Future Islands, Haerts + More Rock D.C.’s ‘All Things Go Fall Classic’
Grey clouds and consistent downpours didn't stop D.C. music lovers from seeing Future Islands, Haerts and other acts at this year's edition of the 'All Things Go Fall Classic' on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 13).
Set in Dock 5 of Union Market in the northeastern part of Washington, D.C., the one-day festival -- which made its debut yesterday -- went off without a hitch despite the gloomy weather at the top of the event.
Local acts Young Summer and Sun Club kicked off the day's festivities, and although the rain was starting to come down, concertgoers gathered at the stage and danced around without a care in the world. Seeing that impenetrable enthusiasm especially excited the New York indie pop outfit, Panama Wedding, whose lead singer, Peter Kirk, celebrated his birthday at the show. With their bouncy pop melodies and solid harmonies on songs like 'All of the People,' fans couldn't help but enjoy the beats.
U.S. Royalty brought their American rock sound to their hometown, including tracks from 2011's 'Mirrors' and their latest LP, 'Blue Sunshine.' For those who were new to U.S. Royalty's live show, they quickly learned just how animated lead singer John Thornley can be.
But D.C. didn't show love just for the hometown guys; they were also just as excited for the out-of-towners, like Brooklyn's Bear Hands and Haerts; both bands played high-energy sets that drew in big crowds. And although Haerts had a late start due to soundchecking issues, it seemed like nobody cared once the show started. That might be partly due to the fact that they debuted a brand new song, featuring the lyrics, "We are on the road taken / We are on the right battle."
While the line-up might have lent itself a bit more to the indie and alt-rock crowds, Tove Lo drew in an overwhelming crowd with her dirty pop tracks like 'Not on Drugs,' 'Habits (Stay High)' and other newer songs that are slated for her upcoming debut album, 'Queen of the Clouds.'
And rounding out the festival was quite possibly the most animated act anyone has seen in a long, long time. Future Island's frontman, Samuel T. Herring, let his onstage dynamics flow from his growls and accents that he threw into each song. Freestyle dancing, intense character portrayals ... all just in a day's work for Herring.
If you weren't lucky enough to be at the 'All Things Go Fall Classic,' enjoy our photos of the day's performances below:
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