The sun is finally out on day 2 of Frequency, putting everyone in a great mood. Sadly, one of the first bands to play the main stage, Echosmith, cancel their set which gives the Viennese band Kids N Cats (★★) an opportunity to entertain the still relatively small crowd.
William Fitzsimmons (★★★★) brings quiet, melodic tunes. The singer-songwriter from Illinois plays four different guitars throughout his set, and tells everyone watching ‘The next song is gonna be sad. Just like the previous ones.’ Yet he gets a lot of smiles in return. With songs like Fade and Then Return which is about his grandfather, he pulls on our heartstrings. So beautiful it hurts.
Austrian band Dawa (★★★) is next, with what they call ‘acoustic cello folk soulpop’. It’s the perfect sequel to Fitzsimmons. Cellist Laura Pudelek is wearing a corset due to two fractured vertebra but the excitement over playing the main stage on a friday afternoon at Frequency seemingly cancels out the pain. The crowd thanks them with loud applause and cheering, especially after their cover of The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony. A delight!
Next up British indie band The Wombats (★★) who play a set which is definitely easy to listen to but also easy to forget about. It’s something we’ve heard a thousand times before. The mood among the crowd is good although it would have been better if the band had included more hits in their setlist.
Simple Plan (★★★★) on the other hand get everyone going with the classics. After all they’re also celebrating their 15th anniversary, just like Frequency. They have fun performing and it’s infectious; the crowd is singing and clapping along, with the occasional beer cup flying in the air which of course is festival-speak for ‘I’m having a fucking great time!’. The Canadian band plays hits like Jet Lag, Your Love is a Lie, I’d do Anything, and close their set with fan-favorite Perfect. Yup, pretty much perfect!
The party continues with Nero (★★★) who end the reign of indie rock anthems with their electronic sounds. DJs Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray, as well as singer Alana Watson are turning the area in front of the Space Stage into a club just like Major Lazer did the night before.
For those who prefer more of the head-banging, screaming along to kind of music, The Offspring (★★★★) perform on the Green Stage, attracting a huge crowd. They probably should have played the main stage instead of Nero. Hits like Pretty Fly, Why Don’t You Get a Job, Want You Bad, The Kids Aren’t Alright and Self Esteem encourage mosh pits, and Dexter Holland is impressed with the crowd’s response. ‘Fucking amazing!’ he keeps yelling, hyping them up even more.
Not as many people are over at the Space Stage when The Prodigy (★★★) start their set. That may be down to the masses over at The Offspring’s set, or the fact that The Prodigy visit Austria quite often (they headlined Nova Rock last year and they’re back in Vienna in November) ‘Ah I’m gonna watch them next time, they’re always playing somewhere.’ is overheard a lot. That doesn’t mean their set isn’t good though. The ones who do decide to go are having the time of their lives. The Prodigy build their sound up just to tear it back down, making the ground shake in the process. It’s a visual and musical mindfuck. Of course their biggest hits Firestarter, Smack My Bitch Up, Voodoo People and Breath are favorites, yet the crowd also loves newer tunes like Nasty or Wild Frontier.