Day two of Vertex came creeping in slowly. The campgrounds were quiet as people emerged from their tents and began to cook breakfast. The tent city here actually has a really nice community vibe about it, and Vertex has pulled in a truly amazing crowd, which is a huge bonus for the overall festi experience of the weekend. Everyone has been respectful and nice, and all about gettin’ down and dancing. Plus festi gear has been on point. I saw some pretty awesome outfits throughout the day, including ladies running around with light-up capes, countless animal costumes, creative signage, lots of light-up jellyfish umbrella things and my personal favorite, a “so hot right now” Mugatu sign.
Music didn’t start Saturday until about 2pm, which felt a bit late for a weekend day. To beat the heat, festiva-goers made their way to “The Beach” to hang out. “The Beach” is basically a little pond surrounded by sand, but,that didn’t stop people from swimming and playing beach volleyball.
It was another incredibly diverse line-up on Saturday. Main stage acts switched from EDM artists like Classixx to legends like Graham Nash. My personal favorite performances of the day were The Revivalists, Graham Nash, Lettuce, and Odesza. The Revivalists really took me by surprise. These guys really do know how to rock, and are extremely talented musicians. Their latest album doesn’t do them justice. Frontman David Shaw literally had enough energy during their performance to power the entire festival. He couldn’t stand still and frequently made epic leaps down and up between the stage and the monitors in front of the audience.
The day hustled on by, and before I knew it the sun was setting and Lettuce was taking the stage. The first song Lettuce played seemed extremely electronic compared to their normal sound. I got super nervous they were going to stray from their classic funk vibes to try to cater to the festival crowd. Luckily, they came ripping in with their second song and got right on down to their dirty funk roots. Game on! It was the perfect pick me up before the last set of the night.
Last night’s closer was Odesza, and he was the perfect ending to an epic eleven hour day of non-stop music. The coolest part of his set was when he brought up the CU drum line. The level of excitement on the students’ faces as they played was unreal. My friend, a CU grad, said she couldn’t help but feel like a proud mama bear as she watched them play with Odesza.
Alright that was day two of Vertex. Spirits are high, bodies are sunkissed, and the first set of today has already begun...
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