Sad Summer Festival @ Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL

Review & photography by Jenna Whalen

Sad Summer Festival stopped at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL on July 24th. Though it is the festivals very first year running it seems to be getting great attention! When I arrived at the venue there was over a block full of people waiting in line for doors to open.

The Chicago lineup included Ashland, Just Friends, Stand Atlantic, Mom Jeans., The Wonder Years, State Champs, The Maine, and Mayday Parade. I thought the lineup was great and loved how there was a handful of female-fronted bands!

When doors opened everyone quickly made their way into the venue. With an hour and a half to kill Lead singer Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade & lead singer John O’Callaghan of The Maine made their way into the main ballroom and met as many fans as possible. Fans lined up eager and excited to meet them! Derek and John made sure to hug and talk with everyone they could. When the show began more and more fans starting making their way to the stage.

Every band that played brought something unique to the stage and kept the crowd’s energy up all day. Just Friends was one of my favorites sets. All ten members of the band made for an insane stage presence. The Maine was also one to remember. In the middle of their set Lead Vocalist, John, made his way to the middle of the ballroom to sing Another Night On Mars. Making for an intimate moment, fans gathered around and sang every word.

Mayday Parade closed the night off. Lead Vocalist, Derek, couldn’t express how happy he was to be apart of the first-ever Sad Summer Festival and expressed that everyone in the room should feel the same way. He said that the festival is meant for everyone, no matter who you are, to come together and enjoy music in a safe, loving space. With that being said I think the festival was such a great time and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next one!

Sad Summer Festival

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