Self Help Festival

Self Help Festival

Self Help Festival

with A Day to Remember, Underoath, Less Than Jake, Dance Gavin Dance, State Champs and more

Central Florida Fairgrounds; Orlando, FL • September 30, 2017

I’ve always wanted to attend A Day To Remember’s Self Help festival, but, due to it being held in California, I had never gotten the chance. Until now. The day long festival, with it’s 2 stages and Warped Tour-like lineup, finally came to me — setting up camp at Orlando’s Central Florida Fairgrounds.

State Champs

Vanna Porter
State Champs

Streetlight Manifesto

Vanna Porter
Streetlight Manifesto


The Story So Far

Vanna Porter
The Story So Far


Real Friends

Vanna Porter
Real Friends

One of my favorite sets of the day was Wage War. Their crowd was one of the rowdiest ones I had seen. Opening with “Stitch” off their latest release Deadweight, crowd surfers were instantly popping up left and right, fans were yelling every lyric. And for having the smaller stage, they drew in a fairly large crowd.

Wage War

Vanna Porter
Wage War

Vanna Porter


Dance Gavin Dance

Vanna Porter
Dance Gavin Dance


Vanna Porter

Another favorite of mine was Dance Gavin Dance. They’re the grooviest band on this whole bill. Their clean vocalist Tilian Pearson has some of the best dance moves I’ve ever seen, especially for a melodic post-hardcore band. They opened with “We Own the Night”, a favorite off their 2015 release Instant Gratification.

Less Than Jake

Vanna Porter
Less Than Jake

Vanna Porter


Vanna Porter

Less Than Jake had one of the most entertaining sets. They’re very interactive with their audience. With shooting out t-shirts with a launcher, to TPing the whole crowd. Everyone I saw in their crowd had a smile on their face. At one point they brought a fan onstage, his name also happened to be Jake. They made him do jumping jacks and after he got off he was so ecstatic.

Underoath

Vanna Porter
Underoath

Vanna Porter


Vanna Porter

As Underoath set up their equipment, it started to sprinkle. As a last minute effort, I ran to my bag to create a makeshift cover to save my camera from the water. This somehow worked and by the time I had finished, Underoath was out and shaking the whole amphitheater with their roaring bass drops. I hadn’t ever seen Underoath before, but their energy left me astonished.

A Day To Remember

Vanna Porter
A Day To Remember

Vanna Porter


Vanna Porter

Finally, the band hundreds of people were waiting for came on. A Day to Remember opened with “All I Want” with a burst of confetti and smoke. The crowd was so humongous, it was a literal ocean of people. Once they started playing “2nd Sucks” it felt like all hell broke loose. Everyone in the crowd was either yelling the lyrics, moshing, or jumping. I was partially surprised that ADTR still sounded amazing live after being together and touring for 15 years. Their set was jam packed with oldies and new songs.

Vanna Porter

Overall, the festival was filled with sweat, rainy Florida weather, and a bunch of happiness. It was literally a day to remember.

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