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Ottawa Folkfest 2014 – Foster The People

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Ottawa Folkfest 2014 – Foster The People

Foster The People delivered to the audience a spectacle for both the eyes and ears, on the first day of Ottawa’s 2014 Folk Festival. The night of September 10 in Hog’s Back Park was cold and damp. However California indie rockers Foster The People didn’t let the weather dampen their performance in any way, shape or form. 

As 9:15pm approached, a crowd composed of all generations flooded towards the Eh! Stage. With a light rain cooling down the atmosphere of the festival, fans were only beginning to gear up for the performance of the evening. Foster The People took the stage and the crowd by storm, emerging to a dazzling display of luminescence for their song “Pseudologia Fantastica”. Eh! Stage had been transformed to resemble a crystal cave with large translucent crystal sculptures and a vibrant, enchanting light display.

The frontman Mark Foster belted out each song with skill, as he swayed back and forth to the rhythmic lull and dancing bass lines. What was previously just a trodden down field of grass soon became the dance floor of a nightclub with the audience moving freely to the beat. Foster The People performed song after song including crowd favourites such as “Coming of Age”, “Houdini”, and their break out hit “Pumped Up Kicks”. Bassist Jacob Fink’s back up vocals accentuated the band’s performance, backed by Mark Pontius playing a pounding drum line like in the song, “Miss You”.

Foster The People are touring on the heels of their recently released sophomore album Supermodels. The Folkfest lineup this year includes Lorde, Serena Ryder, The National, Neutral Milk Hotel and many more great acts.

Review and video by Ryan Stubbs

Photos by Mac Dimanlig

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