On July 15th at 5:30pm, doors opened at the Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre for fans, who excitedly made their entrance. People began to trickle in while the crew prepped the stage for alternative rock band, Young The Giant, and supporting acts, Charlotte Sands and Milky Chance.
The day was off to a good start with Charlotte Sands' high energy performance followed by Milky Chance, who had no trouble bringing liveliness to the stage as well.
During the wait for Young The Giant, some news on the weather about a thunderstorm had come about. Around 9:10pm, the photographers made their way to the photo pit in hopes that the show would go on, but just minutes before the band was meant to come on stage, lightning struck, and an announcement was made that everyone would have to exit the venue and find shelter. This was disappointing for everyone involved, fans especially because of the wait they already had to endure. Fortunately, after it was safe for people to re-enter, Young The Giant made their way to the stage at 10:45pm, opting for a short forty-five minute show.
It was nothing short of entertaining, and it was well worth the wait.
The stage set up was extravagant. It featured a large disco ball hanging above the center where it would later slowly descend during "Superposition," and was adorned with marigold flowers. It was easily one of the most visually pleasing stage sets you would ever see, with lighting that bathed the band in bright colors.
Their set featured a few popular hits and fan favorites, such as "Mind Over Matter" and "Cough Syrup," and they finished off with "My Body" which, even with the events that occurred earlier, still had fans jumping and singing along.
The setlist also included works from their latest album released in November of 2022, American Bollywood, which touches on his identity, belonging, home, and finding meaning in the chaos. As a first generation Indian-American, Gadhia found it important to bring his culture into the music.
All in all, it was a wonderful show, and they still brought so much energy, even with the weather delay. I highly encourage you to catch them on tour to see one of their complete shows as they were intended to be performed. If I could, I would definitely be seeing them again! The way their music feels in a live setting is like nothing I have ever experienced before, and is something that must be witnessed in person.
All Images of Young The Giant, Milky Chance, & Charlotte Sands by Isabella Wagner