The Wiltern is one of Los Angeles’s most historic music venues. Anyone who is anyone has made The Wiltern’s walls shake in downtown LA. On Sunday November 29th, the Wiltern was rocked by Red Bull sound select artists Novosti, Son Little and headliner Foals. Anyone lucky enough to have general admission floor tickets was offered the opportunity to fill in the pit for free, while waiters walked around taking drink orders throughout the entire show.
Nine o’clock rolled around and Novosti takes the stage. The Portland, Oregon band with the Slavic name is led by a powerful lead singer, backed by high impact instrumental accompaniment. Playing songs from their album Love & Lashes, the three-piece band brought the best elements of alternative indie rock music. Next to take the stage was Aaron Livingston, also known as Son Little. The LA born, Philadelphia raised singer rocked the Wiltern with smooth R&B and reggae-esque music from his album Things I Forgot (released 2014) and new self-titled album released in 2015 on Anti- records.
The audience’s energy hit an all new high as the realization that Foals was about to perform. Everyone went crazy as, one by one, the members took the stage under the sign of two neon bulls clashing heads over a record. As if in perfect unison, the entire audience started jumping along to the powerful vocals of Yannis Philippakis. The band, which hail from Oxford, England, gave a large shout out to Los Angeles and Redbull, thanking both for being the first stop on the U.S. leg of their tour. Foals gave the crowd exactly what they asked for, playing their smash hits “My Number”, from 2013’s Holy Fire and “Mountain At My Gates”, from 2015’s What Went Down and sometimes literally gave them what they wanted when Yannis dove into the audience and crowd-surfed more than once. During the encore that the audience loudly chanted for, Yannis once again dove into the crowd while the band played “Two Steps, Twice”, from their 2008 debut album Antidotes. He took the long way around, running through the entire venue and even up into the balcony, proving that more than anything, the band loves their fans and the fans love them right back. It is unlikely that the walls of the Wiltern will soon forget the stellar performances by all three amazing acts.
words: Rula Eskaf
photos: Red Bull content pool