For many music lovers, spring is the start of festival season. Here in St.Louis, I started festival season off rocking out at Pointfest last weekend. Featuring acts such as Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge and Thrice. Among multiple talented locals who battled over the last few months to earn their rightful spot on the lineup. Korn was originally the main headliner, unfortunately they had to drop last minute due to Jonathan Davis’ being put on vocal rest by his doctor. Despite the little setback, the festival went off without a hitch.

The bands that battled at Pop’s over the past couple of months were eager to set the tone for the festival. Discrepancies were the first band that I was able to catch and the hype is real! It was obvious why they were one of the two winners to play the main stage. A combination of hip-hop and rock, something that you don’t see every day made them very unique but also at the same time fit right in.

It was a domino effect from there as the next band, Trustfall took the stage and caught the attention of many just like they did during the Battle to Pointfest. Rushing to the main stage to catch Holy White Hounds, a band I had not been familiar with until the festival but definitely enjoyed. That is one of the main things I enjoy about a festival, you discover new bands that you may have not seen or heard of before.

Next up on the Pop’s stage was Nothing Set In Stone. Throughout the Battle for Pointfest, these guys were consistent in bringing out fans and family to support them which paid off in the end. Fans new and old were eager to help support and sing along throughout the set. Thrice was up next and gave the audience a show that I am sure they wouldn’t forget. They played many of the favorites,

Rushing over to the other stage, You Me At Six were playing at sunset. They closed out the side stage that evening and St.Louis may or may not have broken their crowd surfing record up until that date of their US tour.  Alter Bridge was up next and were phenomenal just like I expected. An added bonus was the guitar battle between Mark and Myles that reeled in the audience and was cheered on in the process.

Breaking Benjamin gave it their all to end the night. They were able to extend their set and added some Korn songs, stating “You came here to hear some Korn, you’re going to hear some Korn!” much to the crowd’s surprise before performing “Blind”. The band played crowd favorites as well as their own set of covers. It is safe to say that Weekend 1 of Pointfest was a success and all the bands including the locals put on some of the best shows of their careers so far! Be sure to check out all of the bands mentioned above and support the up and coming artists.

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