Several changes were made to the festival this year including an increase in ticket prices and the relocation of the side stage, which allowed a larger number of fans to enjoy the performances than in previous years.
The 385-square-foot side stage―which some concert–goers called the main stage due to a “killer lineup”―sat at the end of a quarter–mile stretch of pavement lined with festival games, gift shops and beverage stands.
Side stage performances included the, Atlas Genius, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Saving Abel, Lit, Hollywood Undead and the Silversun Pickups. The festival opened with Thelastplaceyoulook on the main stage followed by Hanni El Khatib, Tremonti, Dead Sara, 10 Years, The Toadies and headliners Three Days Grace.
Some musicians were able to mingle with the crowd between sets, particularly members of Hollywood Undead who use pseudonyms and often wear masks during their performances. The band blends a mix of hip hop and alternative rock for a distinctive, audience–captivating sound. As the musicians passed by minutes before taking the stage, we were able to speak with them briefly.
“I see you're wearing the Texans' hat,” said vocalist George Ragan, a.k.a. Johnny 3 Tears. “Honestly, I think they are the most complete team this year. What's up with that? [The 49ers] are really your only competition, but I think you guys got the best shot.”
Other members of the band―Dylan Alvarez, or Funny Man, and Jorel Decker, or J–Dog―said they were impressed with Houston's amenities and the audience turnout for the concert.
After the festival's headliners finished their sets, the energy at the pavilion continued to surge into the night with the sounds of back stage parties and enthusiastic fans buzzing from the electric performances.