Alt 105.3’s annual Bay Area concert, Not So Silent Night, took place on Dec. 8 this year at the SAP Center. The change in venue from years past at Oracle Arena brought the concert closer to LG residents, but it also raised ticket prices. The concert hosted a killer lineup of alternative acts, including multiple returning acts. Unlike holiday concerts from Alt 105.3 in previous years, this year’s Not So Silent Night hosted eight bands rather than six.
Elle King, best known for her chart-topping song Ex’s & Oh’s, opened the concert with her powerful voice. She pumped up the crowd and managed to find time for a positive pep talk as well. Her relatively short set preceded an extremely quick set change, and soon English rock band The Struts took the stage. The Struts, who have performed with iconic rock bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Guns N’ Roses, started their set with their popular song, Kiss This, mesmerizing the audience with their lively, entertaining performance.
Following The Struts was a solo performance from Mike Shinoda, well known from his band Linkin Park. Shinoda alternated between original songs, mash ups, and talks with the audience about life and the late Chester Bennington. Rock band Young the Giant performed next, playing fan favorites such as My Body and Cough Syrup. Young the Giant excited the crowd and received multiple standing ovations.
Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches, pronounced “churches,” marked the halfway point of the concert. The band opened with Get Out, a song from their new album Love is Dead. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry danced around the stage and sang with passion for the entirety of the band’s set.
Next, Bastille impressed the audience with their multitude of popular songs, including fan favorites Pompeii and Good Grief, along with their recent hit collaboration with Marshmello, Happier. Bastille returned to Not So Silent Night after their 2016 performance with a completely new track list, packed full of new releases.
Death Cab for Cutie played next, beginning their set with I Will Possess Your Heart, which featured a four minute intro before the lyrics began. Despite their short set time, Death Cab for Cutie found time to play both old favorites like Soul Meets Body and new songs from their recently released record, Thank You for Today.
Finally, English indie rock band Florence + the Machine mesmerized the audience with sheer talent and booming vocals. The entire crowd stood with anticipation as Florence + the Machine entered the stage. The audience sang along to well known songs and cheered in acknowledgement of the pure talent and emotion that the band exuded.
If you’re interested in alternative music and fun holiday concerts, keep an eye out for the Not So Silent Night 2019 lineup.