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Thrival Music Festival repeats success in fifth year

| Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
The crowd at the Thrival Innovation + Music Festival is reflected in the sunglasses of lead singer and guitarist of Cleveland band, Sam Getz during their performance on the main stage at the Carrie Furnaces in Swissvale, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
The crowd at the Thrival Innovation + Music Festival is reflected in the sunglasses of lead singer and guitarist of Cleveland band, Sam Getz during their performance on the main stage at the Carrie Furnaces in Swissvale, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
Two Door Cinema Club performs at Thrival on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
Michael Tallerico | For the Tribune-Review
Two Door Cinema Club performs at Thrival on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

Dark clouds hovering above an abandoned steel mill on Friday only added to Thirval's allure.

For the fifth consecutive year , the Thrival Innovation and Music Festival exceeded expectations, with the Carrie Furnaces in Swissvale firmly establishing itself as a concert venue. This was second year the event was held at the former industrial site.

Last year, it was the Chainsmokers who gave Thrival national visibility. This year, it was Two Door Cinema Club. There was something miraculous about watching the mainstream band rock out in front of the abandoned steel mill. The show had a positive effect on the enthusiastic fans.

“Having this event 15 minutes away from my house is surreal,” said Larry Jankowski of McKeesport.

Jankowski wasn't the only one impressed with the setting.

Notable hip-hop artist Choo Jackson was on hand to catch Thrival 2017.

“I thought the venue was very cool for the fans' enjoyment,” said Jackson.

The music continued Saturday and will culminate with Wiz Khalifa taking the stage tonight.

“I'm looking to Wiz's performance the most” said Jackson.

Wiz, himself, was impressed with Thrival.

“My city is back. I come back every year, and I'm excited to finally play a hometown festival. Thrival is it and I'm pumped to bring Pixburgh my music and have an event to speak about how the Taylor Gang is making moves as entrepreneurs,” said Khalifa.

Taylor Gang is an entertainment company founded by Kahlifa.

Live Nation hosted the event and no problems were reported.

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