Summer Ends Music Festival took place in Tempe this weekend it was a huge hit. Temperatures were soaring in the triple digits, but that didn’t stop thousands of fans from coming out to Tempe Beach Park to enjoy some killer performances.
The four-day festival kicked off on Thursday night with Hozier. He made a comment about how dreadful the heat was, but he still pulled of a solid performance. Brandon Flowers is known as the lead singer of the Killers, but he put on a solo performance that wowed the crowd. The Cold War Kids also put on a great show; they barely spoke or interacted with the crowd, but ended up playing for about an hour.
Friday night was more of an emo night with acts like Brand New, Thrice and local band Jimmy Eat World. Of course the crowd went crazy for Jimmy Eat World since they are from the area. But there was a lot a good size audience for Brand New and Thrice, who played a lot of their more well-known and older hits.
Unfortunately, there was some bad news on Saturday night. Sixteen festivalgoers were injured and had to go to the hospital after a crowd stampeded to the front for Big Sean’s performance. J. Cole also performed on Saturday along with some reggae-rock bands and other hip-hop artists. Due to the variety of music that night, over 28,000 people showed up on Saturday night.
Despite the injuries, the show still went on for the last day on Sunday. Chance the Rapper took the stage and so did the most anticipated act of the festival, Kanye West. Of course Kanye put on a dramatic performance complete with smoke machines and wearing a bandana. Sunday’s lineup was strictly rap so I don’t know if that is why the crowd was smaller on Sunday or if the heat was just too much for some people.
Each night of the festival seemed to attract different crowds and music, which is nice for a festival. Guests could choose which night they wanted to attend to listen to mainly that type of music. It was a great festival with awesome performances.