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Bled Fest 2012

This was a couple weeks ago. It is pretty much the best festival rMichigan has to offer. This year they had a pretty stacked line-up.
1 Carielle
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A new band from Grand Rapids, MI. I barely listened to them at all but they seemed better than the other scenecore bands that were opening the festival. They were honestly one of the best sets of the entire fest. High energy, high emotion, alt. rock. Met them after their set, very nice dudes and dude-ette. They only have a single out right now and are recording for an EP and LP at the moment - http://carielle.bandcamp.com/
2Citizen
Young States


Went to this set because most my friends were psyched for this. They were good and I enjoyed them. I was hoping they would've played 'Fremont'. They didn't play 'Fremont'.
3Xerxes
Our Home Is A Deathbed


I was pretty excited to see these guys. They put on one hell of a show. All the dudes from Pianos Become the Teeth were there in support too. I was just pretty bummed that the crowd wasn't that big.
4Young Statues
Young Statues


I was supposed to see him at the A Great Big Pile of Leaves/Mansions show in Lansing last winter. I definitely missed out. The set was awesome, played 'Spacism' and 'Bumble Bee' so I was set. I met him after the show and he was honestly one of the nicest dude I ever met.
5Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)
What It Takes To Move Forward


Finally was going to catch on the great emo giants of Michigan. My friends weren't too fond of it (their expectations were pretty high) but Keith and the band still managed put on a good set. His wife was turned around the whole set until someone from the crowd grabbed her and spun her around. I thought that was pretty funny.
6Pianos Become the Teeth
Old Pride


These dudes are one of my favorite screamo bands; it was a surreal experience finally seeing them live. This was another one of the best sets of the night. They mostly played songs off of The Lack Long After and managed to squeeze in 'Filial' of Old Pride! Halfway through the set, I realized I was right next to Jordan Dreyer of La Dispute and Dave Summers right at the front of the stage. Found a lot of video/photos of me during that set, including my failed stage dive during 'I'll Be Damned'. Also met Kyle Durfey, David Haik, and the rest of the Pianos crew; also, really nice guys.
7The World is a Beautiful Place And...
Formlessness


Right after the Pianos set, we saw another one of my favorite bands perform. Keith from Empire! Empire! was there to cause some on-stage banter. The whole set was one big sing-a-long, some guy in a You Blew It! crewneck managed to get the whole entire crowd going. It was the most active I've seen that stage during the entire fest. The set was spectacular, played songs off of Formlessness and their split with Dear Leap.
8Mixtapes
Maps


Mixtapes are really the only pop punk band I enjoy. No one else in my group wanted to see them, so I stuck around. The set was hilarious. The whole on-stage banter between Ryan and Maura was great, along with failed Papa Roach and Korn covers. Played some new songs and some old including personal favorite 'Cassettes'.
9Good Weather For Airstrikes
To Have Our Hearts Emptied, To Be Left as We Came


It was along day of walking around from set to set and visiting the merch area, we decided to see one more band and take a break. We didn't really care about seeing Comeback Kid or The Wonder Years. GWAF are a local post- rock band from Howell, MI. I heard some of their music but my friends were hooked in by their flyers the plastered throughout the fest saying 'Wanna Get Sad? Come YOLO with GWAF' (http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ash3/554440_10150924298998326_518691804_n.jpg) The set was pretty good, everyone enjoyed it, but we were more looking forward to heading back to the car for a break. After that, I was going to catch As Cities Burn.
10As Cities Burn
Hell or High Water


It's a pretty surreal experience finally seeing a band live that has changed your life. Their last LP, Hell or High Water, has done some magical things for me. I keep finding myself relating to it more and more throughout the years. Finally, seeing the songs live was pure magic. I was incredibly happy when they only played songs from Come Now Sleep and HOHW. I would've been devastated if they started playing Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest (I never enjoyed that album at all). Belted out songs like 'This Is It, This Is It', 'Made Too Pretty', '84 Sheepdog', it was fantastic. After the set, I managed to thank the guys from ACB in person for making such beautiful music. We stood around at their merch table discussing the fest, music, life, etc.
11 The Early November
The Room's Too Cold


Honestly, I'm not as big a fan of The Early November as I should be. I liked Ace Ender's other side projects (I Can Make A Mess & Ace Enders Million) and I enjoyed 'The Room's Too Cold' but never really bothered to check anything else out by them (my fault). This was the last set of the day and everyone was exhausted. Some of my friends either went to the Daylight set or returned to the car. I sat back and enjoyed the performance, sang-a-long to 'Ever So Sweet', and bolted out of their right when they finished. Don't get me wrong, the set was awesome, I was just exhausted from a lack of food and solely running on free Rockstar energy drinks. --- All in all, Bled Fest was spectacular. Can't sum it up into words but I had the time of my life.
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