Day 3 was simply too hot to take in all of the early afternoon shows. I woke up feeling like my brain was actually cooking due to our tents being under direct sunlight. Camping provided little opportunity for good sleep and physical recharging. I had planned to catch the Sheepdogs but I just couldn’t do it. I did manage to make it to Brave Shores under the WayBold stage and what a show it was. Praise jesus the stage was shaded because the dancing that ensues at a Brave Shores show could have proved too much in the sun. I managed to capture a quick video but in no way is it an accurate representation of how great their set was, but it’s better than nothing. I’m still a new fan of these guys but I’m glad to have had the opportunity to discover a little more. Seeing them means I missed July Talk yet again, but their time for me will come.
Next, we headed to Cold War Kids. I’ve been dying to see them for ages. I have been a fan for a while now and was so excited to hear my favourites in the flesh. The highlights for me were definitely Miracle Mile and First, but their entire set was a treat for the ears. Again, seeing them means I missed Broods and HIGHS, but what can you do. My friends managed to catch HIGHS and took a few videos so at least I can confirm their set was a smashing success.
We hit up the main stage for St. Vincent and Brandon Flowers. I’ll be honest, I’d never been a huge fan of either but in person they definitely killed it. St. Vincent was so quirky that it was quite entertaining to watch, and Brandon Flowers had the whole crowd on their feet. He threw in some Killers classics so there were enough familiar tunes to sing along to. I danced the entire time and would definitely see him again.
Luckily, I had a chance to catch Vance Joy for the third time in the past year. I can’t say enough about how amazing he is. His voice is amazing and he has a way of commanding a massive audience while playing acoustic ballads that is so impressive. I will take every opportunity I have to see him and I hope I never miss a show when he’s in town. As always, Riptide blew the crowd away. Since I’ve seen him twice already and he’s only released one album, it was really great to hear some new material. I’m a big fan of Fire and the Flood and can’t wait to hear what’s next.
Vance Joy, the love of my life
There’s no better way to end an amazing festival than with a beautiful voice so full of love like Sam Smith’s. Every time he told the story behind one of his songs I could feel his passion so strongly that I felt like I had experienced all of those emotions myself. There are few artists capable of giving me goosebumps and I had them throughout his entire set. The combination of his beautifully tragic lyrics, soulful voice and my own sadness over the festival coming to a close had me near tears the entire time. I realize that sounds so cheesy but I know some members of my crew actually did cry so that makes me feel a little better for being so taken by his performance. He deserves every award he’s ever gotten and then some. My favourites were Latch, Money on my Mind, Nirvana and of course, Stay With Me. I’m so happy he’s become as successful as he is today and that I’ve had the chance to experience it in person. Sam Smith, and this entire festival, was an experience I know I’ll never forget.