One of the most consistent things about the bookings on the Blue Stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest is that you get to see a lot of great artists before they break into the mainstream. In previous years, acts like Icona Pop, Big Freedia and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have played to big crowds well at the festival in advance of the outside world getting in on the fun. I predict that New York electro-pop duo ASTR will be one of those artists that we’ll be saying “I saw them play at Fun Fun Fun Fest ages ago.”
As they kicked off their early set, they had the unenviable task of trying to make the crowd dance in broad daylight. It’s not easy to command a crowd at 1 in the afternoon, but vocalist Zoe Silverman gave it her all. “It’s early, but we can move,” she cried out before busting out her best moves in an eighties-inspired crop top emblazoned with the word “NOTHING” in bold red letters.
Even after starting a few minutes late and admitting they were having some issues because they had gear stolen from them on Friday night, they effortlessly blew through tracks from their “Varsity” EP, including “Blue Hawaii”, which joyously incorporates the chorus from Black Box’s 1990 house hit “Everybody Everybody.”
By the time they closed the set a cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” followed by their single “Operate,” the crowd had grown considerably and folks down in front were dancing like nobody was watching. You can’t ask for much more than that before the clock even strikes 2 in the afternoon.