PromoWest Fest 2016: Day 3 Recap

Day 3 of PromoWest Fest was by far the most relaxing day of the entire weekend.

PC: Andrew Burns

Sunday provided Columbus music lovers an array of smaller, indie acts. Festival goers laid sprawled out on the lawn of McFerson Commons as they drank beer and listened to the bands that played. It was definitely appropriate after Snoop Dogg’s legendary performance on Saturday night.

The Australian rock duo, Atlas Genius, warmed up the crowd during their early afternoon set at the Pepsi Stage. The song that made me love their set so much was “Back Seat,” an alt-rock tune with catchy synth riffs in the background. While performing “Back Seat,” lead singer, Keith Jeffery, played his guitar solo as he stood on the barricade in front of fans.

Next on the Pepsi stage was Scottish-American alternative band, Garbage. The set was quite grungy, a wry on-stage presentation of their name. Lead singer, Shirley Manson, crooned their set rocking pink lilac hair and an all-black getup. Over at the Columbus Makes Art Stage was The Black Lips. I personally didn’t care much for their performance and found the overall set sub par. Looking around the crowd, I noticed that my impression rang true among others. Between the mixture of the band’s strong Southern accents and the odd combination of punk and blues, it was too weird of a performance for me to get into.

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Back at the Pepsi stage, New York rock band, Brand New, drew quite the crowd. I had heard of Brand New before but never had the chance to listen to their music. Their set was a pleasant fusion of alternative rock, post-hardcore, and indie rock. Their standout song was “You Won’t Know,” which started off slow but soon went into an incredible chorus of screamo.

J. Roddy Walston and The Business took the stage across the lawn, giving the Columbus crowd a taste of their gnarly Southern rock tunes.


To finish off PromoWest Fest, Modest Mouse was the headliner for Sunday and gave a beautiful performance in front of a packed crowd. The standout track for me was their chart-topping 2004 single “Float On”. I was also genuinely surprised at how well they sounded live. The only issue for me was the length of their set. It was a little too long for my liking. For one, they went off stage but eventually came back on for an encore. They waited about fifteen minutes before coming back, which was enough for me. I decided then that it was time for me to leave the festival.

As a whole, I enjoyed a lot of the acts that performed at PromoWest Fest. I commend the people at PromoWest who booked the acts because, for almost every act, everyone seemed to know at least one song that each performer had out. I can honestly see PromoWest Fest becoming a staple in Columbus’ music scene for years to come.

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