Vice President, Aaron, and I were able to attend Bumbershoot on Monday, September 7, 2015. While unfortunately we couldn’t see all the wonderful acts around the festival, we were able to snag a couple spots at the mainstage in Memorial Stadium. Electro-pop was a steady theme throughout the day and the fact that each act used it in a different way kept things interesting and entertaining.
Big Data was the first to take the stage and set the mood for the following four acts. Big Data is a musical project by Alan Wilkis that focuses on society’s reliance on data. Wilkis teamed up with Liz Ryan for an ironic and entertaining set. The set opened with a computer announcing Big Data’s entrance before his hit song, “Dangerous,” filled the stadium. Each song was filled with a unique energy – not often an electro-pop band focuses on the dangers of technology while using it to create their sound.
Toward the middle of the set, acknowledging the ways of today’s youth, Big Data took a selfie break where they stopped playing and stood on stage allowing their audience to take selfies with the band. Adding to the paranoia theme, they did a phenomenal cover of Hall & Oates’s “Private Eyes” that electronically put the original to shame. Wilkis and Ryan put on a great show that set the mood for the remainder of the day.
Up next was Bothell native, Robert DeLong. Talk about using technology to fuel your music! DeLong used synthesizers, drum sets, and even video game controllers to create his funky sound. Think of him as an electronic Ben Folds. His singles “Long Way Down” and “Don’t Wait Up” were huge hits with the crowd as he played to the cameras and sound mixing. Watching his one-man-band act live was a one-of-a-kind experience that modern audiences don’t get to experience much anymore.
There are performers who are alone on stage and there are performers who cover every aspect of the music by themselves. DeLong is a master multi-tasker and isn’t slowing down anytime soon. For a full review of his upcoming album, check out Aaron’s review here!
Slowing things down a bit, Brandon Flowers, known for being the lead singer of The Killers, took the stage. His set was classic rock and roll from start to finish, which was a nice change from the electro-pop. He interacted with the crowd and balanced out the levels from the electronica that proceeded him. As he contemplated whether we were humans or dancers and was stuck in the crossfires of Heaven and Hell, the crowd rejoiced in the blasts from the past interspersed with his new music.
Compared to the previous two sets, his was a bit more raw and open as he interacted with the crowd and even teased a bit with threats of doing a cover of “I’m Too Sexy” or “Sexy and I Know It” before finally breaking into the beloved “Mr. Brightside.” His set was the perfect transition into the next act – Hozier.
Taking the rock and roll vibe from Flowers and blending in that folky feel that we all love here at Lemonade, Hozier put on an amazing show. That man’s velvety smooth voice is just as amazing live as on his self-titled album that we’ve all been loving for the last year. The Irishman serenaded the crowd with his hit singles “From Eden,” “Someone New,” and of course, “Take Me To Church.” Possibly the highlight of his set was his cover of Ariana Grande’s “Problem” mashed up with “Regulate” by Warren G. Everyone in the crowd unified in singing together, setting the perfect stage for the final act of the night.
Ellie Goulding electrified the stadium as soon as she hit the stage. The day had been split 50/50 between electro-pop and rock and Goulding brought the night full circle with her blend of all of the above. To say that she puts on an amazing show wouldn’t be doing her justice. Even in a Daffy Duck hockey jersey that girl rocked the stage from start to finish. She bounced around to every corner of the stage, making stops at each side and at her drum set in the middle of the stage. Even though the night was wrapping up, energy was high and everyone in Memorial Stadium was having a blast.
Goulding covered all her major hits including her debut single, “Lights,” her latest hit from 50 Shades of Grey, “Love Me Like You Do” and everything in between. She was a remarkable end to a fantastic day.
Bumbershoot 2015’s mainstage on Day 3 was electrifying. The perfect blend of sounds and styles made for one of the more entertaining performances I have been too. And to those who recall the claustrophobic concert going, there were no crowd issues this time, which made the day immensely more enjoyable. Aaron and I wrapped up a successful day 3 at Bumbershoot. Here’s hoping we’ll be back next year as a full team!
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