From Burgers with Bleachers to roasting marshmallows with Magic Giant, the return of ALT 98.7 Summer Camp brought fans together with some of today’s most popular artists in what was one of the most energizing, standout shows of the season. Queen Mary Events Park was this year’s home to LA's NEW Alternative radio station’s annual festival which leant some picturesque views to what was already one of the most beautiful days of the summer.
The lineup for the Aug. 19 show read like a dream for those who can’t get enough of their favorite alternative acts. One-man-band, Youngr, started things off and got the crowd going with his multi-instrumental mastery. Magic Giant followed, and true to form, lifted scores of spirits as they sang with all heart. Austin, Zambricki and Zang got up close and personal with concertgoers as they performed their latest single, “Window,” which is set to be released on Aug. 28.
Up next was Vance Joy who just put out his new single, “Lay It On Me,” in July. Just before the Australian artist wowed the crowd with a stripped-down version of “Riptide,” he stopped to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans backstage. Indie folk band Lord Huron, whose distinct sound is impossible to not fall in love with, then took the stage and delivered a dreamy performance that was equal parts playful and passionate.
Sir Sly proceeded to electrify the audience with hits such as "Gold" and “High,” instantly making everyone move. After that, Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff had the entire place cheering as he leaped off stage, nearly diving into the crowd. The album, Gone Now, was just released in June, which even added some extra excitement for fans.
HAIM set the tone for the evening as they came on just after the sun went down. The trio not only rocked out onstage, but had also some fun interaction with the audience. The sisters wrapped-up by taking epic to another level while they all simultaneously played the same drum set. Continuing the party was The Head and the Heart, who later captivated the crowd with their whimsical rock-inspired beats while fans cried out with special song requests.
The show concluded with an all-around incredible performance by Foster The People. Near the end of the night, just before “Pumped Up Kicks,” Mark Foster expressed the importance of using joy and the power of music to bring people together. With their newest album, Sacred Hearts Club, this band continues to prove that uniting music with a message packs a powerful punch; one that transcends above our differences.
In this one event, ALT 98.7 and iHeartMedia captured everything about the spirit of the season that makes it so enchanting. Just like the summer camp we all remember as kids, the show and its performers left us all with smiles and memories that will last a lifetime.