Rockstar Energy Disrupt Festival Brings The Heat To Denver [Review + Photos]


If it’s hot outside, you know there will be a rock festival coming through town. The Rockstar Energy Disrupt Festival is a new summer festival that collects a variety of bands with different styles ranging from punk, metal core, to alternative rock. Fans that braved the mid-nineties Colorado heat experienced a loud, sweaty, and solid afternoon and evening of live performances.

There was a scheduled second stage for the earlier afternoon sets, but with a smaller crowd all of the bands played on the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatere’s main stage. For bands like Hyro The Hero, Juliet Sims, Meg & Dia, and Trophy Eyes, this was a great opportunity to spread their wings and lift the intensity of the festival.

As the sun started to disappear behind some clouds, the next set of band kept the rock and roll toughness and muscle loaded as the audience saw tight performances by Sleeping With Sirens, Atreyu, Circa Survive, and The Used. There was a lot of fan participation is the front pit as fans belted choruses loudly and created mosh circles where bodies would crash and bounce around. Lead vocalist Anthony Green from Circa Survive, bravely jumped in the crowd and spent the entire opening song in the front row as fans mobbed around and screamed into his microphone.

The event concluded with contrasting rock styles from alternative rockers Thrice and power punk veterans Sum 41. Out of all of the acts that performed my favorite was Thrice. Led by vocalist Dustin Kensrue, the bands set consisted of many incredible songs covering their diverse catalog including “The Artist In The Ambulance”, “Yellow Belly”, and “Black Honey”. The band recently released an EP of leftover songs from ‘Palms’ and the audience got to hear the aggressive “Deeper Wells”. Canadian punk rockers finished out the festival with a high-powered arsenal of hits that kept fans jumping and singing along until the very end. Sum 41 has just released their seventh studio album ‘Order In Decline’ reflecting on the social and political turmoil embroiling the world. The news songs blend flawlessly with live classics “Fat Lip” and “In Too Deep”.

Review and photos by Jason Bullinger