Once again, Earthday Birthday proves to be one of the most successful shows in the country! From its unlikely beginnings Central Florida’s longest running festival seems to be growing bigger and better each year. While other festivals have fallen by the wayside, Earthday Birthday brings together a single day festival for all, solidifying its place in the history books. Godsmack, and last year’s stand out Three Day’s Grace topped the list of artists to perform. Motionless in White, fresh off the Van’s Warped Tour, was, as always a fan favorite.
For its size, this festival holds its own with the larger, multi day events. Moving the date back a week into April, gave fans a season opener, so to speak, and started it off with some great talent. Pop Evil, Atreyu, P.O.D., Underoath, RIval Sons, Badflower, Shim, Glorious Sons, Blue Stones and Shim plus many more, rounded out the highly talented and packed line up. If anyone missed out on the Unplugged or Chill Zone they missed some great intimate acoustic sets. The heat, as always is certainly a factor with the humidity bringing the heat index to just shy of 100 degrees. Finding these stages was a treat in more ways than one.
The biggest take away is how will Earthday Birthday improve upon what is clearly so successful? One thing to note is how closely this show is coming to topping out on the venue space. Do they remain the same or risk losing the “home town” familiar vibe that many enjoy. Concert goer Jason pointed out that “This is one of the few large shows I go to. I don’t like the larger multi day shows because they are just too corporate. ” I tend to agree on many levels. This festival spread out over two days would sadly lose something. The very something that sets it apart from the rest of the Spring festival season. What makes this show the most successful is it doesn’t overstep. It doesn’t try to be something it’s not. It brings together lovers of music and it hasn’t fallen, for lack of a better word, victim to the corporate greed driving many of its counterparts.
Hopefully, this will continue to be the case. EDBD 2020, here we come!
Photos by Chase Hinton (Special for Music Injection)
Written By: Belinda Glass Reedy- The Metallicougar