Self Help Festival
Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill – Detroit, MI – 10.7.17
Photographer: Robert Sherman
Detroit served as the third of four stops on A Day To Remember’s travelling Self Help Festival, which featured bands from across the metalcore, post-hardcore, pop-punk and alternative rock genres, blending the acts into an entertaining and exhilarating day for the thousands of kids in attendance on Saturday.
The Plot In You (not pictured) kicked off the afternoon in style on the side stage, shredding through the short set that started with “Time Changes Everything,” and ended with this writers personal favorite song, “Feel Nothing.”
Shortly after, Sylar played the main stage, and despite being an up-and-coming band in the genre, tore up their set consisting of “To Whom It May Concern,” and “Soul Addiction,” to an impressive amount of fans who passionately sang along.
Back on the side stage, Too Close To Touch kicked off its set with a heavy hitting rendition of “What I Wish I Could Forget,” and finishing the set with “Sympathy.”
Coming off of a successful release of its second record Deadweight, Wage War completely dominated the main stage with crushing tracks “Stitch,” and “Twenty One,” while also slowing things down with my favorite WW song, “Gravity.”
Veteran’s of the post-hardcore and nu-metal genres Of Mice & Men closed out the side stage in style, ripping through a set list spanning the career of the band. The recently Austin Carlisle-less quartet seems to have not lost a step on stage.
OM&M played “Unbreakable,” “Pain,” “You Make Me Sick,” and the brutally heavy “Public Service Announcement,” with “The Depths,” closing out the set.
Tyler Carter and Issues continued the evening on the main stage playing “King Of Amarillo,” “COMA,” and “Mad at Myself,” kicking off the main stages solo run for the rest of the evening.
Falling In Reverse (not pictured) came out to a mixed reaction from the Detroit crowd, playing a shortened set list consisting of tracks like “I’m Not A Vampire” and “The Drug In Me Is You.”
Finally, the main card of the night started with thunderous applause for post-hardcore legends Underoath, who ripped through a set filled with fan favorites like, “In Regards To Myself,” “It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door,” amongst a handful of other popular tracks.
The always entertaining and fun-loving Peirce the Veil took the stage, delivering a fast paced and no holds barred show to a screaming crowd, with tracks spanning the bands career. “Bulls in the Bronx,” and “Texas is Forever,” started the show.
Then, to the crowds absolute delight, Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember, joined the stage to contribute his part in the track “Caraphernelia,” before the band finished the set with radio hit “Circles,” and fan favorite “King of the Day.”
The festivals creators, A Day To Remember, performed perhaps the most fun set of the festival stop, as they typically do. McKinnon and his band pandered to the crowd, an art they’ve seemed to perfect, starting with track “All I Want,” and finishing with a rowdy “The Downfall of Us All,” with “Naivety,” “Have Faith In Me,” and “The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle,” all scattered between.
Rise Against was the finale to an incredible night, playing a set list of hits to a crowd that seemed to have lost no energy. Singing along to songs like “Ready To Fall,” “Prayer of the Refugee,” “Help Is on the Way,” and finishing the festival out with “Savior.”
Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil joined Rise Against on stage for “Wolves.”
Too Close To Touch
Of Mice & Men
Pierce the Veil
A Day To Remember