*featured photo by Yoshi Cooper
Editor’s note: At Team FtLP, we aren’t letting summer coming to a close bum us out. As the days get shorter, we’re that much closer to this year’s Riot Fest! Year 11 for the festival is shaping up to be one for the record books, and we simply cannot contain our excitement. To help bring you to our level of stokage, we asked our contributors to talk about the bands they’re most excited to see this year.
Today Ross Hostage tells you about how PUP will be one of his highlights at Riot Fest & Rodeo in Denver.
PUP has been incredibly busy since the release of their 2014 Side One Dummy self-titled debut and the ONE time they came to Denver I missed it. They were on tour with The Menzingers, Lemuria and Cayetana (an incredible package in of itself) and I couldn’t attend because one of my bands released a new album on the same night. This is what I get for being the only punk rock dude in the soul/R&B band.
As tales of PUP’s incredible live show spread and I delved more and more into what became my favorite album of that year, I kicked myself over and over for missing their performance. “I could’ve made an effort to show hop, catch their set and made it back for mine,” I constantly lamented. I’d put on their record at home, sing my lungs out at the bus stop with no fucks given, and imagine myself in the midst of a sweaty crowd and immersing myself in some of my favorite songs.
Then, when all hope seemed lost, the Riot Fest & Rodeo lineup emerges and PUP is amongst the stacked list of bands for the festival. I know it won’t be the same as a raucous club show, but you have no idea how badly I NEED to see this band. When I Riot Fest, I certainly take advantage of my press credentials (sorry to brag) and watch sets from side stage. Not only can I focus more intently on the bands I’m covering, but it keeps me out of the melee that is the giant festival crowd. For PUP’s set, however, I’ll most likely be in the throng, going nuts and losing my voice. Sorry if I walk on your head.
PUP will play Riot Fest Denver Sunday, Aug. 30. Single-day and three-day passes for Denver are available here. Be sure to stop by the For the Love of Punk booth in Denver and Chicago, say hi and pick up some limited-edition merch.