Michigan Sparks Beef with Wisconsin During Falling In Reverse Performance
Friday Night's headliner, Bring me the Horizon, turned the crowd into a frenzy of crowd surfers and moshers, all backlit by fireworks at one point. But there was one comment by frontman Ollie Sykes that caught the crowd off guard. Maybe some paraphrasing here, but it was to the extent of... "You guys are WAY better than they were in Wisconsin last night."
They had played a co-headlining show with Fall Out Boy in Sommerset, WI the night before.
So already, the seed was planted.
What Happened During Falling In Reverse?
Saturday Night's Upheaval headliner, Falling In Reverse, turned the crowd practically feral (in the best way possible), and then lit a spark that began our new hatred for Wisconsin.
"You guys are amazing," Ronnie said. "WAY better than Wisconsin last night. You guys seriously saved my weekend."
He went a little deeper into detail on his twitter about his experiences with their show at RockFest the night before, which takes place just outside of Caddot, WI.
Falling in Reverse's First Festival Headline Performance
It wasn't all beefing, though. Ronnie was eternally grateful for the chance to play Upheaval, which was actually the band's first headlining festival performance. He even stopped the show for a few minutes to acknowledge the crowd, thank them for sticking around to the end of the night after a long day.
"It really means a lot to us that you all stayed to see us tonight, you all hung around to the end... This is incredible. Thank you."
Falling in Reverse had never headlined a festival date until Upheaval Saturday Night, which was the final act of the entire event. Upheaval also saw bands like Ice Nine Kills, Halestorm, Lamb of God, We Came As Romans, Dorothy, and dozens more play the entire weekend.
There were three bands that ended up not playing, though. The week before, New Years Day had to pull out of their performance, and were replaced with Until I Wake. Then Asking Alexandria had to drop out due to drummer James Cassells' broken foot. However, they were replaced on the "Lookout Stage" by Flyleaf with Lacey Sturm.
In This Moment became a late scratch to the festival, after an issue with the amount of space on stage needed for their show.
This was the third year for Upheaval Festival in Grand Rapids, which shares a lot of artist traveling between RockFest in Wisconsin (F*** WISCONSIN!), and InkCarceration Fest in Ohio that same weekend.
You can see some of the photos from the main stage in the gallery below.