If Labor Day weekend signifies the end of summer, I must say this summer ended with a bang. On Friday, I headed to North Coast Music Festival with Sarah, my childhood best friend (shown above). We got there right as the gates opened in hopes of discovering some new-to-us music (which is actually how we discovered Paper Diamond in 2011).
Between The Heard’s addicting funk jams and the dancey beats of ILLtek we found ourselves happily dancing right from the get go! I was unfamiliar with both of these local artists, but I must say I really enjoyed their sets.
While the opening bands (of sorts) were wonderful, we were really there to see Captial Cities, Paper Diamond, and of course, Passion Pit. Capital Cities was putting on an amazing show full of choreographed dance moves when they had to unexpectedly stop halfway through their set due to a severe thunderstorm warning. Everyone was then evacuated from the fest grounds (yes, I’m serious) for a while until the weather cleared up.
As we were leaving the park, Sarah and I unintentionally walked behind stage and found ourselves within a couple of feet of the gentlemen from Capital Cities and other bands - Bonus! We then headed to the Winchester and waited for the whole thing to blow over. When we returned, we were happy to find that they just bumped the lineup back accordingly so we didn’t have to miss Paper Diamond.
Paper Diamond played a killer set, as expected, featuring many of his new songs. Hilariously enough, he ended the set by playing Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz’s “Get Low” and danced with the crowd. It was quite a riot!
Following Paper Diamond, we anxiously waited for Passion Pit to come out. To our dismay (and to their own dismay), Michael Angelakos came out on stage and announced that their gear had all been destroyed during the storm. The entire fest was filled with sadness and anger which was quickly thwarted by the improv DJ set that Passion Pit played for us. Even though none of us came to see a Passion Pit DJ set, they did the best they could with what they had. While disappointing, they still played some awesome music for all of us, and I managed to have a blast despite the circumstances. I guess I’ll just have to go see them some time!
Overall, it was an amazing time, and I can’t wait to see these bands again in concerts to come! I hope all of my fellow US friends also had a wonderful Labor Day weekend full of fun and laughter!