This past weekend, from May 12-14, the fifth annual Shaky Knees Festival hosted a diverse group of over 60 musicians. With a variety of local food trucks based in and around the Atlanta area, they were definitely a big hit, with several top sponsors, like Ford and Jack Daniels. Shaky Knees is known for securing popular headliners, in addition to focusing on indie talent that may or may not have the exposure a large festival brings. This year's performers were just as eye and ear-catching as ever. Here are our top five "unforgettable" moments that resonated with us at Shaky Knees.
1. Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes mid-afternoon rage set.
This U.K. based band is very popular in their homeland, but are relatively unknown in the U.S. However, band-leader Frank Carter is known in the U.K. and the U.S. for his time in the previously well-known band, Gallows. Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes were one of the first band's to play mid-day on the first full day of the festival, and they did not disappoint. From coming out on stage in Carter's signature pin-stripe suit, and getting the crowd to head-bang around noon, and in the heat, says a lot to the longevity of this band. They're in it for the long haul and for the fans to join them in their raucous set.
2. FIDLAR brings 90s grunge back with a 2017punk edge.
The LA punk-rock band's set on the Piedmont Stage at Shaky Knees was exactly what their audience was soaking up. From their head-thrashing, guitar-screaming songs, the crowd moshed, crushed and threw beer cans until they were thrown out for being disruptive. With songs like "Stupid Decisions" and "Cheap Beer," it's no surprise the crowd reacted the way they did.
3. Bishop Briggs brings it with strong vocals and creative lyrics.
This charming, pixie-like musician blends folk, pop, and electronic music with her incredible voice, she surprised and had the audience reacting to every move and beat with Briggs. Her single "River" is sitting at #3 on the Alternative chart, and she's the only female in the top 10. She's also opened for hitmakers, Coldplay, Kaleo, and Passion Pit. When she sings, folks stop, listen and wonder "Who's that?!" We did too.
4. Third Eye Blind had the audience singing "Jumper" in unison.
For 90s rock lovers, Third Eye Blind's self-titled debut had a slew of number-one hits with "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper," and "How's It Going to Be," among several others. This April marked the 20th anniversary of their debut album. With the band taking the main-stage and singing a number of their hits, including new ones, when they performed "Jumper," the audience sang in unison, and was a beautiful collaboration with fans and the band.
5. The xx's dreamy set.
Known for their indie-pop and ethereal songs, The xx did not disappoint during their performance on the Peachtree Stage. Their lush vocals, combined with their instrumental prowess made for a mesmerizing set that lingered with fans during and after. Fans were still talking about their performance the next day.
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