Written by Tiffany A. Mitchell
Sad to see Day Two of Danny Wimmer Presents Louder Than Life festival come to an end. But first, waking up in our super awesome Air BnB, started out not so fun, after realizing I needed to take a quick trip to the emergency room in Louisville, KY. )knowing how ER’s can tie you down for several hours,) my boss Robin went ahead to the festival before the first band to photograph came on and I jumped in a cab to the nearest ER. No worries, I was in and out and the panic of missing my the days interviews and bands, subsided and I got back just in time to hear Greta Van Fleet’s phenomenal performance echo across the festival grounds. What a voice that Josh Kiszka has (check out my interview with Josh in a later post).
Walking back to the media tent to grab my table, singing along to “Highway Tune,” the weather was perfect and my bittersweet feelings began to lighten up as I passed friends laughing with friends and families enjoying themselves with smiles on their faces. Louder Than Life is more that just a sick lineup of your favorite bands, it’s family fun, a place to connect and meet like minds. A place where we all share a commonality, our love of music and togetherness. I decided to take the long way around, to checkout some of the other vendors that I may have missed yesterday and I’ve heard a lot of buzz about the FYE Fan Experience tent. It’s like your one-stop-shop to find all your favorite band’s music and possibly do an artist meet & greet and autograph signing with your favorite Louder Than Life performer. How awesome is that? The crowd around the tent was massive and I knew getting up close would take some maneuvering, so I decided to come back in a few hours and I may get lucky.
In my travels I stopped at the Monster Energy viewing deck for some pink lemonade hydration and a perfect view of the Loudmouth Stage as the not so death metal, at all, Eagles of Death Metal were jamming on stage. Checking the time, I had a few more minutes before my next interview, so I took my time walking, taking in the sights and sounds of this epic weekend. With so many options for food, fun and drinks all around, I think I need a few more days of louder than life Danny Wimmer( wink,wink ) to hit every vendor on the grounds. There was the exclusive bar called Down The Rabbit Hole Feat. Proprietors LLC of Death & Co, Bourbon World Presented By Courier-Journal, World’s Loudest Bourbon Tent filled with some our favorite distilleries and The Big Cheesy, Gourmet Grilled Cheese with a New Orleans flair and many, many more that I know I’m missing.
As I wrapped up my last few interviews of the day, I checked the schedule to see what the rest of day two had to offer. As I turned my frown upside down and brushed the dreaded end away into the wind, I couldn’t help but get excited for the rest of the evenings lineup. On the Loudmouth Stage, Stone Sour would play followed by Incubus and on the Monster Energy Stage, Thrice, Rise Against and Prophets of Rage. Now I must live under a rock because most people I talked to had seen each of these bands at some point in their lives, for me, it would be my first time for all of them. I arrived at the Loudmouth Stage as Rise Against was on and from the stands, it was an overwhelming sight to behold. Now I’ve worked and attended festivals before and enjoy myself every time, maybe I was nostalgic, maybe it was just me. But to see thousands of people singing in unison, jumping with excitement to their favorite songs, created some unforgettable moments for so many. It could be a couple first date, or a family’s child is old enough now to experience these moments together, or it’s someone’s first festival ever. So many stories, memories being made, friendships being built and bonds growing stronger. Louder Than Life means many things to many people, and as my first Louder adventure, it will be one I’ll remember forever.
Thank you Danny Wimmer Presents and thanks to all the participating vendors, sponsors, patrons and fans who make the magic happen.