New Found Glory Host BreakFEST For Second Year In A Row

Article + photos by Nick Zimmer


We were able to cover BreakFEST for the second year in a row on Sunday June 2nd at The Factory at Franklin in Tennessee. This aptly named breakfast themed music festival is put on by New Found Glory, and after the success of the inaugural year, we were looking forward to what round two would bring!

It’s not every day that you’re out of bed and at a show at 9 in the morning, but BreakFEST kicked off nice and early with Doll Skin.

Their vibrant brand of rock and roll woke up the crowd as people meandered throughout the venue, sipping coffee and eating donuts.

Local act H.A.R.D. (Have A Rad Day) took to the stage next and kept the party going.

Led by vocalist / guitarist Thomas Sweat, the band ripped through their 20 minute set with ease and showed the crowd why Nashville DIY is killing it right now.

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By the time that they took the stage, the crowd was singing and dancing — it was hard to believe that it was only 10 in the morning!

Atlanta’s own Microwave, Mae, and Love You Later rounded out the middle of the lineup. While all uniquely different, they captured the crowds attention and filled the venue with a fun, celebratory energy.

Microwave’s heavy riffs had fans headbanging along to their special blend of heavy indie rock.

Mae have been making music for over a decade, and brought the same high level of energy to this festival that long time fans are familiar with.

Love You Later took the stage while wearing pajamas, fully embracing the breakfast aspect of the festival. Accompanied by a glittering disco ball, Love You Later clearly knows how to have fun on stage!

It’s odd seeing Ace Enders of The Early November without a guitar, but it didn’t hinder the performance at all. In fact, it was the opposite!

Ace showed that he’s a lively singer - he spent the majority of their set moving around the stage — he had the crowd engaged and singing along with every word.


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We caught Hawthorne Heights not too long ago at The Cowan and were pleasantly surprised that the band has not slowed down over the years.

They ripped through all of their classic hits, and the crowd was so into the set that you could hardly hear JT Woodruff’s vocals during “Ohio is For Lovers.”

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve seen Real Friends play outside of Warped Tour. It was great seeing the band return to a smaller stage and being closer to their fans.

Dan Lambton had the crowd hooked instantly, and by this point of the day there were definitely no more sleepy eyes.

This festival wouldn’t be possible without New Found Glory! The band came out and instantly launched into their cover of “Eye of the Tiger,” followed by an hour long set of bangers from throughout their career.

Vocalist Jordan Putnik made a mid set wardrobe change to become Elsa for the band’s version of “Let it Go” which was a fun way to close out the eventful day!

We cant wait to see what Chad Gilbert and New Found Glory have in store for BreakFEST year 3, as this is becoming one of our favorite local festivals of the year. Shout out to the Factory at Frankin for hosting the show and all of the rad sponsors who were slinging coffee and food all day!

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