had begun performing.
Sarah never really listened to Halsey. I, on the other hand, knew her debut album Badlands very well. I kept singing along with Halsey while searching for a spot. We stayed for a bit, but then decided to bail since we were tired and knew leaving the pavilion would be a mess. I would love to see Halsey again, she's going to have a great career.
Mac Demarco's latest release is Another One, which was released last August through Captured Tracks. It hit #1 on the US Billboard Independent Albums, Alternative Albums, and Rock Albums charts. Mac currently does not have any performances approaching.
Eagles Of Death Metal's latest album is Zipper Down, which was released last October through Universal Music. It was #22 on the Swiss Schweizer Hitparade Albums Chart. Their next performance is tomorrow night in Texas with Thelma and the Sleaze opening.
Blondie's has not had any recent releases, but she hints that a new album is in the works. Her next performance will be in June in Illinois with The Smithereens opening.
Grimes released Art Angles last November through 4AD Ltd. It peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Top Alternative Albums Chart. Her next performance will be tomorrow night in Texas opening for Florence And The Machine.
The 1975's I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It was released in February through Dirty Hit. It was #1 on the Australian Aria Albums, Canadian Billboard Albums, New Zealand RMNZ Albums, Scottish OCC Albums, UK OCC Albums, and US Billboard 200 charts. Their next performance is tomorrow night in Massachusetts.
Halsey's debut album Badlands was released last August through Astralwerks. It hit #1 on the US Billboard Top Alternative Albums Chart. Halsey will be performing later this month in Los Angeles for The Grammy Museum.