Atreyu, Breaking Benjamin, Senses Fail, Miss May I and more bring the heat on a cold, grey Day 1 of Wisconsin’s Northern Invasion

The first day of Northern Invasion was full of anticipation and excitement even though the cold and grey weather would have suggested otherwise. Thousands of people gathered at the Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI on Mother’s Day weekend to ring in the beginning of the music festival season in the Midwest.

Even though this was my first trek out to Northern Invasion, the insane lineup this year made me even more excited to be a part of the festival. With three stages (one main and two side stages right next to each other), there was nonstop performances all day and into the night.

The first day started off with local Midwest band Cold Kingdom on the St. Croix Casino Stage, and they brought the intensity early on that set the tone for the rest of the festival. Shortly after their set ended, Big Story started their set on the stage right next door, mimicking the energy of Cold Kingdom, and flooding their performance with vocal prowess.

Atreyu

Breaking Benjamin

While I stuck to the side stages for most of day one, I was far from disappointed in the performances I witnessed. Counterfeit and From Ashes to New are now officially bands on my radar after catching their sets, while DED and Stick To Your Guns were both heavy forces on stage, making their set their own with their effortlessly commanding stage presence. Senses Fail, took the stage next and even thought I was transported back to my youth for the half hour they played, I couldn’t help but smile and sing along every moment the band was onstage. Miss May I, a band I’ve seen quite a few times over the last ten years, was up next and their performance has aged well; sticking to the same intensity over the years, the band has really fine tuned their performance and the crowd was more than into it.

Finally, I made my way over to the main stage for Breaking Benjamin, band I have listened to but never saw in person until Northern Invasion. The sea of people in the crowd around the main stage were just as excited, if not more, than I was when Breaking Benjamin took the stage. Taking the stage by storm right at the start of their set, the band played an unforgettable set.

After breaking Benjamin, I went back to the side stages to catch Parkway Drive and Atreyu. The last time I saw Parkway Drive was in Boston in a club, and the band brought their brutal live set to Northern Invasion. Of all of the sets of the first day I as able to catch, Parkway Drive had one of the more intense crowds that was one hundred percent into their set. As soon as they departed the stage, Atreyu started their set on the other side stage. Another band I have yet to see until Northern Invasion, I was thrilled to be able to see another favorite band from my youth. Even though there was a smaller crowd than I expected, Atreyu put on an excellent set.

Closing out the first night was Avenged Sevenfold, and after not seeing this band for nearly seven years, they sure know how to put on a massive show. Complete with large screens, pyro, and fireworks throughout their set, Avenged Sevenfold closed out the main stage with one of the biggest and best performances I’ve ever seen.

Stick To Your Guns

Stick To Your Guns

Stick To Your Guns

Senses Fail

Senses Fail

Senses Fail

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive

Miss May I

Miss May I

Miss May I

From Ashes to New

From Ashes to New

DED

DED

DED

Counterfeit

Counterfeit

Cold Kingdom

Cold Kingdom

Cold Kingdom

Cold Kingdom

Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin

Big Story

Big Story

Big Story

Big Story

Atreyu

Atreyu

Atreyu

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Atreyu, Breaking Benjamin, Senses Fail, Miss May I and more bring the heat on a cold, grey Day 1 of Wisconsin’s Northern Invasion

The first day of Northern Invasion was full of anticipation and excitement even though the cold and grey weather would have suggested otherwise. Thousands of people gathered at the Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI on Mother’s Day weekend to ring in the beginning of the music festival season in the Midwest.

Even though this was my first trek out to Northern Invasion, the insane lineup this year made me even more excited to be a part of the festival. With three stages (one main and two side stages right next to each other), there was nonstop performances all day and into the night.

The first day started off with local Midwest band Cold Kingdom on the St. Croix Casino Stage, and they brought the intensity early on that set the tone for the rest of the festival. Shortly after their set ended, Big Story started their set on the stage right next door, mimicking the energy of Cold Kingdom, and flooding their performance with vocal prowess.

Atreyu

Breaking Benjamin

While I stuck to the side stages for most of day one, I was far from disappointed in the performances I witnessed. Counterfeit and From Ashes to New are now officially bands on my radar after catching their sets, while DED and Stick To Your Guns were both heavy forces on stage, making their set their own with their effortlessly commanding stage presence. Senses Fail, took the stage next and even thought I was transported back to my youth for the half hour they played, I couldn’t help but smile and sing along every moment the band was onstage. Miss May I, a band I’ve seen quite a few times over the last ten years, was up next and their performance has aged well; sticking to the same intensity over the years, the band has really fine tuned their performance and the crowd was more than into it.

Finally, I made my way over to the main stage for Breaking Benjamin, band I have listened to but never saw in person until Northern Invasion. The sea of people in the crowd around the main stage were just as excited, if not more, than I was when Breaking Benjamin took the stage. Taking the stage by storm right at the start of their set, the band played an unforgettable set.

After breaking Benjamin, I went back to the side stages to catch Parkway Drive and Atreyu. The last time I saw Parkway Drive was in Boston in a club, and the band brought their brutal live set to Northern Invasion. Of all of the sets of the first day I as able to catch, Parkway Drive had one of the more intense crowds that was one hundred percent into their set. As soon as they departed the stage, Atreyu started their set on the other side stage. Another band I have yet to see until Northern Invasion, I was thrilled to be able to see another favorite band from my youth. Even though there was a smaller crowd than I expected, Atreyu put on an excellent set.

Closing out the first night was Avenged Sevenfold, and after not seeing this band for nearly seven years, they sure know how to put on a massive show. Complete with large screens, pyro, and fireworks throughout their set, Avenged Sevenfold closed out the main stage with one of the biggest and best performances I’ve ever seen.

Stick To Your Guns

Stick To Your Guns

Stick To Your Guns

Senses Fail

Senses Fail

Senses Fail

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive

Miss May I

Miss May I

Miss May I

From Ashes to New

From Ashes to New

DED

DED

DED

Counterfeit

Counterfeit

Cold Kingdom

Cold Kingdom

Cold Kingdom

Cold Kingdom

Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin

Big Story

Big Story

Big Story

Big Story

Atreyu

Atreyu

Atreyu

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