Photo by Elize Strydom


The final day of the festival led up to big acts like Cold War Kids, Kid Cudi and Foo Fighters, but not before the weather gods had their way with the Windy City. Sunday crowds were soaked to the bone when the heavens opened up with a seemingly endless downpour, but just before the sky unleashed the rain, Australian import Boy And Bear took to the smaller BMI stage situated at the ended of a shady, tree-lined mall. By the time Dave Hosking and crew began the set, the mall was packed with folks anticipating the soul-shattering harmonies and indie-folk tunes, and a few fans even brought along Australian flags to show support for the Sydney-based band. The idyllic, wooded setting couldn’t have been a more perfect complement to Boy And Bear’s music, and just as its final song, “Feeding Line,” came to a close, the crowd’s uproarious applause coincided with a the sudden barrage of raindrops.


While the storm certainly dampened the crowds and sent a few folks packing, the festival closed in full force, with determined fans donning ponchos and preparing themselves to stay strong through the temperamental summer tempest.