There’s a new festival making its way across the US with a stop in Toronto at Budweiser Stage area July 3. And, it’s capturing a genre we haven’t had many festivals for. The Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT Festival will feature unique line-ups in each city, with performances from varying artists including The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, The Story So Far, Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Andy Black, Four Year Strong, Memphis May Fire, Trophy Eyes, Meg & Dia, Juliet Simms and Hyro The Hero. Line up changes from city to city and details can be found via rockstardisrupt.com. Trophy Eyes @trophyeyesmusic will be in performing in Toronto and bassist Jeremy Winchester @jezzawinnie is looking forward to the fans.
@thesceneinto: What was the draw to join this festival in year one?
@jezzawinnie: Besides warped tour, we haven’t played any other festivals in the States. So, when the opportunity to play a fresh and new festival came up, we couldn’t resist the offer.
We also love touring America, we always jump at the chance to see more of this beautiful country.
@thesceneinto: What makes this festival standout?
@jezzawinnie: I think the fact that it’s a smaller festival gives it more of a person interaction between the bands and fans. Usually with festivals there’s like 6 stages and 100 bands playing, it’s quite hard to fit in everyone you wanna see in just one day. Hopefully fans will be able to get the most out of their day and avoid any clashes.
@thesceneinto: Have you previously performed with any of the other bands before? Any bands you’re excited about performing alongside with?
@jezzawinnie: Trophy Eyes is the first band I’ve performed in but I know that Pokket and Kevin had a band before this. It was more of a high school band, nothing really came from it. When they broke up they decided to form a new band and that’s how Trophy Eyes was birthed.
I’m really excited to see Sum 41 everyday. They were a pretty big band for me during my high school years, so to get to share the stage with them is kind of like a dream come true.
@thesceneinto: You’ve toured a lot and given the chance, what’s the one thing you wished someone had told you while starting out? Any life lessons from the road?
@jezzawinnie: I wish someone had told me how hard being a band can get. The long hours, being away from home, and just how mentally exhausting it all is. It isn’t just all Sex, drugs and rock n roll haha. I guess you have to go through all the hardships to realise it’s all worth it in the end.
The 25-city rock roadshow of the summer will kick off June 21 in Dallas, TX at the Dos Equis Pavilion and make stops in Austin, Atlanta, Toronto July 3, Denver and more, before wrapping July 28th in Albuquerque, NM at the Isleta Amphitheater.
The full day festival will take place across two incredible stages, allowing fans to experience all of their must-see artists in one rock-filled day. Fans who bring any empty 16 ounce can of Rockstar Energy Drink to recycle at the main gate will have the opportunity to skip the line and be entered to win a signed festival guitar and exclusive meet & greet with festival headliners.
Tickets for DISRUPT are on sale at rockstardisrupt.com