35 Denton Wraps With A Bang.
It wasn't supposed to end this way — not without The Jesus and Mary Chain capping things off. But, alas, here we are. The four-day, walkable, Denton-hosted music festival known as 35 Denton is over.
Well, sort of.
The Jesus and Mary Chain will now play on Wednesday night, which kind of extends the whole thing a bit. But, for all intents and purposes, this sucker is over. Shame, too, 'cause we kind of loved every second of it, minus maybe some of those rain-soaked bits on Saturday.
Sunday was especially a good time. The collaborative efforts of Grandaddy's Jason Lytle and Denton's own Midlake, who together stepped up to fill the void left by The Jesus and Mary Chain, thrilled early on in the course of the evening as the band played a strong Grandaddy set.
The crowd ate that shit up completely — and the roar heard at the set's end was as strong as any we'd heard all weekend.
“This is why we love Denton!” Midlake guitarist Eric Pulido shouted out over the P.A. after the band wrapped its set and after he'd taken out his camera to snap a few pictures of the delighted crowd.
That same joy would persist throughout the day, giving Sunday an incredibly friendly vibe. The Raincoats benefited from that friendliness, too; after the '70s punk rockers started their set shakily by tripping over wires, bumping into mics and telling rambling stories with no point, they eventually got comfortable up on the stage, egged on by the crowd's enthusiasm. By the time they got to their cover of Ray Davies' “Lola,” all pistons were firing properly.
Down the street and across a parking lot, the ladies of Dum Dum Girls managed to keep their set light and fun despite looking quite dark and Gothic themselves. The energy level only soared shortly thereafter as Thee Oh Sees thrashed about the second main stage and set the table nicely for Built to Spill's closing offering, which featured an all-request set-list compiled by frontman Doug Martsch before his set began from suggestions shouted out by the fans in front row by the stage.
As the evening turned into night, the festival truly felt like it was starting to wind down. With school and work looming, the crowds on Sunday night were the smallest yet seen all weekend long. But no matter. By that point, the festival had made its mark.
Even with the unfortunate rescheduling of The Jesus and Mary Chain's set, this was still the best 35 Denton festival to date.