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Concert Review: Disrupt Festival at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Posted: July 16, 2019 at 10:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Monster Energy hosted the Disrupt Festival, an annual summer rock show in St. Louis this past Monday. There was rain, harsh winds, and the fact that the show was scheduled for a Monday, but it seemed all of these factors wouldn’t work as deterrents as eager fans were still lining up to gain entry to the festival, excited by the diversity of the lineup. While attendance was nowhere near capacity for the venue, the lack of bodies ended up benefiting those with lawn seats as Hollywood Casino Amphitheater was able to move everyone with a GA lawn ticket into the seats under the covered pavilion to shield them from the inclement weather. Further, the festival decided to open the main stage earlier than normal allowing all acts to perform there instead of the previously constructed side stages. 

While the rain was a deterrent, there were many fans of the early 2000’s punk and screamo bands that were determined to stick the day out. It seemed a new set of faces were making their way to the front of the pit screaming the lyrics to their favorite punk-rock songs, especially with the first half of the show – which had a nostalgic lineup, consisting of The Story So Far, Sleeping with Sirens, Andy Black, Four Year Strong, Memphis Mayfire, Trophy Eyes, Meg and Dia, Juliet Simms, and Hyro the Hero. Fans were in for a treat because the majority of these bands had their own tents set up around the festival grounds, selling merchandise as well as doing meet-and-greets with fans, which I am sure is definitely the highlight of the day for many concert goers.  

After the first part of the show settled down, fans got a short reset before the headliners took the stage. It seemed there was something for everyone to enjoy, with Atreyu kicking things off with the first headlining set of the night, amping up the crowd and really using the stage. Sum 41 then came out, reliving the early millennium with audience members as well as plugging their new album dropping this Friday (they promised they would be back in St. Louis to tour again this Fall!) After that, the crowd went nuts welcoming Circa Survive to the stage, who put on some incredible performances and proved why they have an enormous following in the Midwest. Closing out the show were performances by The Used and Thrice, still getting amazing responses from the audience despite being in the rain all day. It seems that these fans are serious when it comes to seeing these performances because after nine hours, there will still people filling the pit to rock out. 

The festival, which seems to make an annual appearance, is a great place to drag old friends too, as they tend to focus heavily on that genre of rock that reigned early in the millennium that brings out the youthfulness in all of us. Keep an out to see if the Disrupt Festival is coming to a city near you or returning next year!

You can also check out some of the setlists below from the headlining artists as well as our photo spread from the event! 

Atreyu Setlist:

  1. The Time Is Now
  2. Right Side of the Bed
  3. Becoming the Bull
  4. Ex’s and Oh’s
  5. When Two Are One
  6. You Give Love a Bad Name (Bon Jovi Cover)
  7. Bleeding Mascara
  8. Falling Down
  9. House of Gold
  10. Blow

Sum 41 Setlist:

  1. The Hell Song
  2. Motivation
  3. Over My Head (Better Off Dead)
  4. We’re All to Blame
  5. Out for Blood
  6. Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple Cover)
  7. Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes Cover)
  8. Walking Disaster
  9. We Will Rock You (Queen Cover)
  10. In Too Deep
  11. Fat Lap
  12. Still Waiting

Circa Survive Setlist:

  1. Act Appalled
  2. Rites of Invensiture
  3. Child of the Desert
  4. The Difference Between Medicine and Poison In in the Dose
  5. Holding Someone’s Hair Back
  6. In the Morning and Amazing…
  7. Lustration
  8. Stop the Fuckin’ Car
  9. Get Out

The Used Setlist:

  1. Take It Away
  2. The Bird and the Worm
  3. Listening
  4. All That I’ve Got
  5. The Taste of Ink
  6. I Caught Fire
  7. Wonderwall (Oasis Cover)
  8. Buried Myself Alive
  9. Blood on My Hands
  10. Pretty Handsome Awkward
  11. A Box Full of Sharp Objects (with “Smells Like Teen Spirit”)

Thrice Setlist:

  1. Yellow Belly
  2. The Artist in the Ambulance
  3. Only Us
  4. Under a Killing Moon
  5. Just Breathe
  6. Of Dust and Nations
  7. In Exile
  8. Deeper Wells
  9. Black Honey
  10. The Earth Will Shake

Photos by Matthew Kistner.