Day 2 Of Forecastle Was Highlighted By Sunshine, Strobe Lights, and Sadness (The Cathartic Kind)

With the weather improving from rainy to completely sunny, Louisville came out in full force on day two of Forecastle. What they received was nothing short of incredible. Right from the jump, every artist brought their best, and we ran around the whole day trying to catch as many performances as we could. But first: another interview!

To start our day, we sat down with EVAN GIIA to talk shop, and we’ll have that video up as quickly as we can. 

EVAN GIIA (Credit: Elena Lin)

That’s when the sprinting began. After our interview with EVAN GIIA, we immediately headed to the Boom Stage to see Flamingosis bring the grooves. Much head-bopping ensued. In fact, the Boom Stage could be heard from all around the park, because Flamingosis brought the sound levels up to eleven. That’s not a complaint. The bass was rattling in our bones and our souls, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Flamingosis (Credit: Elena Lin)

After Flamingosis, it was time to see EVAN GIIA. There was a slight technical glitch on the Ocean Stage that affected her visuals for maybe two songs, but her vocals were incredible throughout. When the technical glitch was solved, those visuals absolutely blew us away. There were videos of her, massive lighting projections, and anything else you can expect from a full-scale visual show, and her performance was immaculate. One of the highlights of the day for sure.

EVAN GIIA (Credit: Elena Lin)

EVAN GIIA led directly into Wax Motif, who brought all the bass you could imagine. There was someone in the crowd with a Mr. Peanut totem, and Mr. Peanut clearly loves house music. That’s all I can really say. Excellent stuff.

That was the only time we stayed in one place for more than one set, though. After Wax Motif, we went to the Mast Stage to catch a bit of Quinn XCII, who brought out Chelsea Cutler towards the end of his set to perform the last few songs together. Following Quinn XCII, we ran back to the Ocean Stage to catch Troyboi. Troyboi was bass heavy and “booty-poppin’,” yet another moment in the day where the audience was completely invested. Mixing in some throwback jams in addition to his own material, Troyboi kept the energy going.

Troyboi (Credit: Elena Lin)

And then came the tears. Phoebe Bridgers took the Mast Stage at about 7:45, and the audience was immediately rapt. Tearing through most of 2020’s Punisher in addition to a few songs from Stranger in the Alps and one acoustic rendition of a boygenius song, Phoebe and crew made it known just how important her music has become to a generation. There was no low point in the set, and as Phoebe noted, all the “day goths” were out at the show. It was a beautiful hour shared by all.

At the same time as Phoebe, 100 gecs took over the Ocean Stage (Phoebe even noted that the proof of there being no god was her not being able to see 100 gecs), running through their insane brand of hyper-pop to show everyone what they’re about. After 100 gecs and Phoebe Bridgers, Atlanta rapper 6LACK closed down the Boom Stage. He tore through his hits, smoked a little bit (if you know what I mean), and kept the audience invested the entire time.

6LACK would have been an excellent end to the day, honestly, but there was still one more act. The act to end all acts. The modern psych-pop act that will almost surely go down in history as one of the greatest live bands of all time. I am, of course, talking about Tame Impala.

Thankfully alive after their perceived Squid Game incident (reference to the original joke here), Kevin Parker and crew torched the Mast Stage to close out day two of Forecastle. Opening with “One More Year” off of 2020’s The Slow Rush and closing with “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” off of 2015’s Currents, Tame Impala hit almost every possible hit song they could within their set. Kevin lamented on several occasions, though, the amount of time he was given, solely because he didn’t want the city of Louisville to be mad at him for going overtime. Even still, he insisted, he would keep going if he could. An excellent end to the second day of the festival, and an excellent segue into day three.

With the weather cooperating, the grounds were even more full than they were on day one, and we can’t wait to see what day three has in store. It’s an exciting time here in Louisville, Kentucky!

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