Young the Giant @ FivePoint Amphitheatre – 10/05/2017
Young the Giant played with Gwen Stefani in October 2016 at the last show at The Irvine Meadows Amphitheater before it was torn down so it was only fitting that Young the Giant played the first show at the brand new FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine on Thursday night October 5. Originally from Irvine, the band ended their Home of the Strange tour with openers Cold War Kids and Sir Sly with a hometown party at this brand new venue.
Just prior to the start of the music Irvine Mayor Don Wagner and Live Nation president Bret Gallagher along with FivePoint CEO Emile Haddad took the stage to say a few words and most importantly stated that “Live music is going to stay in Irvine.” Even though the 12,000 capacity FivePoint Amphitheater is a temporary venue until a full size venue can be constructed, music fans in Irvine are excited that live music is back for the foreseeable future.
Los Angeles based Sir Sly and Long Beach’s Cold War Kids (making this a truly Southern California homecoming for all bands) took the stage prior to Young the Giant and entertained the thousands of fans in attendance. There certainly was a special vibe in the air leading up to Young the Giant taking the stage.
At about 9:20pm Young the Giant took the stage and began a set that was not only electrifying but brought a sense of unity to all those in attendance after the loss of Irvine Meadows and due to the Las Vegas tragedy which obviously took place at an outdoor concert. The band opened the show with “Amerika” as frontman Sameer Gadhia immediately commanded the crowd and every fan was singing along proudly and loudly. In between songs Gadhia stated “It’s an honor that we’re here opening the FivePoint Amphitheatre, you are all part of that history.”
The band with an incredible lighting setup onstage ripped through other hits such as “It’s About Time,” “Mind Over Matter” and “Cough Syrup”. Gadhia worked the crowd throughout the show with his exotic dance moves as the remainder of the band handled the music perfectly.
There was no better way to end a tour and open a new venue on the same night! The Irvine crowd embraced the new venue and certainly enjoyed their home town heroes, Young the Giant.
Young the Giant Photo Gallery
Cold War Kids Photo Gallery
Sir Sly Photo Gallery