Review: Frequency Festival – Day Three

The last day at Frequency is certainly the most anticipated one, and it seems as though the festival-goers gather every last bit of energy they have left to start this sunny Saturday.

Although the crowd is still relatively small in front of the Space Stage as Against Me! (★★★★) begin their set with True Trans Soul Rebel, the band draws more and more attention as they continue. Laura Jane Grace throws smiles from behind her long locks, her lyrics resonating with everyone singing along. As it’s still early in the afternoon, their set is too short but just what day three of Frequency needs to get ready for one last strike.
On the Weekender Stage Gengahr (★★★★) are attracting quite a big crowd. Although their set is cut 20 minutes short, they convince with their psychedelic sound. Meanwhile Mad Caddies (★★★) entertain with ska-punk over on the main stage. Sure, the masses are still missing, but it’s fun to watch and dance along.
German rapper Alligatoah (★★) delivers his set on the main stage to a very young crowd who bawl out the questionable lyrics and laugh at tacky sex jokes while We Are The Ocean (★★★★) are catering to the indie rock lovers who are here to hear actual music. The indoors Weekender Stage venue is full!
Everyone is patiently awaiting Enter Shikari (★★★★) though. The British post-hardcore band attracts a huge crowd in front of the Green Stage. Fans are treated to an energetic set with many highlights, starting with The Appeal & the Mindsweep I. Frontman Rou Reynolds knows how to fire the crowd up, running around on stage while the fans enjoy their circle pits. One of the performances Frequency has been waiting for!
With a more mature sound, TV on the Radio (★★★★) are next. There’s no stage show, nothing is choreographed or even seems like a routine. It’s all about the music. The band mesmerizes the crowd; vocalist Tunde Adebimpe is so likeable, you can’t help but smile whether he sings or chats between songs. Their set includes fan-favorites such as Young Liars, Wolf Like Me, and Staring at the Sun. We could have listened for hours!
But Interpol (★★★★★) are the perfect successors. The stage is dark and foggy, just like Paul Banks’ voice. He’s a man of few words but that’s okay when you’ve got songs like Say Hello to the Angels, Narc, Evil, Leif Erikson, C’mere, Slow Hands or Obstacle 1 – although the crowd also loves the few songs they play from their most recent album, El Pintor. Interpol are once again the perfect example of a band, just like TV on the Radio before them, that mainly ‘just’ stands there and plays their music and still effortlessly captures the audience with their music. A personal highlight!
The highlight of Frequency though, is Kendrick Lamar (★★★★). The majority of the huge crowd that gathers to see him have bought a day ticket just for his performance. Some audience members look stunned as he enters the stage, unable to believe it’s really him, and they’re really here, getting to see him. After all it’s his first time in Austria. King Kendrick thanks them with delivering a powerful set. His rapping is strong, the band just as solid, lead by his voice, and the visuals are the cherry on top. Swimming Pools (Drank), Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe, and King Kunta are favorites, and it becomes obvious that the hype is well-deserved. He leaves behind a happy FQ crowd.
Linkin Park (★★★★) headline and close the festival on this Saturday . After Interpol finish their set on the Green Stage, everyone heads over to catch them. Chester Bennington proves that he can still belt out lyrics that cause goosebumps while Mike Shinoda is a genius at multi-tasking as guitarist, rapper, and keyboardist. The familiar turntables and samplers earn cheers from the crowd, and so does the flag of Austrian football club Rapid Wien which is pinned to Shinoda’s keyboard. There are no surprises; the band plays classics from their discography, yet it’s a great headlining performance. Thank you Linkin Park and thank you FQ15!

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