High Elevation Rock Festival 2017 – Day 1

 

We were fortunate enough this year to cover the 2nd Annual High Elevation Rock Festival in Englewood, Colorado. If you do not know Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre is located 10 miles south of the city of Denver and hosted the inaugural festival last year.  A full second day was added making it a two day festival (September 23 & 24) celebrating rock and heavy metal. Like most festivals there was food vendors, product vendors, and merchandise tents scattered through the venue. Just like last year there were two stages which fans could go in-between to enjoy the music.

Some of the first days highlights included a musical set from Ohio’s cinematic rock group Starset. They played a set that included their lasted video and single “Satellite” from their latest album Vessels. The only thing about their set was that is was a shame they did not play at night. They are a very visual band that incorporates LED animations and lights so it got lost in the daylight.

Pennsylvania’s own Halestorm was a another group that never disappoints and put on a energy filled set. Halestorm has been recording a new album this year and they just started some tour dates and are eager to get on the road again. Lizzy Hale had no problem strutting the stage in high heels laying down riffs on her Gibson and belting out vocals.

Michigan’s metal newcomers I Previal, veterans A Day To Remember and All That Remains all played ripping sets into the early evening with fans gathering endlessly and headbanging at both stages.

The fist days festival came to a close with a blistering set from Five Finger Death Punch. Lead Singer Ivan Moody was in fine form racing back and forth on stage igniting the crowd and interacting with the fans. A highlight from their set included when Moody invited lead singer of All That Remains Philip Labonte onstage to sing with the band during the song “Wash It All Away”. All the rock and metal fans went home happy and needed to regroup for day 2.