Diversity Rocks BFD Festival

Lauren Williams, Staff Writer

Live 105, a local radio station, hosted their 20th annual BFD music festival at the Shoreline Amphitheater on June 1. The sold-out festival featured performances from over 35 bands on 4 separate stages. The festival broke the record of attendees, attracting over 24,000 music fans. Tickets ranged from $10.53 to $105.

The permanent main stage at the Shoreline Amphitheater housed headliners that included chart toppers such as Foster the People, M.I.A., Fitz & the Tantrums, Phantogram, and New Politics. The Platinum Subsonic Tent focused on electronic music DJ’d by 11 individuals. 10 Bay Area groups played at the Pepsi Soundcheck Local Band Stage. The Festival Stage featured an additional 11 bands.

There was a wide assortment of performers, including up-and-coming bands, as well as acclaimed bands known world-wide. The genres included electric-rock, indie-rock, and alternative.

The performers were energetic, especially Fitz & the Tantrums. This band started off their performance with some of their less popular songs, but then picked it up with “More Than Just a Dream” and “The Walker.” Their set also included a unique rendition of “Sweet Dreams are Made of This.”

Freshman Sierra Ramer, a festival attendee, thought that “dancing in the Subsonic Tent was fun.” Ramer’s favorite performance was by Flosstradamus.

Although Ramer’s bag was stolen at the festival, she still enjoyed the experience because of “all the different music and meeting new people.”

Sadly, the concession prices were outrageous and the lines long. Another poor aspect of the festival was the 30 minute wait between performances.

Despite several minor flaws, the diverse performances made Live 105’s annual BFD music festival an extremely unique experience.