With Riot Fest featuring at least 29 bands per day, there isn’t much time to do anything else but listen to the music. But, if you find yourself with copious free time, there actually is plenty to do besides music. Here are 8 things we checked out (and that you should’ve too).
Am I ready to Riot? Well let’s certainly hope so, as I headed to one of the best known and best run Chicago music fests – Riot Fest. This marks the 14th year of this fest in my hometown of Chicago.
On May 19th, 2016, accompanied by the equally seasoned and revered acts Corrosion of Conformity and Clutch, Richmond, VA heavy metal stalwarts, Lamb of God, hit Toronto, Canada’s TD Echo Beach for a night of totally radical loud music.
We caught Sydney, Australia’s grunge rock trio, The Dead Love, at the Horseshoe Tavern as part of the Aussie BBQ’s CMW Showcase.
Swedish warmongers Watain, obliterated Tampa Bay’s The Orpheum with their lethal formula of Scandinavian Black Metal. They came to town as part of the Decibel Magazine Tour’s line-up and oh boy… their set simply ruled! Vocalist Erik Danielsson magnetic aura involved the helpless souls of those in the crowd and by the end of the show instead of an audience the band had in front of them a legion unconditional believers. Hail!
California’s Deafheaven came to Tampa Bay on their current tour with French metallers Alcest. With their ferocious mix of Black Metal, Indie Rock, Shoegaze and Screamo, the band made a huge positive impression on the crowd. They were promoting their debut recording Roads To Judah. Images snagged on a Nikon D-90, Nikkor Lens 19-105mmm f: 3.5 and Tamron 28-75 mm f:2.5.
Hunter City Madness killed in Brockville at the end of November. They played an insane set, and as a special treat for the audience, were even joined by Today I Caught The Plague’s vocalist Dave Journeaux for a song. Amazing performance from all members! Images snagged on a Nikon D90, 14-24mm f/2.8.
Canadian singer/songwriter LIGHTS stopped here in Ottawa to perform a killer set on November 23rd. The energy was amazing and the crowd was absolutely ecstatic to see her perform. Her set included both songs from her latest album Siberia as well as her first full length The Listening, and fans got to enjoy an encore which included an acoustic version of “Cactus In The Valley”. Insane show!
Lifestory : Monologue headlined at Cafe Dekcuf earlier this month and truly blew the whole crowd away. Amazing energy, amazing stage presence, one of the best sets I have seen in a long time. They really got the audience going and absolutely killed it. The slaughter was caught on a Nikon D90, 14-24mm f/2.8.
The Flatliners, one of my personal favourite bands, played an amazing show on the night of October 16th, co-headlining with Living With Lions. They played a solid set, balancing older with more recent songs, and totally killed it. Amazing energy from both the band and the crowd! Photos taken with a Nikon D90, 14-24mm f/2.8.
Dinosaur Bones performed an amazing set on the night of October 7th, playing a number of songs off their latest release titled My Divider. They had not performed in Ottawa in quite some time, it was a pleasure for fans to welcome them back after so long. The set absolutely did not disappoint! Images via a Nikon D90, 14-24mm f/2.8.
This Is A Standoff played an amazing and energetic set in Ottawa on the night of October 28th. This show was part of their first cross-Canada tour in two years, Ottawa was certainly stoked on being able to welcome them back! They headined that night and put on a killer show. Images taken with a Nikon D90, 14-24mm f/2.8.
Broadway Calls, a three-piece punk-rock band from the States, performed a sick set at Mavericks in Ottawa last week. They opened for Living With Lions and The Flatliners and along with The Arteries, really set the energy for the night. Amazing performance! Images via a Nikon D90, 14-24 mm f/2.8.