Toronto ON, May 24 – The third day of the Aftermath Festival continued along the same vein as the second: a lineup that alternated refreshingly between more dynamic and less dynamic stage acts, with DJs filling sounds in between each live set. The venue was once again full of people, and the success of the festival in general seemed assured. Suicide Commando was originally tapped to close out the night but they had to cancel. However, local legends Decoded Feedback were able to step in on short notice and did really well, much like how Aftermath had stepped in on short notice when Kinetik had to be cancelled.
The set order saw Volt 9000 opening the night, allowing me to see them for the second time since the Artoffact Records showcase back when Neutral was still with us. They were followed by solo act ESA, and then the energy flowed down a notch to slightly more chill when Displacer followed. Caustic then brought the tempo back up again, appearing on the stage for the second time (the first being with The Causticles, this time in a non-collaborative capacity). To maintain that tempo tide, high-octane to more chill and back, Decoded Feedback were slotted ahead of FGFC820 to close out the night.
Overall, another solid day from an event that came from out of the blue to fill a void. There would be one more day to follow.
photos : C. Lang Photography
– Dylan Madeley