The flow of fans filled the venue early, with a near full house by the time Frank Turner took the stage. The English rocker was accompanied by his backing band, The Sleeping Souls, and the five men triumphantly entertained the audience for nearly an hour.
“Because there’s no such thing as rockstars, just people who play music,” Turner belted out in the banger “Try This at Home.” A lyric which felt ironic, with the group wearing white button up shirts, suspenders and newsboy caps, they sure looked like a seasoned group of punk rock stars. Crowd favorite “Recovery” earned a hefty reaction from the sea of old and young fans, making it hard to tell if the mass of people had actually showed for Turner. “Long Live the Queen” went flowing through the waves of the Red Rocks air as a perfect sliver of the moon crept over the East boulder, shining light onto the dark fans.
Not more than a swig of Jameson later, the main attraction had the horde of fans back on their feet. “(No More) Paddy’s Lament” and “The Worst Day Since Yesterday” being of the first songs of the show, an early ruckus could be sensed for the night. However, the band joked that Red Rocks lacks in space for moshing.