Disrupt Festival 2019
The Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival was the new 2019 punk rock festival of the summer. With a lineup of both experienced acts and newcomers, it was an exciting addition to the summer festival schedule.
Headlining the very first year was The Used, packing their own experience with summer punk rock festivals. They brought the biggest and most elaborate lighting set up, including a light-up heart, straight from the album art of In Love and Death. With seven albums to their name, they played only from their most notable first two albums, including songs “I Caught Fire,” “All That I’ve Got,” and “The Taste of Ink.” They also played a cover of Oasis’ “Wonderwall.”
Next up was Sum 41. They might have been doing this for many years but they still have the agility of youth, as the lead singer dodged a cup of water thrown on stage. Over the 45-minute set, they hit every single one of their hits, including “Fat Lip,” “The Hell Song,” and “In Too Deep,” just to name a few. They released their brand new album four days before, and included new song, “Out for Blood.” Before the end of the night, they teased a new tour and that they would be back in the fall.
Every time I see Circa Survive I wonder if Anthony Green can get any more eccentric and peculiar. The only guarantee is the unexpected with Green and that’s one of the best things about Circa Survive. The set started with Green out on the edge of the stage, waving in fans as they crowd surfed over each other. The set ended with Green standing in the crowd and a literal wave of people crowd surfing towards him. As one person would finish, another would emerge from the crowd, with Green soaking it up the whole time.
Thrice showed their maturity on this tour. They were the fine wine of the tour. Sophisticated songs with smart and intricate lyrics. They showed how you can evolve as artists over 20 years and still hold onto your roots. I just wish they would still play “Deadbolt” more often.
If you thought Atreyu was done, you are wrong. With a new album out they prove they are far from over. Their stage show had a lot of showmanship, letting no one member hold the limelight over another, which made for a fun and entertaining show. Along with a few new songs and their big hits, they also managed to fit in a metal cover/remix of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name.”
When Sleeping With Sirens hit the stage, it was like a changing of the guard. Lighting really took a huge step up and it felt like the show kicked it up a notch. Lead singer Kellin Quinn led that charge as he got the crowd riled up. With a new album on the horizon, they played a new song alongside their fan favorites.
Andy Black got the biggest workout of the day running back and forth on the stage. He came running out onto the stage and didn’t stop til it was over. Going solo really allowed Black to show off his vocal and writing skills. Black’s deep vocals filled the ears of the fans that came early.
Pop punk band Four Year Strong played a strong set, all wearing hats and sunglasses and fully bearded like they had just entered witness protection. Memphis May Fire’s set welcomed back lead singer to the home state that he grew up in. Juliet Simms had a lot of music different than her Automatic Loveletter days but still the same great sound. Unique deep vocals that should have won her first place on NBC’s The Voice in 2012. It’s a real shame Hyro The Hero opened the day so early. Since a lot of people missed one of the most energetic sets of the tour. But damn what a way to open the show. Get there early for Hyro The Hero!
Review and photos by Logan Westom