Biffy Clyro (★★★★★) are up next, and for the first time the wave-breaker area directly in front of the stage is filled to capacity. Starting their set with Different People, the Scots soon charm the crowd, having them chanting and cheering after and before every single song. Of course the highlight is their biggest hit Mountains which they save for last.
The rain is getting heavier but that doesn’t stop Bastille (★★★★) from continuing to entertain the ever growing Frequency crowd. Dan Smith sways, struts and jumps around on stage, passionately pounding the drum every so often and it seems he is making an extra effort to distract from the downpour. Whatever it is, it works. And it’s rewarded. When the band plays their last song Pompeii, the rain stops. People take off their plastic ponchos and proceed to swing them over their heads while eh-oh-ing in unison. Definitely one of the highlights on this first day.
The Wednesday headliners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (★★★★★) provide the highlight though. 40,000 fans have gathered in front of the Space Stage to celebrate their very first show in Austria. As the curtain drops and the rapper steps out on stage accompanied by his band and dancers, the screams from the crowd are deafening. Starting his show with Ten Thousand Hours, it instantly becomes obvious he is setting the bar very high.After every song, Macklemore is at the very front of ‘his’ catwalk, interacting with the fans. His banters are hilarious and genuine. Everyone is dancing and singing along to Thrift Shop, before he introduces his new single Arrows which enjoys an equally excited response. A heartfelt speech about equality follows as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis continue with Same Love, once again earning thunderous applause and cheers. Can’t Hold Us is next and no, nothing can hold us. Not even the rain which makes a vicious comeback. Macklemore declares the Austrian crowd to be the craziest ever after a baby doll dressed in a jumpsuit and green wig is thrown onto the stage.
Of course, no one has a problem with that title. And We Danced has everyone, including the rapper himself, go absolutely mental. Yet he keeps coming back for more. And more. Playing Can’t Hold Us once again before saying goodnight, he proves to be not only the highlight of the day; it’s safe to say that Frequency Festival 2014 was just slayed by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.