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The Dose: Edgefest 26 rundown

The Dose: Edgefest 26 rundown

The Struts Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

The Dose: Edgefest 26 rundown
May 02
13:48 2016

Morgan Sullivan | Staff Writer


Edgefest 26 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco played host to some big names who moved a crowd into a spectacular, rowdy raucous. Here are some firsthand takes from a star-studded weekend:

The Struts

Though not super sold on The Struts after seeing them at How the Edge Stole Christmas, the ‘80s glam rock sold me during their set at Edgefest. With a better command of a crowd (and a much larger stage), the English rockers proved their worth. Singer Luke Spiller had the audience in the palm of his hand; clapping when he said to clap and screaming when he asked for more noise. Although the band is fairly new with their debut album “Everybody Wants” released in 2014, they have the stage presence of a veteran rock band. The Struts’ glitzy, in-your-face kind of performance isn’t for everyone, but those who appreciate a throwback kind of sound won’t be disappointed.

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Luke Spiller of The Struts commanded attention with his glam ensemble and infectious stage presence. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor


The Scottish synth-pop band performed in the heat of the day – which was no coincidence, as they brought the heat. Composed of only three members, Chvrches did a phenomenal job of using the entire stage and commandeering the crowd. Hardcore fans packed the pit surrounding the stage. Sunburned and sweaty, they sang along to the dance-y beats. Vocalist Lauren Mayberry had a simple, yet intoxicating stage presence. She twirled around the stage, spinning and singing in a dizzying, animated performance. The stage might have been large for such a tiny little figure, but Mayberry worked it like a queen, completely empowered. Their setup might have been minimalistic, but their set was the opposite. The bass shook the audience to their core, the energy palpable.

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Chvrches boosted the crowd’s energy with their upbeat electronic set during the middle of the day. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor


I’d heard Bastille was somewhat lackluster live, with really good sound, but just somewhat boring to watch. But their set at Edgefest was nothing of the sort. The band entered the stage to a comical version of the 20th Century Fox theme (Somewhat like this one), which got the crowd into it early. During the first song “Flaws,” singer Dan Smith wasted no time getting intimate listeners, hopping off of the stage and singing in the middle of the pit.  The rest of the band’s set was sprinkled with hits like “Bad Blood,” and of course, they ended with “Pompeii.” They also played two new songs the crowd was very receptive to.

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Dan Smith of Bastille gets up close and personal with the crowd at Edgefest. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

Cage the Elephant

As the headlining band slotted right after The 1975, Cage the Elephant had some big shoes to fill. Although much of the crowd left after The 1975, those who stayed were treated to a loud, rambunctious rock show. Right off the bat, vocalist Matthew Shultz had incredible energy. The band’s set was reminiscent of classic rock-and-roll bands like the Rolling Stones. With sweet guitar riffs, a stage full of smoke and a dedicated crowd, Cage the Elephant had some of the craziest energy of the evening. Those who chose to head out early to skip traffic missed out.

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Matt Shultz of Cage The Elephant performed the last set of the night at Edgefest. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

Featured Image: The Struts bassist Jed Elliott was all smiles during the band’s set at Edgefest. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

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