Who's in charge of picking up all the confetti at Self Help Fest?
Last Saturday, Florida metalcore heroes A Day To Remember held the first in what they're hoping will be the annual Self Help Fest in San Bernardino, CA. Music as therapy? Obviously.
"We have always wanted to make a quality branded festival for the scene," guitarist Kevin Skaff explained to LA Music Blog. "We get overlooked and thought there needed to be more recognition." Based on the turnout, it looks like the guys behind "Right Back At It Again" are getting recognized just fine -- this thing was huge.
The full lineup included A Skylit Drive, Memphis May Fire, The Story So Far, Of Mice & Men, Bring Me The Horizon, and more rotating on two stages all day, so it's no surprise that the turnout was so heavy.
The name of the festival, Skaff said, was a way to acknowledge the feedback bands like his often get from fans. "[We], along with a lot of other bands playing, receive many messages from fans explaining how we help them in some sort of way. It's a way to say 'thanks' to everyone out there who our music has helped, who, in turn, help themselves after listening."
Wish you were there? Help yourself to these amazing photos from the show!
Sometimes you're the hammer, and sometimes you're the pyrotechnic smoke cannon.
The house that doubt, and a few thousand fans, built.
Wave 'em like you just don't care.
A Day To Remember's mild-mannered alter egos.
A line to forget.
There are districts in Panem where this type of thing can get you into trouble.
Dude, we're trying to throw a concert here. Can you cool it with the onstage selfies?
And, the gold medal for guitar-shredding goes to...
Metalcore rhythmic gymnastics is a lot harder than it looks.
+ Watch A Day To Remember's "Buzzworthy Live" acoustic performances of "It's Complicated" and "Have Faith In Me."
Photo credit: Adam Elmakias