The tenth edition of the Frequency Festival in St. Pölten on Sunday ended with fireworks – not only with real fireworks, but also with a musical fireworks show. This gave the tens of thousands of festival guests who stayed the Imagine Dragons in the sultry summer evening. The stylistically difficult to place American band is another example of the instincts Harry Jenner proves time and time again in the programming of the frequency: their premiere in St. Pölten celebrated the American band around frontman Dan Reynolds in the Green Stage in London. year ago.
Meanwhile, Imagine Dragons have become world stars. And while others are waiting with their super hits to the encore, Imagine Dragons left as the opener with the biggest hit: "Radioactive". During the next hour and a half, the body of Reynolds's bare torso showed not only that he spent a lot of time in the gym, but also that he and his band not only write radio-friendly songs, but also make really good rock music. The audience of Frequency thanked it with enthusiasm, which had no end to the last "believer". There was no better end to the tenth Frequency in St. Pölten.
But before the fourth day a strong program was offered. Papa Roach for example. The former pioneers of Nu-Metal showed in St. Pölten that they are far away from the old iron and allow it to crack in the afternoon sun. And that before the beautiful "Last Resort", with which the Californians once – yes, that was 18 years ago – caused a global sensation. From the very first second, frontman Jacoby Dakota Shaddix left no doubt that Papa Roach has even more power than some young striker who would like to risk a big lip.
As a complete contrast program, Belgian DJ Felix De Laet followed, which caused a stir as Lost Frequencies with hits like "Are You With Me" and "Melody" in the European charts. Between Papa Roach and the subsequent punk rockers of Sum 41, the sterile DJ sound seemed rather misplaced. Because Sum 41, once a skate punk with hits like "Fat Lip" and "In Too Deep" made world fame, proved that they have grown up – and at least try the metal genre. That's why in St. Pölten they did not only have songs like "The Hellsong" or "We Are To Blame", but they also quoted from the history of Metal – from Black Parbath "Paranoid" and "War Pigs" to Deep Purples "Smoke On The Water "and an Eddie lookalike as stage decoration. It was not always the impression that the skate punkers around Deryck Jason became Whibley metalheads – but the effort alone thanked the fans with a lot of mosh pit.
For the surprise of the evening, how could it be otherwise on a hot day, the cool Icelanders – and Kaleo. Coming from the 10.000 inhabitants Mosfellsbær, the quartet that stormed the charts last year with the catchy, but quiet "Way Down We Go", delighted in earthy blues rock and showed that even young musicians can make a credible sound from the 70s. Great!
To conclude the tenth Frequency in St. Pölten remains: as colorful and entertaining as this year was the festival in the Traisen never.