Hinterland Music Festival presents Glass Animals and Goth Babe on day two
Nearly 10,000 people flocked to St. Charles on Friday for the second day of this year’s backcountry music festival, packed with musicians including indie rock band Glass Animals, Goth Babe and Turnstile, who have filled after Rainbow Kitten Surprise was canceled in early August.
The four-day music festival kicked off on Thursday with a few hiccups as temperatures hit 93 degrees. The lines for water bottle refills had 30 minute waiting time at some point that later reduced to around 30 seconds. Earlier this year, organizers have announced plans to add more food vendors, parking spaces and restrooms to accommodate 12,000 to 15,000 festival-goers.
Here’s a look at Hinterland’s second day musical performers.
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Before a single member of the band took the stage, someone placed a potted plant to the right of the stage. A few minutes later, British indie band Glass Animals took the stage to wrap up the night’s show.
The rock band appeared backlit by the retro-techno aesthetic the band has become known for. When Glass Animals finished their third song, “Tangerine,” and the audience was lit up with a blood orange light, singer Dave Bayley seemed pleased.
“It’s going to be a good one tonight, I can feel it,” he said, before starting to perform “Bye Bye Baby Blue” followed by “Space Ghost Coast to Coast.”
Earlier this year, the band earned their first Grammy nomination with the song “Heat Waves.” The band’s St. Charles appearance comes weeks before the band’s Dreamland tour kicks off later this month.
The band’s show in Hinterland marked the first time the band performed in Iowa, an accomplishment Bayley had after wading through the audience to perform “Gooey” with some of his fans inches away from him.
After a few more songs and an encore that ended with “Heat Waves”, Bayley was finally signed.
“Hinterland, god, thank you guys. Thank you for giving us the best first show ever in Iowa,” he said. “We will be back here as soon as possible!”
knowledge of the yoke
Adrian Galvin – formerly of pop group Walk the Moon – opened day two of Hinterland performing under his indie music alias Yoke Lore. Galvin – known for songs like “Beige” and “Goodpain” – greeted the crowd.
When rock/hip-hop entertainer Petey took the stage around 3:30 p.m., he had actor Kevin Costner in mind as the rocker referenced the movie “Field of Dreams.”
“If you build it, they will come,” the artist said on stage. “If it was me, I would have built some sort of terrarium for the dinosaurs. I guess that’s just the plot of ‘Jurassic Park’.”
With that, he started playing “We Go On Walk”. Also known for his comedy, some of Petey’s notable releases include “Lean Into Life” and “Don’t Tell the Boys.” He released his single “Big Bad!” earlier this year.
“Stay safe and stay cool,” Pete told fans as he left the stage.
For electric indie-pop performer Griffin Washburn, better known as Goth Babe, this was a first show in Iowa, and the performer was thrilled to be a part of this year’s festival. .
“Did anyone else just get excited about this lineup?” he asked the crowd.
He quickly followed up with another question: “Does anyone want to crowd-surf?”
Very quickly, an inflatable watermelon raft and a volunteer (“Kaity”) were brought onto the stage as Washburn entered her second song “Sometimes”.
Later, as Washburn began to wrap up his set, he performed a cover of Drake’s “Forever”. After getting the crowd to jump and cheer – and after asking a second spectator to crowd-surf – he began to walk off stage when he realized, “We’ve got five minutes left.”
With that, he launched one final song “Weekend Friend”, leading the two halves of the audience into a dance as he jumped between the speakers in front of the stage.
Fourth in Friday’s lineup was singer-songwriter Briston Maroney, who took the stage as the temperatures began to cool.
The former “American Idol” contestant released the deluxe edition of his “Sunflower” album earlier this year and released other songs like “Freakin’ Out on the Interstate” and “Small Talk.”
Maroney briefly interrupted the show when he checked on someone in the pit crowd.
According to Aces lead singer Cristal Ramirez, the four-girl group is ready to set up a second date with the backcountry crowds.
“It’s been one of my favorite shows for a very long time,” Ramirez told a cheering crowd.
One of the band’s last songs of the night was also one of their newest as the performers encouraged the audience to sing along along to “Girls Make Me Wanna Die”. After that, they closed their set with “My phone is trying to kill me”.
By the time the penultimate band of the evening took the stage at 8 p.m., temperatures had dropped to 86 degrees and most of the festival grounds were sheltered from the sun. Lanes have been reduced to very short waiting times.
Five-man hard-core band Turnstile released the album “Glow On” in 2021.
During their performance, the group played songs like “Fly Away With Me” and “Moon,” using the darkening hour to illuminate the stage in yellow and purple light.
“How’s everybody,” Turnstile lead singer Brendan Yates shouted about halfway through the band’s set before asking different segments of the assembled crowd, “Are you okay?” receive affirmative cheers in response.
“It’s beautiful, thank you.”
The group was a relatively late addition to this year’s lineup, replacing alt/indie band Rainbow Kitten Surprise.
When Glass Animals played after Turnstile, that band’s lead singer shouted hard rock band.
“What lineup did you have this weekend, huh?” Bayley said. “Do you listen to Turnstile? Sometimes I listen to these guys on record to hype myself up before a gig. It was like today. Amazing band.”