Over 10,000 fans packed the athletic field at Cal Poly Pomona on Oct. 14 and 15 for the sixth annual “Bamboozle Left Festival,” which made its first stop ever to Los Angeles.
The event featured well over 80 bands playing on five different stages which included stages sponsored by MTV 2 and Epitaph Records.
Bands such as Dashboard Confessional, Sugarcult, Cobra Starship and Jack’s Mannequin headlined the first night of the festival. Brand New, Thrice, Yellowcard and 30 Seconds to Mars were in charge of rockin’ the second night. “Bamboozle” was originally “The Skate and Surf Festival” which offered fans a chance to listen to new bands in an outdoor atmosphere.
The crowd answered to the call of Gym Class Heroes when they encouraged everyone to put their “love guns in the air and shoot sexy out of them.”
“If any of you see Justin Timberlake, tell them Gym Class Heroes said sexy has already been brought on,” said lead singer Travis McCoy, who made it clear that his band was all about “being sexy.”
The big surprise of “Bamboozle” came courtesy of Something Corporate who reunited to play a set of old fan favorites while Yellowcard performed a whopping two hour long set that included hits like “Way Away” and “Lights and Sound.”
Jared Leto, 30 Seconds to Mars front man, pulled out all the stops with a set that included five songs and a spurt of the moment stage dive.
With tickets being sold for $33. 33 a pop or $60 for a two day pass, “Bamboozle Left” managed to leave a mark in L.A., proving that rockin’ festivals do not just happen during the summer.