Rockstar Energy Disrupt Festival hit 25 cities this summer. With only one band performing at a time, fans can see and enjoy full lineup in one day. With only a few dates left, we caught the festival at White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington on July 23rd.
Seattle weather was very cooperative and brought some cooler Pacific Northwest air into the festival grounds. Unlike the majority of venues where Disrupt took place this summer, all of the acts were happening on one main stage instead of two.
The day started out with Hyro The Hero, who brought a fusion of rap and rock combined with leaps and some parkour moves. Juliet Simms took stage afterward with a more relaxed set of rock music, giving the crowd a break from the mosh pit. Next up were Memphis May Fire and Four Year Strong. Andy Black captured the attention of the crowd from the first to last minute of his set. He performed “Ghost Of Ohio” from his latest album, as well as a cover of Billy Idol’s “Dancing By Myself”, followed by a couple of hits like “Ribcage” and “We Don’t Have To Dance” from his previous record.
Sleeping With Sirens really worked the stage. Kellin Quinn was swinging mic cord up in the air and leaping all over the place.
By 6pm, headlining bands started to make their appearance. Metal act Atreyu opened their set with “The Time Is Now” and a cover of Bon Jovi’s “You Gave Love A Bad Name” was also in their setlist. Thrice continued the night with a calmer post-rock set of songs, performing “Only Us” and “Just Breathe” to name a couple.
Circa Survive delivered incredible vocals to their fans. You could tell the crowd had lots of fun with numerous crowd surfers. Security worked hard at the barricade, catching people coming non-stop.
Canadian punk-rockers Sum 41 gathered the biggest crowd of the night. They performed the greatest hits of all time “The Hell Song”, “Over My Head”, “Still Waiting”, and a cover of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” with punk-rock twist. They also played a newer song titled “Out For Blood.” The band just released their 7th studio album Order In Decline and most likely will be throwing a US tour to support it, as they promised to come back to Seattle this coming fall.
The Used finished the night by bringing high energy set, playing “Take It Away”, “The Bird And The Worm” and “Buried Myself Alive” for old school The Used fans.
Disrupt is a great one-day festival experience, fully packed with loud rock music. Without conflicting set times, you can enjoy the whole show. Next summer it surely will bring more fun. Until next year!
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Photos and Review by Marina Boichuk