Transatlantic (USA, Sweden, UK) - 1st Set
Pool Stage - 5pm
Highlights: Into the Blue, Kaleidoscope

The festival started with a bang. Headliner Transatlantic performed their newest album Kaleidoscope in its entirety. It was not lost on me that the opening track, titled “Into the Blue,” played as we passed out of the sea port and into the vast Atlantic Ocean.

To give a completely honest review, I didn’t feel this to be one of the strongest performance of the festival. Being the first show on that stage meant that there were technical difficulties that hadn’t been worked out yet. Wind was heavy and the sun was in a bad position relative to the stage, blinding us as we watched from the upper deck. I’m also pretty sure that Roine lost his place in the lyrics for “Black as the Sky.”

Aside from those minor details, many of which were outside of the band’s control, Transatlantic played with a lot of energy. At one point Pete broke a bass string but kept on playing. I didn’t even know about it until I saw the photos later on. This was the first time Transatlantic played the entire album live from start to finish. Daniel Gildenlow (Pain of Salvation) is typically a touring member of Transatlantic, but he was not able to make it. More details on that later. For this show, additional instrumentation was provided by Ted Leonard (Spock’s Beard, Enchant). Ted did an exceptional job covering Daniel’s vocal section of “Into the Blue.”

Perhaps my favorite moment of the set was Pete’s vocal midsection through the climax of the 32-minute set closer “Kaleidoscope.”

[Full Setlist: Into the Blue, Shine, Black as the Sky, Beyond the Sun, Kaleidoscope]

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