CAGE THE ELEPHANT
I was planning on doing a little WayHome festival recap for this blog post, but I’mma get a little more specific after a quick convo I had with a friend last night. I’m currently in MTL on my way to check out a day or two of Osheaga this weekend, and sitting with my pal over a glass of wine discussing the lineup last night he was questioning Cage The Elephant’s stage/time slot thinking it was a bit strange. Without really realizing, I immediately clapped back letting him know that aside from the obvious (i.e. Frank), they were my unexpected highlight of last weekend’s WayHome festival and everybody should be jumping at the chance to see them and how dare he even question such a thing. But, to be fair, before last Friday I really knew nothing about them…so I let it slide and we’re still friends.
For some background, my festival shoot schedule is organized for me by the bo$$ at Blare Mag (always made with my musical taste in mind because sometimes I think he knows it better than I do), and for this fest Cage The Elephant popped up on my “to shoot” list. To be totally honest, I didn’t really know what to expect – well ok that’s not all true, when I had to sign a waiver (mom – please skip this part) saying if I was injured in the media pit in front of the stage while they performed I couldn’t sue them for it, I had a general idea. So at this point I was half terrified and half insanely curious. Ok maybe 80/20 terrified/curious. Soon I understood why.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen energy even half that level at a show before. Maybe I’m attending the wrong shows or something but holy hell. Within about a minute, one band member was already amongst the crowd somehow managing to play guitar being surrounded by a horde of screaming fans. The next minute there was coloured smoke bombs going off from all corners. A couple seconds later, flames shooting up from the stage. I walked out of that pit after our 3 song photography allotment into a crazy energetic crowd wondering what the hell just happened and, more importantly, when can it happen again.
Moral of the story people, if you have the opportunity to see Cage The Elephant – SEE THEM. But maybe take a few precautious steps back from where you’re standing. My shots I managed to snag of Cage are below, and for the full daily photo sets you can head over to Blare Mag – for Friday’s set head here, Saturday’s here, and Sunday’s here.