Saturday started out as any typical September day in Texas except there was a stir in the air from the metal community here in Texas at the racetrack grounds. Slated for a long day that started when the gates opened at 11:00 am and there were already hundreds there waiting to claim prime territory at one of the barricades up close and upfront on one of three stages setup.
Weather folks were calling for a slight 10% chance of rain happening in our area for the day so chances were good that we would get the day in without rain. The crowds rolled in all day and I would estimate the crowd in the 8k to 10k number by the end of the day.
Twenty three acts to hit the 3 stages and be done by 11pm. Avenged Sevenfold the main headline act to finish the night on the main stage. Other groups in the mix were the Deftones, Chevelle, Pierce the Veil, Hellyeah, Candlebox and starting the day on the Longhorn stage was the band Starset. Deftones put on a good show and my personal favorite of the day was HellYeah. Those guys can really work a crowd and put on a crazy visual show with fake blood all over the face and jumping off the stage going out to shake hands and insight mayhem to the packed in moshing people near the front. Keep your eyes out for Pierce The Veil a young group that had a lot of fun.
Some where around 3:00 one of the producers came out to the main stage and annouced that there was a storm cell heading in our direction and for the safety of the crowds, bands and staff that everyone evacuate to their cars and they would be notified when the all clear and it was safe to come back in. There was some belly aching and crying but for the most part everyone obliged and exited the grounds for their cars. Sure enough in about 10 minutes there was a deluge of rain, winds and lighting in the area. Thanks God it moved on quickly and after about 30 minute delay they opened the gates back up and started re-sreening, searching and admitting the crowd back in and the showed continued on.
There were some of the bands sets adjusted by a song or two to accommodate the allotted time because there is a city curfew for noise and they couldn’t play past 12:00 is what I was told. So as they promised the show went on and everyone got a chance to play.
Playing on the Republic Stage were Failure Anthem, Shaman’s Harvest, Avatar, Skindred, The Amnity Affliction, Nothing More, Of Mice & Men and Ghost. My pic of this group was Shaman’s Harvest for their music but they were all good bands. Avatar with a scary clown theme with black, reds and yellows. Ghost wore devil head silver mask and had to to be one of the best costumes of the day. One of the Ghost band members had mingled around in the crowd throughout the day taking pictures and signing autographs.
The music was really good all day. I was impressed by September Mourning who opened the days festivities on the Renegade stage. Cartoon princess warrior character style outfit on the lead singer with the rest of the guys in classic darkside warrior looking armor and skeleton mask. Other notables on this stage were Mothership out of Dallas and Twelve Foot Ninjas. Also played on this stage were Romero, Smashing Satalites,Kyng and Neck Deep.
For the first Texas Mutiny it appeared to be a big success. There were some little hiccups here and there but for the most part the day was a hit. The food and drinks was a bit pricey but good. But there were some large free water stations where you could refill your glass or water bottle to keep from over heating in the 92 degree humid day. Could have used a few more portable bathrooms by the end of the day. but all in all the traffic was bad getting in or out.
Looking forward to the return of this show next year for Texas Mutiny 2. Maybe Avenged Sevenfold will let other local media in the pit next year.
Some of the People of Texas Mutiny take 1.
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