Rockstar Disrupt Festival @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX

Review & photography by Vanessa Umanzor

Rockstar Energy Drink’s Disrupt Festival inaugural run swung by The Woodlands Sunday night on June 23rd, marking the last stop in Texas to one of the most anticipated festivals of the summer to many music fans.

As the festival promised, the event took place across two stages, with no set time overlap, allowing attendees to experience each artist over the course of the day. Although there were a little rain and unbearable humidity in the forecast, both stages offered cover and ventilation, which is a blessing when it Texas. Wandering through the venue between performances also allowed fans to experience what the lifestyle brand vendors and pop-up activations had to offer.

Hyro The Hero were the first to set hearts pounding on the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion grounds. But it was clear that Four Year Strong upped the ante by giving the crowd an earful of favorites during “Go Down In History” and “We All Float Down Here.”

Later in the afternoon, Sleeping With Sirens closed up the Festival stage by leading the crowd as they sang along to an evocative rendition of “If You Can’t Hang” before heading over to the main stage. Where Memphis May Fire and The Story So Far played a pair of raucous sets, gearing up the headliners with a pumped crowd as they switched up to an amphitheater stage and atmosphere.

It became a much more explosive show during Circa Survive’s headline slot on the Main Stage. Later in the evening, as the band dealt with an avid welcome from fans due to Anthony Green’s animated stage presence and the decision to play “The Difference Between Medicine and Poison Is in the Dose,” a fan essential, within the first 5 minutes of stepping on stage.

The Used opened up their set with a dramatic curtain drop until they popped up onstage to play “Take It Away,” the first single from their second studio album, In Love and Death. Next up was the always lively “The Bird and The Worm,” “The Taste of Ink,” and “I Caught Fire.” The energy from every member didn’t seem like it would stop for a second but later slowed down for two cover songs of “Wonderwall” by Oasis and “Shadow of the Day” by Linkin Park.

 A quarter past 10pm, it was time for Thrice to make an appearance. It was a poignant, end to the show with a more than a decade’s worth of anticipation for me personally. If you spent every show looking for that one moment of catharsis, when they played “The Artist in the Ambulance,” that was it for me. Thrice’s vocals swell to the center stage during the most touching moments, gently yet firmly accompanied by instrumentals. Even as it may seem to some that the virality of Thrice’s material has been dwindling, I felt that without a doubt, it still matters.

You can also live all the action by buying tickets to Disrupt Festival’s remaining stops here.


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