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Northern Invasion Day Two sees energy-filled sets from Andrew WK, The Used, I See Stars, Hawthorne Heights and more

After a cold, yet incredible start to Northern Invasion on day one, I was excited to walk into the festival grounds under a clear skies and a warm sun. Even with the first day stacked with bands I wanted to see, the lineup for day two was just as good, and as the crowd tricked into Somerset Amphitheater, I could feel the energy and eagerness rising.

Starting the day back at the two side stages, The Joyous Wolf was the first band to play, bringing a classic rock vibe to their performance that at first caught me off guard, but I could easily get into the change of pace day one set. Next up was rapper Whitney Payton, and even though she was the only hip hop artist on the entire Northern Invasion lineup, she did not let that stop her from being amongst the most engaging and fun sets of the entire festival. Constantly going back and forth between the stage and the crowd, she finished her set crowdsurfing on a pink flamingo floaty, singing her last song amidst the crowd.

The next couple of hours were spent amongst the side stages, as The Fever 333, Mutoid Man, and I See Stars took turns on stage. It took the members of The Fever 333 to get on stage and begin their performance before it fully resonated with me why the name was so familiar. Jason Allen Butler (of letlive.) fronts this band and the moment I saw him on stage I knew I was in for an incredible time. Easily one of the best, if not the best, overall performances of the weekend. Mutoid Man and I See Stars were up next, with I See Stars brining an intense high energy set to the stage.

Andrew WK

I See Stars

Whitney Payton

Afterwards, I made my way to the main stage to catch a band I hadn’t seen since Warped Tour ages ago. Asking Alexandria took the stage and it was clear form the beginning of their set that they were a clear winner for the crowd. The seemingly never ending stream of crowd surfers made their way up to the front while the rest of the crowd soaked in the band’s performance.

After Asking Alexandria, I found my way back to the side stages for most of the rest of the festival to catch Dance Gavin Dance, Anti-Flag, Hawthorne Heights, The Used, and Andrew WK. Dance Gavin Dance took the stage first and the band played an incredible melodic set complete with complimentary vocals from the two singers. Anti Flag was up next and once again I found myself in relief from the change of musical pace, as their politically charged, punk rock anthems filled the air.

All day, I was waiting in anticipation to see a two of my favorite bands from my teenage years: Hawthorne Heights and The Used. Hawthorne Heights took the stage first and their emo anthems blasted through the speakers and through the crowd. Playing a perfect blend of old songs and greatest hits, their set was definitely nostalgic for me. The Used was up next and by the size of the crowd gathered to see them, I could tell that I was not the only one eager to see them. It has been years since I’ve seen The Used, but they blew their performance out of the water, powering through a set that every one in attendance wished was longer.

Andrew WK was right after The Used and the upbeat and energetic performance was refreshing and exactly what I needed before seeing Tool to close the festival, and an incredible weekend at Northern Invasion, a festival I’m already looking forward to next year.

The Used

The Used

The Used

The Used

The Joyous Wolf

The Fever 333

The Fever 333

I See Stars

I See Stars

Hawthorne Heights

Hawthorne Heights

Dance Gavin Dance

Dance Gavin Dance

Asking Alexandria

Asking Alexandria

Anti Flag

Anti Flag

Andrew WK

Andrew WK

Alexa Chihos
Alexa Chihos is a music photographer based in Boston. See her work at alexachihosphotography.com.

Northern Invasion Day Two sees energy-filled sets from Andrew WK, The Used, I See Stars, Hawthorne Heights and more

After a cold, yet incredible start to Northern Invasion on day one, I was excited to walk into the festival grounds under a clear skies and a warm sun. Even with the first day stacked with bands I wanted to see, the lineup for day two was just as good, and as the crowd tricked into Somerset Amphitheater, I could feel the energy and eagerness rising.

Starting the day back at the two side stages, The Joyous Wolf was the first band to play, bringing a classic rock vibe to their performance that at first caught me off guard, but I could easily get into the change of pace day one set. Next up was rapper Whitney Payton, and even though she was the only hip hop artist on the entire Northern Invasion lineup, she did not let that stop her from being amongst the most engaging and fun sets of the entire festival. Constantly going back and forth between the stage and the crowd, she finished her set crowdsurfing on a pink flamingo floaty, singing her last song amidst the crowd.

The next couple of hours were spent amongst the side stages, as The Fever 333, Mutoid Man, and I See Stars took turns on stage. It took the members of The Fever 333 to get on stage and begin their performance before it fully resonated with me why the name was so familiar. Jason Allen Butler (of letlive.) fronts this band and the moment I saw him on stage I knew I was in for an incredible time. Easily one of the best, if not the best, overall performances of the weekend. Mutoid Man and I See Stars were up next, with I See Stars brining an intense high energy set to the stage.

Andrew WK

I See Stars

Whitney Payton

Afterwards, I made my way to the main stage to catch a band I hadn’t seen since Warped Tour ages ago. Asking Alexandria took the stage and it was clear form the beginning of their set that they were a clear winner for the crowd. The seemingly never ending stream of crowd surfers made their way up to the front while the rest of the crowd soaked in the band’s performance.

After Asking Alexandria, I found my way back to the side stages for most of the rest of the festival to catch Dance Gavin Dance, Anti-Flag, Hawthorne Heights, The Used, and Andrew WK. Dance Gavin Dance took the stage first and the band played an incredible melodic set complete with complimentary vocals from the two singers. Anti Flag was up next and once again I found myself in relief from the change of musical pace, as their politically charged, punk rock anthems filled the air.

All day, I was waiting in anticipation to see a two of my favorite bands from my teenage years: Hawthorne Heights and The Used. Hawthorne Heights took the stage first and their emo anthems blasted through the speakers and through the crowd. Playing a perfect blend of old songs and greatest hits, their set was definitely nostalgic for me. The Used was up next and by the size of the crowd gathered to see them, I could tell that I was not the only one eager to see them. It has been years since I’ve seen The Used, but they blew their performance out of the water, powering through a set that every one in attendance wished was longer.

Andrew WK was right after The Used and the upbeat and energetic performance was refreshing and exactly what I needed before seeing Tool to close the festival, and an incredible weekend at Northern Invasion, a festival I’m already looking forward to next year.

The Used

The Used

The Used

The Used

The Joyous Wolf

The Fever 333

The Fever 333

I See Stars

I See Stars

Hawthorne Heights

Hawthorne Heights

Dance Gavin Dance

Dance Gavin Dance

Asking Alexandria

Asking Alexandria

Anti Flag

Anti Flag

Andrew WK

Andrew WK

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