Rise Against have been in this game a long time, but today is their most recent peak.
Reflecting the struggles of the world with articulate growls and emotional resonance, they achieve something few bands manage. That beautiful marriage of punk and poetry allows Rise Against the freedom to soar while still giving them a face to face connection. Empowering, vital and sounding absolutely massive, the Ohio band bask in their message, but there’s a simple desire to create community through music too. With frontman Tim McIlrath in a playful mood (“Where are the dancers in the crowd?”) he holds the Main Stage field in the palm of his hand.