MOPOP Festival 2015 RECAP: Rain, Cancellations, and Good Vibes Anyways

Posted: July 29, 2015 in Uncategorized
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By: Amy Cooper, Detroit Ginger


An artist painting the Pabst Blue Ribbon Bus Film Photo By Acronym Creative Studio

An artist painting the Pabst Blue Ribbon Bus Film Photo By Acronym Creative Studio

MOPOP 2015 was full of up and downs this year, and most things were due to issues beyond MOPOP Management’s control.

The set up and execution of the festival was well near perfect with the food trucks, beer tents, bathroom round up, and art to view all the way down the side of the riverfront. The spit of land works perfectly for festivals, leaving the concert goers to desire more festivals to be held across the street from the Detroit Post Office Headquarters.

The Crowd at MOPOP 2015 hanging out on the Riverwalk Strip. Film Photo By Acronym Creative Studio

The Crowd at MOPOP 2015 hanging out on the Riverwalk Strip. Film Photo By Acronym Creative Studio


Iron and Wine, 2015 Photo: Acronym Creative Studio

Iron and Wine, 2015 Photo: Acronym Creative Studio

DAY 1:

The issue came when rain began to pummel in during Iron and Wine‘s set – which forced photographers to hide underneath tarps, concert goers to take cover, and eventually be shoo’d away from the stages. 

MOPOP Management requested that most head to their cars to take cover, and with that came the unfortunate mishap that after waiting, some people left, in fear that the show had ended, and then left them up in arms for not being alerted that Brandon Flowers and Chromeo had returned to the stage. 

A MOPOP Patron Mud Sliding after Iron and Wine discontinued their set, pre-massive flooding. Photo: Acronym Creative Studio

A MOPOP Patron Mud Sliding after Iron and Wine discontinued their set, pre-massive flooding. Photo: Acronym Creative Studio

Mr. Brightside indeed #MoPopFest

A video posted by MoPop Festival (@mopopfestival) on Jul 25, 2015 at 7:22pm PDT

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Many left heartbroken notes in regard to Brandon on the MOPOP Festival Instagram, saying that they were told to leave and they were furious and saddened by missing The Killers frontman. I happened to be the one of many who missed Flowers due to being told to leave, so I can share those sentiments.

Luckily, Flowers spoke to NME recently, in which he concluded that “Being onstage without [The Killers] is different, but I try to look for the similarities rather than dwell on the differences because I need that comfort, I guess,” and shared this might be his last solo record. So hopefully that means we will have more chances to see Brandon fronting The Killers instead. 

Concertgoer Bill Patzelt shared with DG that Flowers played for about a half hour, and then Chromeo went on until 11PM and was promptly cut short. 

I get Jealous! @chromeo #MoPopFest

A video posted by MoPop Festival (@mopopfestival) on Jul 25, 2015 at 7:57pm PDT

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DAY 2:

The second day of the festival was a lot more dry in terms of the weather. All the artist played and played on time, except for Passion Pit. Sadly, they were out due to an ilness in the band, which left many of the concert goers, once again, heartbroken.

MOPOP did not release the information of sickness until the morning of, which was frustrating for some of the people who’d bought tickets just to see Passion Pit, or worse, had TRAVELED to see them. Fans were lamenting on Instagram and Facebook of the lineup change. 

Due to ongoing illness, Passion Pit's performances at WayHome Music & Arts Festival in Oro Medonte, Canada on 7/25 and…

Posted by Passion Pit on Friday, July 24, 2015

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas Film Shot By Acronym Creative Studio

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas Film Shot By Acronym Creative Studio

On the bright side, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas were the new fan favorite, with the local fronting the band. “Don’t Take My Man To Idaho” was the favorite mover and shaker, and Jessica made sure that the crowd knew how proud she was to hail from Detroit.

Then, for the grand finale, Modest Mouse.  Though nobody could really understand Milo speaking to the crowd (we’re sure he was on something), they sounded identical to their recordings, as they played “World at Large” off of “Good News for People Who Love Bad News.”

They were worth the wait during the set, and it sealed the weekend off perfectly. If given the chance, I would most definately go to MOPOP again, and hope to see what it’s like when there’s not a massive rainstorm that wrecks the first day. 

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