From EDM to pop-punk to reggae, Pittsburgh’s third annual Thrival Festival brought to the stage something for everyone during their two-day performance lineup this past weekend.
Beginning Friday afternoon, thousands of people funneled into the festival grounds, located behind the historic Carrie Furnaces. People crowded the field, snagging wood-fired pizzas and local brews before catching their favorite artists. Pittsburgh-based pop-rock band Meeting Of Important People kicked off the festival, with artists like Daya and CHVRCHES following. The crowd truly came together for the final act of the evening, the Chainsmokers; the crowd went wild, glowsticks alight, as the duo of DJs played an absolutely wild 90-minute-long set.
Saturday’s festivities began early, with an entirely different crowd arriving at the venue for the second day of music. While the first night catered to a younger crowd clad in glitter paint and blue lipstick, Saturday opened its doors to a calmer group who found themselves sitting in the grass listening to the performances, or hula-hooping in the back without a care in the world. While many were disappointed Ty Dolla $ign unfortunately cancelled his show, everyone was more than excited to listen to other artists on the bill like Hudson Mohawke, Metric, and Thievery Corporation.
In a city as unique as Pittsburgh, PA, no one expects any festival to be ordinary—and Thrival was certainly far from that. Between the gorgeous venue, the home-brewed beers, and the off-the-wall music lineup, the weekend was certainly one for the books. We can’t wait for next year, but until then, check out some images from our favorite performances below.