By Alex Jones
As the hot sun beat down on the necks of festival goers smack dab in the middle of day 3, a swarm of people walked from Streetlight Manifesto at the main stage to see lovelytheband perform at the CVG River Stage. Lovelytheband is a popular pop rock band for local radio stations. Radio station tents were propped up along the left side of the crowd as people eagerly waited to see the group nearly an hour before they were set to go on.
As the group strutted on to the stage about 10 minutes late, they picked up their instruments and made the wait all the more worth it. Lead vocalist Mitchy Collins picked up his guitar that was eerily the same color as the pink hue of the sky. He made a comment on how beautiful the fans were during this “Golden Hour.”
The awesome performance started out with their popular song “make you feel pretty.” Immediately the crowd was as into it as the band, and the two were definitely feeding off of each other. Drummer Sam Price kept good momentum throughout the performance, and crowd interactions from every member made it a performance to remember.
One of the most memorable parts of the performance came from the lead singer’s comments on women and women’s rights in US. It was followed beautifully with an emotionally charged rendition of “maybe, I’m afraid.” The lyrics are as packed with emotion as the energized performance itself.
Other notable songs from the set include “Change Your Mind”, “Coachella”, and their most popular radio hit “broken.”
This is an up and coming band to see, and an Ohio band at that. Their crowd interactions set them apart for the weekend, and they just genuinely looked like they were having a blast on stage. Lovelytheband is definitely a band you should try and go see. They are currently on a world tour for the rest of the year with the schedule on their website.
Photographs by Michael Deinlein