The ever-popular Self Help Festival returned for the third straight year to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA. Returning Self Help Fest alumni the Wonder Years, the Story So Far and letlive. played along a reuniting Underoath as well as festival creators A Day To Remember and more.
The indoor stage had more to offer than just a place to keep out of the sun. It had up-and-coming bands performing like Night Verses and Cruel Hand. Tonight Alive also played to their adoring fans indoors. It also housed Further Seems Forever who was nearing the end of a tour celebrating their 2003 album, How To Start A Fire. letlive. had arguably the best performance of the entire festival, ending their 50-minute set with their friends, family and fans all onstage with them.
The main stage started out with Japanese rockstars ONE OK ROCK, who had fans who slept at the entrance gates overnight just to get a spot at the front of the stage for them. Up next were bands on the verge of being the next breakout band, Thy Art Is Murder, Crown The Empire and Issues. The next artist, Yelawolf, had Travis Barker assisting his set on a drumkit.
August Burns Red was next and had Jeremy from A Day To Remember come out to sing with them. The crowds started to pile up while the Story So Far was playing, waiting for the next three bands on the schedule. The Wonder Years had their set full of new songs from their latest album, No Closer To Heaven. They also had special guest Jason Butler of letlive. sing “Stained Glass Ceilings” with them.
Underoath was playing their first SoCal date in quite some time, so their set was highly anticipated. Luckily their fans who couldn’t make it were able to watch their set on the official Self Help Fest app. They also announced a later SoCal date for the fans that couldn’t be there in attendance.
The headliners literally came out with a bang: A Day To Remember’s 90-minute set included pyrotechnics, beach balls and toilet paper. The band of course, played their newest song “Paranoia,” which was recently released through various forms of online streaming. The band ended the show with “A Plot To Bomb The Panhandle,” which included a fireworks display, putting a delightful finishing touch to their set and to the festival.