The first Rifflandia music festival in four years went out in style Sunday (Sept. 18) night as Kiwi superstar Lorde serenaded the crowd of thousands packed into Royal Athletic Park.
The 25-year-old emerged onto the stage with her backing band lined up on a revolving staircase designed to look as if it led straight into the sun. It was a fitting entrance, as she spent much of her two and a half hour set playing dreamy and upbeat songs from her latest album Solar Power.
Of course, fan favourites from her debut album Pure Heroine such as Royals and Ribs also featured heavily. The crowd could hardly sit still throughout the evening, regularly turning the baseball field into a dust bowl from all of the dancing.
Leading up to the festival’s final act, attendees had no shortage of things to do on the festival grounds. Two stages provided nearly constant entertainment, with Lauv and Vauncouverite BBNO$ among Sunday’s lineup.
Beyond the music, the festival also featured plenty of food and drink booths, a large kids zone, games, and even a pop-up barber shop.
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