03/11/2016

A rock-et to the moon

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Wanderland Music and Arts festival came back with a bigger, better lineup of artists.


It’s only March and the local festival scene is looking very promising. After bringing Kid Cudi, The Temper Trap and Augustana, among others, Karpos Multimedia seems to have their music festivals as the standard to beat.

In their fourth year, Wanderland Music and Arts Festival ticked more artists off our wish lists. The Globe Circuit events ground was transformed into a space-themed wonderland. As always, their on-ground activities are a nice way to kill time. They have trampolines, face paint stations, a strange room full of mirrors called The Black Hole and, of course, the much-loved charging station.

Oh, Flamingo! kicked things off and was followed by Jensen and the Flips. Cheats, who just came from Laneway Festival this January, also kept the crowd on their feet. CRWN and Jess Connelly came back to Wanderland and they even brought along Curtismith, who also played his own set in the afternoon, for a few beats.

Other foreign acts like Panama, Commandeur, Chad Valley and San Cisco also took over the stage for the first time this year.

It was around 8 p.m. when The Naked and Famous started their set. Best moment? When they started playing the first few notes of Young Blood, and almost everyone — even the people who stayed in line for 40 minutes just to get water –– ran to the main stage. It was arguably one of the most awaited songs of the night.

After their set — during the interval when Blackbird Blackbird was playing at the Globe stage — there was a brief moment when they flashed a photo of broken branches at the main stage. They were just testing the projections, but we took it as a signal (or a warning) that Bon Iver’s set was going to be full of #feels.

Anyone who says that they didn’t get a teeny tiny eruption of goosebumps when Justin Vernon started singing would be lying. His set was out of this world — pun fully intended. There are only a few artists who sound the same — or better — live. Bon Iver is part of that small group.

We have waited for years to hear Holocene, Blindsided and Skinny Love in person. We didn’t know what how good it could actually be. It’s also best not to talk about that time when he asked the Wanderland crowd to sing “What might have been lost” during The Wolves. That was a magical moment that words can’t ever describe. Ever. 

And then Death Cab For Cutie came out. This might be their second time in the country but people still loved every moment of it, even more so when Ben Gibbard started grabbing phones from the crowd to take selfies. Some people left as early as I Will Follow You Into the Dark to avoid the exiting crowd but they missed The Sound of Settling, I Will Possess Your Heart and Transatlanticism. It was the perfect song to end the night with.

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