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PHOTOS: Sleeping with Sirens, Circa Survive and Sum 41 sweat it out for Rockstar Disrupt Festival

Circa Survive performs at the Rockstar Disrupt Festival in Phoenix, AZ on July 27, 2019.

PHOENIX — An unforgiving sun beat down on the crowd at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Saturday, where thousands had gathered for the inaugural run of the Rockstar Disrupt Festival. The sweltering heat forced fans away from the lawn and under the shaded pavilion, where they huddled together for hours of live music.

Orlando-based Sleeping with Sirens served up a blistering early evening set that featured two new tracks from their upcoming release How it Feels to Be Lost, along with live staples “Kick Me” and “If You Can’t Hang” and a smattering of other selections from across their discography, with the notable exception of any material from 2017’s Gossip.

Photo Credit: Brent Hankins

Sleeping with Sirens Setlist
Kick Me
Do It Now Remember It Later
Leave It All Behind
We Like It Loud
Better Off Dead
Break Me Down
If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn
If You Can’t Hang

Prog rock mainstays Circa Survive took the stage shortly before sunset, with frontman Anthony Green commenting “there’s nothing more beautiful than playing music in the desert at sunset.” Green’s soaring melodies on “Child of the Desert” offered a stark contrast to the snarls and screams on heavier tracks like “Get Out” and “Act Appalled,” and the band sounded absolutely incredible.

Photo Credit: Brent Hankins

Circa Survive Setlist
Act Appalled
Rites of Investiture
Child of the Desert
The Difference Between Medicine and Poison Is in the Dose
Holding Someone’s Hair Back
In the Morning and Amazing…
Stop the Fuckin’ Car
Get Out

As darkness fell, Ontario pop-punk legends Sum 41 lit up the night sky with … Most of their set consisted of tracks from Does This Look Infected and All Killer No Filler, including their biggest hits “Fat Lip” and “In too Deep,” but they also surprised fans with a punked-up cover of Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” Lead singer Deryck Whibley also confirmed the band would be trekking back through Phoenix this fall on their own headlining tour.

Photo Credit: Brent Hankins

Sum 41 Setlist
The Hell Song
Over My Head (Better Off Dead)
We’re All to Blame
Out for Blood
Walking Disaster
We Will Rock You (Queen cover)
In Too Deep
Fat Lip
Still Waiting

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