Day one of the Fifth annual Shaky Knees fest, kicked off in downtown Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park on Friday. The threat of storms didn't scare away the crowds that came, ready to see headliners Cage the Elephant, Pixies, and LCD Soundsystem.
Kicking off the festivities, from across the Atlantic, was UK's own Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes. This band came out swinging, and did not allow the audience to use the opening time slot as an excuse not to party. With infectious energy, and straight forward rock, Frank and Co. took control, and put on a highlight performance that will earn them higher billing at festivals to come.
Following Frank Carter, we saw The London Souls put on a two man rock clinic. With a sound (and look) that is reminiscent of early Lenny Kravitz, the Souls showed the early crowd just how much noise a two-piece rock band can make. It was a great introduction to a band that I'm personally disappointed I hadn't already hear before.
Another set that caught us by surprised, was the performance by Rainbow Kitten Surprise. It seemed to be this particular set that we saw the crowd wake up a bit, singing along almost the entire show.
Highly Suspect brought their own special brand of rock to the Piedmont Stage. The two time Grammy nominated trio, Opened with their hit Lydia, and never looked back. Tash Neal, frontman from The London Souls, joined the band in a jammy version of Wolf. Moments like this are what makes festivals special.
Cage the Elephant, always a festival favorite, kicked things into overdrive. Frontman, Matthew Schultz, used his Jagger-esque dance moves, and catchy vocals, to work the crowd into a frenzy.
We quickly shifted stages for chance to catch a bit of Pixies on the Piedmont stage. The rock icons played songs from throughout their extensive catalog. Their haunting tunes, coupled with the moody light show, was a fitting transition into the dance extravaganza that soon come from LCD Soundsystem.
Headlining the Peachtree stage, and day one of Shaky Knees, was LCD Soundsytem. The band turned Centennial Olympic Park into Georgia's largest outdoor disco. The vibes were a perfect ending to the beginning of another great Shaky weekend.
Day Two kicks off with bands like Public Access TV, Anderson East, Shovels and Rope, The XX, and more! Check back for more Shaky coverage, and add us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for more photos.