August 11, 2019 marked the annual iMatter Festival held in hopes to spread meaning and purpose to generations at the Chemung County Fairgrounds in Horseheads, NY. Compared to last years lineup, this year featured more heavier bands like Left Behind, Harms Way, and fan-favorites in Wage War.
Headlining this year's festival was Beartooth, a beloved rock band headed by Caleb Shomo. Close Quarters kicked off the festival just after 11 a.m. followed by hometown favorites in Desolate. Fans were lined up at the gate all throughout the day proving that this was one of the biggest years for the festival. With other performances from If I Were You, Traitors, Norma Jean, Feverwar, Sigil, and Fit For A King, there is no doubt in my mind that this year’s iMatter festival lineup was one of the best ones yet.
Though the festival grounds were set up differently than last year, it shows growth and hope for a bigger and better festival in the future. Stage two, with performances throughout the day from Shame Spiral, Saving Vice, Born A New, and I See Stars, was sponsored by Born Dead clothing. iMatter also partnered with Sound Rink, SJC drums, and gave Davey Muise, lead singer for Trove, the honor as festival host.
The Anchor, who performed earlier in the day on the second stage, was one of my favorite performances of the day. This female-fronted, metalcore band from Colorado put all of their energy out on the stage. Along with The Anchor, who is currently on a United States and Canada tour (view dates here), Kaonashi and The Last Ten Seconds of Life kicked off a tour with iMatter. Be sure to check out their tour dates here!
With all of these changes, I can’t wait to see what next year has to bring.
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All photographs by Karalyn Hope