Indie Rock Heartfelt Performances alongside Surprise Guest at Just Like Heaven Festival

Published May 19, 2024

The Just Like Heaven festival in Pasadena was a celebration of indie rock nostalgia, as fans gathered at Brookside at the Rose Bowl to enjoy a lineup filled with popular acts from the late '90s to the '00s. Among the acts, Ben Gibbard stood out as he expressed his gratitude towards the audience for embracing the Postal Service's 'Give Up'. Despite the band's modest expectations for their 2003 album, they were overwhelmed by its lasting success.

Reviving the Classics

With a day packed with performances, bands such as Phoenix, The War on Drugs, Tegan and Sara, and Phantogram, gave fans plenty to cheer about. However, it was the unique shows by Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service celebrating their 2003 albums that really hit a nostalgic note. Death Cab for Cutie took the stage in the evening, playing tracks from their album 'Transatlanticism', while Postal Service headlined with 'Give Up', sharing their electronic-inflected indie tunes that had long won over fans.

Surprise Collaborations and Highlights

Adding to the excitement, Phoenix energized the audience with their danceable tracks and even surprised attendees with a guest appearance by Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. The festival also shone a spotlight on women in indie rock, showcasing the powerful presences of Beth Ditto, Molly Rankin, Emily Haines, Sarah Barthel, and Alexis Krauss, along with the magnetic duo Tegan and Sara.

A Family Affair

A noticeable difference at Just Like Heaven compared to other festivals was the presence of children. The crowd was sprinkled with babies and youngsters, reflecting the life stage of the festival's demographic; fans who grew up with these bands are now parents themselves, and didn't hesitate to bring their little ones along for the ride. In a blend of music appreciation and family-friendly atmosphere, Just Like Heaven proved to be an event where fervent fans could pass down their passion for indie rock to the next generation.

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