High Elevation Festival Takes Over ColoradoBy William Simpson • Sep 13th, 2016 • Category: Live Show Reviews
Article by Laura Anderson
High Elevation was a huge success in Denver on September 10th, 2016. The crowds of people started showing up as early as 9:00 am in huge anticipation to see the amazing lineup that AEG Live had prepared to rock our socks off! I saw every kind of metal Tshirt on the backs of die hard rockers, from Avenged Sevenfold, Ministry, Killswitch Engage and Sevendust being sported all along Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre. The place was lined up with trucks carrying nearly every type of delicious food to meet your taste bud needs. Monster (Drinks) brought endless energy all day long, and had a marked off section so guests could meet and greet with some of their favorite bands. Every age attended the High Elevation Festival. There were the baby punk rockers with mohawks, parents, and grandparents! Each and every one of them were ready to rock out for the day. The atmosphere was happy, friendly, exciting, and it felt like one giant Colorado family.
The day started out with great vivacity from In This Whale. Their energetic stage performance was a great choice from AEG to get the party started for The High Elevation Festival. They were followed by another Colorado favorite, Lola Black who brings her high density vocals and crushing guitar. The crowd was already in full force by noon, and they had just gotten started! The fact that there was two stages kept everyone busy all day and never left anyone waiting for the next set. In between travels from one stage to another, you could pick up some of the greatest finds for the distinct shopper at the vending tables. They carried everything from clothes, to jewelry, backpacks, souvenirs, and trinkets.
The main stage was ready to deliver by two in the afternoon with a packed house, starting with Shaman’s Harvest. The congregation of people were really looking forward to Shaman’s Harvest, because not many had seen them live before. Singer Nathan “Drake” Hunt, handed us amazing sensual vocals, and they brought a great live performance. By 4:00 pm we had seen Twelve Foot Ninja, Animals As Leaders and Neck Deep, and then came the legendary Ministry. Everyone started crowding the stage as Ministry killed it live! Fans went wild and the energy was definitely flowing by this time as heads starting banging and the early evening was upon us! I don’t think anyone was ready for Ministry to get off stage when they did! Ministry is a long time favorite of Colorado rock fans!
Next up was, Pierce The Veil. They are a great favorite to the twenty something crowd, they exude a phenomenal energy and excitement that engages so well with their fans. Pierce The Veil, just makes you happy to be in their presence. Texas Hippie Coalition lined up for the second stage, which clearly Colorado fans were very excited about. You can’t get passed the THC that’s bred into the Texas Hippie Coalition music. Colorado is pretty passionate about their cannabis and their rock and roll. Texas Hippie Coalition brings both!
As the night went on, we started seeing some of the headlining bands that we haven’t been able to see in a while such as Chevelle and Killswitch Engage. Sevendust always puts on a great show, and this one was no different. Lead singer Lajon Witherspoon shared an emotional moment with his fans, telling them how much they all truly meant to him and the fans responded with crazy shouts, whistles, and roars! If you weren’t at the second stage at this point, you would have wished you had, because Sevendust put on one of the best performances of the day. Volbeat warmed everyone up for the headliner performance of Avenged Sevenfold and did an astounding job. Volbeat really ushered fans to the next level as they slammed the guitar and nailed the bass. Vocalist Michael Poulsen has such a unique voice that you can swoon over all day long. Guitarist, Rob Caggiano, was amazing on stage as he clearly loves his fans and engaged them throughout the entire set. Volbeat is definitely a great live performance! Avenged Sevenfold headlined the evening with nearly two hours of playing, and it was one to remember. The lights, fire, and smoke alone will captivate you. Avenged brought some great favorite songs and the fans went wild. I don’t think there was an empty seat in the entire amphitheater at this point!
All in all, High Elevation Festival was a great success and I cannot wait to see what they bring us next year! The lineup was a powerful mix of bands that appealed to everyone, the food was great, the timing was spot on, and the staff was always helpful. Everyone at the festival truly joined together to enjoy the music and had a great time. It was a magical moment to stand back and watch what music can do for so many people. Thank you to AEG for bringing High Elevation to Colorado! It will be remembered as the festival of the year!