Article and Photos by: Bob Linneman
A Nor’easter could not stop the music (well most of it). On a very rainy Saturday in Camden, NJ, local radio station 104.5 held the first of a two-day celebration to mark the station’s ten-year anniversary. The storm did prevent the outside stage from opening which cancelled artists like Chapel, Pale Waves, Tie Shi, Cloves and The Unlikely Candidates from performing.
However, the main stage area was packed along with additional brave souls taking to the lawn section to witness an impressive lineup. PHNTMS, a Philadelphia band kicked things off the event with a high energy set list. Followed by, Rag’n’Bone Man delivering a soulful mix of Hip Hop with a throwback ’60-70’s vibe.
In support of their new release with the self-titled name, Fitz and the Tantrums used every inch of the stage dancing in unison, Fitz and Noelle Scaggs tore up the stage making everyone’s “Hands Clap.” Marty Healy of The 1975 kept the audience mesmerized as he moved across the stage with a mashed up style of David Byrne meets James Brown.
As the alien dancers appeared on the stage, a headdress cut through the fog. Empire of the Sun started a musical journey for the senses. Lead by the multi-talented Luke Steele, the show was totally entertaining, a true one of a kind performance. Bastille led by Dan Smith had the crowd jumping throughout the high-energy performance. Closing the evening, Kings of Leon performed their well-known hits Use Somebody, and Sex on Fire, as well as selections off their new release WALLS.