I always knew that baseball and beer went well together, but who knew that adding bands to the mix would work so well? That’s what new Tempe-based music festival Innings Fest 2018 (from LiveNation and C3 Presents) did this past weekend, averaging over 11,000 attendees per day, according to AZCentral.com.
With people traveling from all over the country to spring training, why not give them something a little different to attend while also giving it the baseball theme? Headlining the inaugural festival this year were Chris Stapleton, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Avett Brothers.
Elsewhere on the bill was a wide variety of acts spanning a multitude of genres, such as ’90s favorites Counting Crows and hometown heroes Gin Blossoms, indie folk favorites The Head and The Heart as well as Lord Huron and The Decemberists, as well as alt-radio hit-makers like Cold War Kids and Bishop Briggs. Sylvan Esso, Local Natives, Young the Giant, and Eagles of Death Metal were just a handful of other bands that fans were able to check out.
But the festival really played up the baseball angle without oversaturating the grounds with it. The three stages were named Home Plate, Left Field, and Right Field (with the two ends of the park being quite a long hike that is bigger than any baseball field). Former Cy Young Award-winning major league pitcher Jake Peavy hosted some sort of pitching activation at one point. There was even a batting cage and home run derby.