So What Music Festival Day 2: Grandson, The Rocket Summer, Polyphia, Rae Sremmurd round out a marathon of music

As the sun rose on day two of So What Music Festival, even more attendees lined up to catch their favorite acts perform across the event’s seven stages. Saturday saw a sharp focus on rock and hardcore, rounding out a lineup that included Sum 41, Simple Plan, The Ghost Inside and iconic duo Rae Sremmurd on the rap stage.

Atlas arrived early and stayed till the very end- check out our favorite moments of day two!

The Return of Travie McCoy

In his defense, Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy technically hasn’t gone anywhere, but catching a live performance is one in a million. The charismatic rapper drew a large crowd under the midafternoon sun, playing a setlist of his own hits, along with plenty of GCH throwbacks. How could you ever resist shouting the chorus to “Stereo Hearts” or forget the iconic “Billionaire”? Everyone- from the photographers in the pit to the observers at the back- sang along to one of the most fun sets of the day.

“So Much Love” at the Hot Topic Stage

Another musician we’ve been eagerly waiting for is The Rocket Summer- and Bryce Avary returned to the stage in his typical humbly understated fashion. Devoted fans squished in with stars in their eyes as “Break It Out” kicked off a set of favorites from the Texas native’s extensive discography. Though he had to wear shades to avoid looking directly into the glaring sun, the joy on Avary’s face was outdone only by the joy on the faces of the audience. His time onstage felt like a dream and ended all too soon to make way for the rest of the day.

Grandson Stays Fired Up

With the recent mass shooting tragedy in Texas, it’s no wonder emotions have been high. Grandson has always grounded himself firmly in his social and political beliefs, letting them bleed into his music and high energy performances. Drink in hand, he extended his middle finger to the government of Texas and called for gun control and an end to the violence our country sees everyday. The grandkids roared their approval as always and screamed the words to “6:00”, “Oh No!!!” and “Stick Up” before the set ended with “Blood//Water”, the song that changed it all. 

Sleeper Set of the Day

If you’ve never heard of Polyphia, it might be surprising to see people opening a moshpit to the purely instrumental post-hardcore group- but that’s exactly what always happens. The quintet overcame slight technical difficulties for one of the rowdiest stage times of day two- and certainly the most crowdsurfers we’d seen to date. Each member is enormously skilled, showing off deft fingers and perfect synchronization that mesmerized those not throwing themselves towards the stage.

Rae Sremmurd Fans Turn Out and Turn Up 

Before the two brothers even hit the stage, the late night crowd was amped for Rae Sremmurd’s set. Rapper Swae Lee oozes charm and stage presence, pulling plenty of focus but also keeping the attention on his brother during their long list of bangers. Trust us- you know more Rae Sremmurd songs than you think. Their lighthearted but powerful energy was the perfect closer to the Saturday music marathon.

We’ve got all the photos from day two!

Story and photos by Olivia Khiel

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