Rockin’ at Riot Fest

As someone who goes to concerts a lot, I’ve been pretty bummed out this year from the lack of concert-going. Most of my friends don’t share the same taste in music. The last concert I went to was the Kongos in February and I only knew one song so I wasn’t really into it. I was pretty glad to have won passes to Riot Fest.


Day One

Saturday started out as a disaster but it ended up being not so bad. We waited in line to get into the venue for about an hour, and it started pouring heavy rain. It was awful. We spent most of the day going on the few rides they had and despite how unstable they felt and how terrifying they were, they were pretty fun. Here’s a view of the festival from the Ferris wheel:

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

It was much more packed than this on day two. It could’ve been the rain or maybe it was because everyone wanted to see Wu Tang on Sunday. Who knows.

We checked out the StubHub #NoMoFoMo tent mostly because we wanted to escape the freezing cold outside. Smaller bands played in there which was pretty cool.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

We sat by the fence for All Time Low. I would’ve liked to have been in the crowd but I already saw them at Warped Tour 2012 so I was fine with just sitting. I haven’t listened to their newer stuff but they did play some older songs which I did know. I didn’t get any pictures or videos because I was too far away. For the most part, I think I just tried to enjoy the music more this weekend rather than try to take pictures of or record everything.

Weezer was wonderful and they came for both days which was pretty awesome. I only just listened to “Pinkerton” the night before and the morning of. At the end they played some other stuff that wasn’t on the “Pinkerton” album such as “Pork and Beans”. It was pretty cool.

We saw some of Alexisonfire’s set before leaving. The only song I really know and like from them is “This Could Be Anywhere in the World” but I didn’t stay long enough to find out if they played it.


Day Two

I guess the weather for day two made up for day one. I wore a sweater and jeans because I was not about wearing a tank top and shorts again. Darn you, fall weather! We decided to just check out bands for day two.

IMG_1131

We saw Tyler, the Creator first. He has a really good stage presence and that was cool to watch. The music wasn’t my kind of music though. Side note: he’s especially adorable in real life.

Bleachers was amazing. I only just listened to their full album the morning of, but after listening to their set, I fell in love. “Rollercoasters” is one of my all-time favourite songs and I pretty much died of happiness when they played it.

I’m not a huge fan of rap music (in fact, I’m not even a fan at all) but Wu Tang’s set was pretty sick. I really wanted to see Weezer perform “Buddy Holly” but ah well. I don’t understand why they had to schedule two big performers at the same time.

We caught the last bit of Weezer’s set after leaving Wu Tang a bit early. When they played “Beverly Hills”, I wanted to run into the crowd and scream out all the lyrics. However, we were sitting down pretty far away so we just enjoyed it from afar.

The funniest thing about my weekend was that it was a first date. In other circumstances, I would probably never go to a music festival as a first date. Spending two whole days with someone for the first time is actually a huge commitment. But hey, it turned out to be not so bad.

I honestly wasn’t a huge fan of this year’s lineup. I only really wanted to see Weezer and Bleachers. Riot Fest’s 2013 and 2014 lineups were amazing, and you can find some clips if you dig through¬†my Vine.

Until next year, Riot Fest.

Jessica Lam

Jessica Lam

21-year-old media student, lifestyle blogger, and social media addict. Follow me + keep updated with my latest posts on Bloglovin & Facebook.
Jessica Lam
Follow:
Share: