DALLAS, TX (April 1, 2017) – With the death of 102.1 The Edge, the name sake for Edgefest, many were fearful that this would be the last year for “edgeheads” to come together to celebrate their love of alternative rock music.  But alas, the 25th anniversary of the festival proved to be a tremendous success and looks like it will continue annually hosted by 97.1 The Eagle.

This year was slightly more mellow with what seemed to be a bit of an older crowd. Was that due to the weather forecasting rain just before the headliners were to perform or the fact that it was a more of a nostalgic lineup for the 25th anniversary?  Regardless of the why, it was a great day for most attendees.

The Wrecks, an indie rock band, started the day off followed by Badflower, Misso, Dreamers and Black Pistol Fire who really kicked it up a notch.  Lit came out on fire looking t0 get the crowed pumped and on their feet.  They had most of the stadium bouncing at some point, singing lyrics and starting the crowd surfing for the day.
Goodbye June, The Nixons, who reunited for this event, and Naked and Famous preceded the much anticipated Toadies and Chevelle.  Most of festival
goers on the rail wait in line before gates open to better their chances of securing a spot, front and center on the rail.  Although, the majority of “railheads” were there for Blink-182, Offspring or 311, there were also a surprising amount waiting specifically for Toadies and Chevelle.

The rain held off for most of the day, giving a brief shower later in the evening.  The crowd really started moving
when 311 took the stage for their extended set, but they were saving their best for the Offspring and Blink-182.

Blink-182 ended another year of Edgefest on a high note with all the crowds favorites, knowing we still have next year to come.

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