Recap: Edgefest 24

Editor’s Note: Contributing Writer Spencer Vilicic attended this Frisco, Texas music festival, sponsored by the local alternative radio station, 102.1 The Edge, on April 26, 2014. Here’s what he had to say about the performances he attended.
 

Smallpools

 

To close their short, five-song set, Smallpools performed their hit single “Dreaming”, which really set the tone for the rest of the day as people passed beachballs around, sang along jubilantly, and crowdsurfed (or at least attempted to).

“Dreaming” Smallpools

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8EW4UwhUM8]

MS MR

 

With confidence in their performance, MS MR decided to switch up their set in the middle, and cover an Arctic Monkeys song. For the face of the band being only two people, they had a phenomenal stage presence.

“Do I Wanna Know?” Arctic Monkeys (Ms Mr Cover)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X6Axix3gn8]

The Neighbourhood

The Neighbourhood was on stage from about 4 pm to 4:45, performing a great set of about nine songs. The bass was loud on the mixing board and the crowd was going crazy, especially during their performance of “Jealou$y”, an unreleased song that featured catchy rapcore verses split up by a melodic saxophone loop. Many people took their chances at crowdsurfing, including the lead singer of the band, Jesse Rutherford. During their closing song, “Afraid”, Rutherford dove into the sea of hands and managed to get carried all the way back to the Toni & Guy tent, right next to the merchandise tent.

“Female Robbery” The Neighbourhood
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYSqRkqMuLA]

“Let It Go” The Neighbourhood
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mu04NdyStFQ]

“Jealou$y” The Neighbourhood (Unreleased)
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuHYzBBBgxM]

“Sweater Weather” The Neighbourhood
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZPLrilJIKk]

“Afraid” The Neighbourhood
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJmGm_1JGag]

Grouplove

First to come out on stage for Grouplove was their drummer, who pumped up the crowd by accompanying a dubstep song with very intense drumming. When the rest of the band joined him on stage the crowd went wild, and they opened with a passionate performance of “I’m With You”, the opening track of their recently released album, Spreading Rumors. About halfway through their performance, Grouplove covered Beyoncé’s song, “Drunk in Love (featuring Jay-Z)”. Christian Zucconi sang Beyoncé’s part, and Hannah Hooper had the responsibility of rapping Jay-Z’s lines. Grouplove closed their great set with the encouraging song “Colours”, which the crowd responded quite well to.

“I’m With You” Grouplove
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXkAWYUEW58]

“Shark Attack” Grouplove
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Up5gg8hqt4]

“Borderlines And Aliens” Grouplove
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvnB_TnJzmc]

Bastille

As always, London, England’s Bastille opened with their favorite song, Bad Blood. Dan Smith rocked the stadium with his great voice. During their performance of “Of The Night”, he asked the entire crowd to get down and then cued everyone to jump at once, it was a surreal and exciting experience. When Smith performed “Flaws”, he threw on his grey sweatshirt and took a stroll around Toyota Stadium. He exited downstage right directly into the crowd, hiked up the stairs towards the stadium club, then took a right, and came all the way around, back down the stairs behind the stage, entering it upstage right, just as the song ended. All the while, he sang, which put him a little out of breath. They closed with their hit single “Pompeii”; overall it was a great show.

“Bad Blood” Bastille
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AkokTdnogA]

“Overjoyed” Bastille
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mjIdlA4oPY]

“Icarus” Bastille
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRHWxgpjp8E]

“The Draw” Bastille
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmbZsNJB4ow]

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