Thanks to Pittsburgh’s unfortunate proclivity for failing to attract EDM shows it had been almost a year since I had attended one. The four hour drive to Merriweather Post Pavilion ensured that I would miss a good chunk of the Thank You Festival. It started earlier than any electronic show I’d ever seen. So the “& More” part of the lineup will forever remain a mystery to me. I entered the show over four hours late to find a sea of glow sticks, barely clothed women, the thundering bass of Krewella, burnouts asking if I’ve seen Molly, I found Waldo by the entrance, Stella Artois on tap – simply said, I walked through the gates of heaven.
Krewella had no shortage of lasers, bass, and confetti for the crowd. There was a celebratory mood to each artist. The Thank You Festival raises money to help children in need around the world as a part of the effort to end global poverty. They reached their goal in funding, so the festival was organized as a thank you… at least that’s what Snow White told me while in line for a beer. Now, I haven’t seen that film since I was young so I cannot make an informed enough decision as to whether or not a girl dressed as this Disney Princess is a liar.
Above & Beyond took the stage and were done almost as soon as they went on. A large portion of their set was dedicated to saying “thank you”, bringing out the men who organized the charity. I give this festival one thing, I’ve never seen a faster turnaround for artists. The break between sets couldn’t have been 10 minutes long, even when Tiesto took the stage.
Tiesto’s opening track proved why he is the headliner of the show. The Tiesto you hear from his singles does not in any way reflect what you’ll hear at the show. He played some very heavy stuff intertwined with different renditions of his singles. Ninety percent of the show was comprised of material you can only hear live, and it was fantastic. He played a range of music varying from airy trance to dubstep that caused a guy in a greenman suit to walk it out. The set was short, but oh so sweet. But unfortunately, it was a pretty damn short set for an EDM show. I’d put the runtime around 90 minutes ending at 11:00 pm sharp and they stopped serving beer at 10:15. 10:15! But all in all it was an unforgettable show, I hope to see Tiesto again someday when such time restrictions are not present.