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Get Free Tour || Jan. 2018

Indianapolis, IN — With no local support to open up the third date of the Get Free Tour, Lexington, KY natives Picturesque were first to take the stage. Their energetic stage presence and alternative sound immediately grabbed the attention of fans in the crowd, whether they were in the front with their eyes glued to the stage anyway or in the back waiting around for the headlining acts. Because it was guitarist Zach Williamson’s birthday, vocalist Kyle Hollis asked the crowd to join him in singing “Happy Birthday,” despite Zach’s hesitance to make a big deal of it. The fans happily obliged and the set ended on a lighthearted note. Following them was Broadside, a fan favorite for a lot of those in the crowd. Their entire set was fun, energetic, and even funny considering frontman Oliver Baxter’s conversational banter between songs. The stage presence exhibited by every member of the group pumped people up with no issue, and the set really felt comfortable and relaxed, as if everyone in…

Made in America Tour || Nov. 2017

Indianapolis, IN – One hour before the first act was set to play, doors opened to let in about half of the fans that would be in attendance for this date of the Made in America Tour. A solid portion of the front row was made up of young fans with posters in their hands, adorned with the signatures of the Waterparks trio. Being that no locals were opening up for the main ticket, Sleep On It was first to take the stage. They were just in Indianapolis a couple months ago with State Champs, and a lot of Waterparks’ fans already seemed to be familiar with them. The vocalist, Zech Pluister, even discovered that some people had attended multiple dates on the tour before this one. Chapel is an “indie pop-rock duo” from Athens, GA. Their music is incredibly upbeat and their performance is full of energy and euphoria. Both members of this duo obviously have the time of their lives while on stage, especially the drummer, Kortney, who never let the smile leave her face. Pop Punk band As It Is cam…

Rage on the Stage Tour || Nov. 2017

Indianapolis, IN – A line of shivering fans waited outside the doors of Emerson Theater, even as the venue delayed letting them in for almost thirty minutes after the posted door times. The minor setback didn’t detour any of them from rushing into the venue when they finally opened.
The night started out with three Indianapolis locals, the first of which being a band called Vices To Veils. They were energetic enough to get the crowd stirring a little, but the most memorable thing was that the vocalist, Alec Harter, got a nosebleed on stage and continued the set. Multiple people called it “metal as fuck.” Glass Hands followed them, and their energy was something that the crowd thrived on as well. It was clear that they were no strangers to the stage and that a number of people in the audience were fans of theirs, or had at least seen them perform before that night. Voices was the final opening act to take the stage, and a lot of people up front seemed to spend more time gushing about how…

The Road to Riotfest || Sept. 2017

Indianapolis, IN — This was State Champs’ first time back in Indianapolis since Warped Tour 2016, and the fans in attendance welcomed them with open arms and admiration. The large room was packed full of people anxiously awaiting the band to take the stage. Bearings was first up, and their energetic presence and fresh take on the scene was just what the crowd needed to get pumped up for what was to come. Sleep On It followed them up, and the crowd responded as if there were a few long-time fans of the up and coming pop punk band in the room. The last of the openers, Homesafe, kept the energy going and definitely made an impact with some jams from their latest EP, Evermore. When it was finally time for New York natives State Champs to take the stage, the fans in the audience went berserk; unity that could be felt in the room. Everyone was there for the same reason, and even strangers seemed to be having the time of their lives together. State Champs devotees ran in circle pits, crowd-s…

PVRIS || July 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN—PVRIS fans waited patiently outside of Old National Centre for at least 6 hours before the show on July 5th just so they could ensure that they would be one of the first in line to see the trio. Even arriving two hours before doors opened, the line was already wrapped around one side of the venue. Once inside, the crowd gathered in the Deluxe room & waited—no longer very patient—for the show to begin. Indianapolis natives We Are Forever opened up the night, all smiles throughout their whole set. The crowd responded well to their poppy & upbeat sound, though it did take a couple of songs before they really came into it. Flint Eastwood was next, & she looked exactly how I had pictured her—from her hat & pigtails down to her boots. What I did not expect was her intensity & presence on stage, which had me absolutely enthralled with her the whole time she was in the spotlight. The crowd was clearly taken aback by her at first but was eventually just as …

Nightlife in Revolt Tour 2017

This show was memorable from start to finish. First of all, there were only 20-30 people in attendance, so I was able to move freely. I was grateful. Then, A Burden to Bear started off the show, & I found myself in a pickle because there were no front lights.  I thought, "Okay, so the opening band is trying to be edgy and play with minimal lighting. Thanks guys." Turns out, the venue had some kind of a power outage & only one extension cord. This meant they could either have sound or they could have all the lights. The choice was obvious. So I had to try to get decent photos with minimal lights, which led to either silhouettes or noise/grain.  The bands were struggling as well, because they apparently couldn't even see while they were onstage. Despite that, every single one of them killed their set & were trying to get the small crowd involved. Thousand Below was after local support, followed by Vesta Collide, Light Up The Sky, & Youth in Revolt. I'd…

Secondhand Serenade Tour 2017

Before The Streetlights & some guy named Kenny (his last name was strange & I cannot remember it for the life of me) were the local support for this show, and both of them were amazing. It was an acoustic show for every act, so the crowd was not at all rowdy or obnoxious (except for one drunk guy that the whole crowd was getting fed up with, & Hawthorne Heights even told to "shut up"). 
Ronnie Winter, the vocalist for The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, started his set with his band's most renowned song, "Face Down." Of course everyone knew it & was singing along. He also played "Your Guardian Angel" & caused a lot of fans to tear up. Hawthorne Heights played songs like their hits "Ohio is For Lovers" & "Saying Sorry." Everyone in attendance knew those as well. It was amazing to go to a show where no one was getting beat up in a mosh pit & simply singing along & enjoying songs from their youth. I did not ge…