On a sorching Sunday afternoon at BB&T Pavilion, Radio 104.5 kicked off Day 1 of their 11th Birthday Celebration. As one of the nation’s premiere alternative radio stations, 104.5 entered its second decade in style with a slue of performances from some of the biggest alt acts around.
Philly area natives Saint Slumber opened up the main stage this year and set the tone early. The Neighborhood played a strong set, with frontman Jesse Rutherford electrifying the crowd. L.I.F.T got things going on the New Music Discovery Stage, followed by Slenderbodies who opened their set with a brand new track.
The Aces slayed and Joywave drew a massive crowd as they closed out the New Music stage. Inside on the main stage, Misterwives brought high energy and CHVRCHES were dynamic.
Walk The Moon, who’s Press Restart Tour stopped in Philly back in January at The Fillmore, once again were nothing short of spectacular. Portugal. The Man continue to prove that they are one of the most dominate live acts on the planet right now. The boldly covered Metallica and Pink Floyd successfully and mashed up The Beatles and The Rolling Stones with their own tunes.
Thirty Seconds To Mars headlined the day, leaving fans in awe of their production that featured an extended stage into the pit, massive LED screens, huge balloons, confetti, and Jared Leto being elevated high above the stage during “The Kill (Bury Me).” In addition to that track, other highlights included “Kings and Queens,” “This Is War,” “Dangerous Night,” “Walk On Water,” and the band’s latest single “Rescue Me.”
On June 30, the celebration continues with performances by The Wrecks, Dreamers, Glorious Sons, The Great Enough, AJR, Sir Sly Missio, Linking Park’s Mike Shinoda, Judah & The Lion, and Imagine Dragons.
– Words and Photos by Matt Bishop Exclusively for Sight of Sound