Sunday, August 12, 2012

B-52s at Festival of Friends

The B-52s finished off the 2012 Hamilton @FestofFriends with a fantastic concert. The group was up after Lights, a Juno-Award winning artist who got the kids screaming with excitement.
Electro-Rock sensation Lights Poxleitner

The B-52s faced a rowdy, older crowd when their 9:30pm start stretched past 10pm. However, when they took to the stage the crowd got into the fun songs and enjoyed the set.
Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson
"It is well known that the B-52s are the World’s Greatest Party Band. And thirty years and over twenty million albums into their career, there can be no doubt as to why The B-52s remain among the most beloved rock stars ever. Any mystery concerning the longevity and ongoing appeal of the band is immediately solved when exposed to a unique B-52s concert experience. From the timeless gems of "Rock Lobster," "Planet Claire" and "Private Idaho" to the more recent classics “Channel Z," "Love Shack" and "Roam", the B-52s’ unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time their music begins."

A lot of the young teens started to get rowdy and were running through the buildings, chased by police carrying collapsible batons that had been expanded. After the kids were moved outside a phalanx of police set up a blockade around the building. It was a little tense as some riot police moved in with the regular police. The weather was better Sunday than the thunder and lightning on Friday and the heavy downpour on Saturday and the Festival was jam packed with thousands of visitors to the free event. The kids might have been looking for trouble because it was the last night and it is hard to get in trouble when dozens or hundreds join during the wild times.

See more photos after the jump.

Youngsters dance to Lights away from the stage
A coconut run
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