Over 24,000 Bay Area fans gathered at the Shoreline Amphitheatre this past weekend for Live 105’s BFD Festival. Anyone who’s turned the radio on in the past decade were rewarded with familiar hits played by this year’s main stage performances by Cold War Kids, Panic! At The Disco, Of Monsters and Men, and Modest Mouse.
Celebrating its 21st year, BFD catered to a diverse, sold-out crowd offering 40 acts on five different stages. Respectively, the afternoon’s lineup was a homage to current Bay Area artists kicking ass around the indie-rock scene, with standout performances by Cathedrals, K.Flay, WATERS, The Limousines, The Family Crest, and more.
This year’s token hip hop artist, Yelawolf, provided a temporary respite from the onslaught of indie rock singles being spewed out by popular artists such as The Orwells and The Kooks, thanks to BFD’s interchangeable double stage setup.
Although the lineup couldn’t stray too far away from the typical Live 105 genre, electronic music’s continuous infiltration within today’s music culture was highlighted in the “Subsonic Tent.” The tent featured electrifying performances by artists such as Robert Delong, whose multi-instrumental on stage performances never disappoint and funky, disco beats provided by French DJ Martin Solveig. The younger crowd swarmed this all-day, pop-up rave and remained unfazed by any of the main stage acts throughout the night. As EDM culture continues to grow in popularity, prepare for festivals of all kinds to further expand upon these DJ stages. Maintaining a comfortable experience between the new-age EDM fan and the average family ticket holders will continue to become a growing arduous task for many festival directors.
However, the thousands who filled the amphitheatre for the main stage acts of the evening were able to catch the more illustrious indie rock artists such as Panic! At The Disco’s go-to cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Modest Mouse, along with its excessive dueling drummers, ended the 12-hour day with a few of its expected hits such as “The World at Large,” and tracks from its highly anticipated 2015 album, Strangers to Ourselves.
As more festivals keep popping up each year, the focus on landing ‘’high-value” headliners will further impede upon the emerging artists that make their way onto a bill. In all, BFD continues to serve as a reliable source to catch those mid-range bands you should already have on your radar and of course, conveniently assembling a lineup of the summer’s “Top Ten Singles” for fans of all ages to see.