The inaugural Frantic City festival took place at Atlantic CIty's recently-opened Orange Loop Amphitheater on Saturday (9/24), courtesy of Todd Abramson (of WFMU and Maxwell's fame) and Asbury Park's HoldFast Records. Very aware of its location, the lineup featured a healthy amount of NJ indie and punk on the lineup. Fred Armisen was the day's MC, with bands alternating between two stages. WFMU was on hand to broadcast the festival in its entirety as it happened, with several artists shouting out the station during their sets, and colorful stickers with the station's call letters on it being passed around to the crowd. Car Seat Headrest was initially tapped as headliner, but withdrew last week due to "ongoing health issues."
The day kicked off at noon with a fiery set from punk trio Control Top, whose intense riffs and passionate vocals could be heard reverberating in the area surrounding the outdoor venue, which was sandwiched between towering casinos and hotels. Vocalist/bassist Ali Carter thanked fans for showing up early for their set, saying, "you guys are the real ones." Shortly afterwards, NJ punk heroes Titus Andronicus took the fest's second stage just a few feet away, as Patrick Stickles and company tore through modern classics from The Monitor, as well as previewing new material from their forthcoming The Will To Live which drops this week.