The Mempho Fest inaugural was a success!
October 6, 2017
The inaugural year of Mempho Music Festival gathered a variety of genres, uniting different tribes in a single place. From the Grammy award-winning rock band Cage the Elephant, to the alternative British singer Bishop Briggs, it was all about diversity and having fun. Shelby Farms Park provided an intimate atmosphere that brought a diverse group of people together.
The Kentucky boys of Dan Luke and The Raid shined together with the beautiful sunset, bringing hits like “Black Cat Heavy Metal” and their latest single “Golden Age,”. Frontman Daniel Shultz confirmed once again that talent runs in the Shultz’s DNA.
British singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs energized the crowd with her incredible voice. The audience moved with every beat, and when she closed her set with “River,” Briggs was overwhelmed by the crowd’s warm response.
Cold War Kids warmed up the stage for the headliner, starting with the hit “All This Could be Yours.“ Nathan Willet invited Bishop Briggs, for a few songs, including a cover of “Love on the Brain,” the duo was a success. When introducing the song “Mexican Dogs” Willett talked about how important it is to love people next to us, addressing issues such as racism and inequality. With intensity and energy during the whole performance, Cold War Kids made Memphis dance like never before.
The festivals sweethearts, Cage the Elephant, proved again why they are the best headliners ever. Their show embodies all the emotions you can possibly feel. From the exciting “In One Ear” to the melancholic “Trouble,” the crowd screamed every single line with frontman, Matt Shultz. He also got rid of his clothes to show to the audience that being on a stage does not make him better–we are all one and the same. Even after watching their set for so many years, I am always surprised at their shows. The energy is contagious and it will always be this way. My favorite show of the night, and a beautiful way to close day one of a memorable festival.