16.00 (PT) CYRCUS
According to their likeable frontman, the band had only expected around 50 people in the audience at such an early hour. How wrong they were! The SUMMER BREEZE mob was obviously hot and more than ready to go, and CYRCUS played to a nicely filled tent despite the allegedly unfavorable position as festival openers, being welcomed with open arms after their Pulp Fiction intro. And the boys from North Rhine-Westphalia were obviously intent on using the situation to their advantage, as they seemed to take in the good mood, showing themselves in top form. Especially guitarist Andy moved about quite a lot, delivering perfect shouts at the same time, while singer and eyecatcher Chubby handled the melodic vocals and stage raps in a professional manner. Although at times reminiscent of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, the boys were far from being a mere clone. During the middle section of “Something’s Missing” the band interspersed an 80s metal flashback in the shape of WARLOCK’s “All We Are”, and the audience did their fair share, complete with circle pit and wall of death. A more than solid gig!