Denver—Failure and Gogol Bordello performed on the Byers General Store Stage at Denver’s stop of Riot Fest, on Sept. 19.
Ken Andrews is the vocalist and guitarist, Greg Edwards is the bassist and keyboardist and Kellii Scott is the drummer of Failure.
After beginning Failure’s concert with “Sergeant Politeness” and “Screen Man”, Andrews spoke to the audience and mentioned how it had been 16 years since they played in Denver. Then, they continued their performance with “Smoking Umbrellas”.
As the opening riffs were played during “The Nurse Who Loved Me”, the audience cheered. Edwards and Andrews looked at each other and noticed how the sound projected was not right. After correcting the sound technician—Failure restarted the song, the crowd cheered and the majority of the audience sang along with them.
“Heliotropic” brought an end to Failure’s recital. Edwards went onto play the keyboards on stage. Afterwards, Andrews went onto thank the crowd for attending their performance and he introduced his Scott and Edwards to the onlookers.
“Frogs”, “Wet Gravity”, “Pillowhead” and “Stuck On You” were also a part of Failure’s set.
Eugene Hütz is the vocalist and guitarist, Elizabeth Sun is the dancer, Pedro Erazo is the MC, Sergey Ryabtsev is the violinist, Oliver Charles is the drummer, Pasha Newmar plays the accordion, Michael Ward is the guitarist and Thomas “Tommy T” Gobena is the bassist of Gogol Bordello. Sun, Ryabtsev and Ward also provide backup vocals. Hütz, Sun and Erazo also provides percussions.
Newmar and Erazo appeared on stage first to hype up the crowd, as Gogol Bordello began their performance with “Intro”. Shortly after—they continued their performance with “Ultimate”, “Not a Crime”, “Wonderlust King”, “Dig Deep Enough”, “The Other Side of Rainbow” and “My Companjera”. After “Trans-Continental Hustle” came to an end, Hütz greeted the audience.
“Break the Spell” brought an end to Gogol Bordello’s concert. Sun played the cymbals and danced, as everyone else led the crowd in rhythmic applause to Erazo’s percussions. Every so often, Erazo would rush to the front of the stage and hype up the crowd as he did so at the beginning of the showcase. Towards the end of the song, Hütz had everyone chant the song’s title repeatedly.
“Immigranada” and “Purple” were also part of Gogol Bordello’s set.
Other notable performances from Sept. 19 were: La Dispute, Buzzcocks, Die Antwood, The Orwells, Minerals, ALL and New Found Glory.