Thrival Festival returned to Pittsburgh this past weekend, and as always, it was quite the event. Continuing to highlight Pittsburgh’s roots in the steel industry with their venue choices, Thrival was held at Homestead’s Carrie Furnace, a site made up of the remains of the former Homestead Steel Works.
The concert lineup for this year’s Thrival was diverse from local bands like Donora to nationally touring artists like Daya to massively popular DJs like The Chainsmokers! Attendees also got to experience several impressive art installations, local food trucks offering tasty treats, delicious beverages from local breweries and wineries, and other vendors.
Check out my recap as well as other members of the ShowClix team highlighting our favorite moments from the event!
David Kennedy – Customer Care Representative
My friend and I arrived later in the evening on Friday, but we still made it in time to see Chvrches and The Chainsmokers. The turnout for these two headliners was staggering. From the minute I arrived to the minute the show ended, the crowd was on their feet singing to their favorite songs like “Closer” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” I also want to give a shout out to whoever is in charge of lighting for Thrival. The multi-colored spotlights that projected “Thrival” and other sponsor logos against the remains of a 100+ year old blast furnace was an amazing sight!
Matt Donnelly – Director of Client Services
My wife and I attended Thrival with our two friends from Cincinnati – I was very proud to show them something so awesome happening in Pittsburgh. The juxtaposition of the high tech music + lights in front of the old industrial backdrop made for a truly unique festival experience. My friend made a point to mention that he had been to both Made in America and Red Rocks in the past month and Thrival gave both a run for their money!
Tara Friel – Event Operations Coordinator
My friends and I went to Thrival specifically to see Metric, one of our favorite bands of all time. As always Metric was fantastic, with my favorite song being “Help I’m Alive.” Some of us took part in the VIP experience, where we got to sit back and relax as we enjoyed local brewery favorites from East End and Voodoo. The best part though was seeing the iconic Carrie Furnace up in lights with my favorite band rocking out on center stage! All in all, this was an awesome event and I can’t wait until next year!