This time last week, nearly 60,000 people from all walks of life descended on Kingston Downs, Georgia for an unforgettable three day celebration of the positive connections that result from music. If you miss last weekend as much as we do, then relive those nights with our pick of the best performances we witnessed. The flashbacks may not heal those post-Counterpoint blues, but it will surely instill the same great energy that was felt throughout the weekend.
The acid/disco/techno house producer had the Underground stage bumping on Friday night to his addicting music. Shortly following the Pretty Lights set, Boys Noize transitioned the atmosphere into a club dance vibe. The turn up was most definitely real among the crowd as bodies pulsated in (stumbling) unison to the 128 beats per minute. Highlights included the hard hitting “XTC,” the raps of “Go Hard,” and the euphoric melodies of “Starwin.”
As the contest winner for playing a slot at Counterpoint, Atlanta based DJ Midnite Panda performed a set that stood out amongst most sets of the day, if not the entire weekend. Playing a slew of big room and trap music, Panda effectively hyped up the crowd for the start of Counterpoint’s second day. MCs Eddie Gold and Ken Alexander got the crowd loose and wild by making it rain 1000 $1 bills throughout the hour. For a 2PM set, Midnite Panda drew a more hyped response at the Steeple Stage than I saw the rest of the afternoon (looking at you Butch Clancy).
This late afternoon set on Saturday packed nonstop energy and hype thoughout the entire hour. Dropping a gamut of banging Fools Gold Records tracks and a diverse array of sub-genres, A-Trak lost no one’s attention by mixing effortlessly from track to track. Duck Sauce’s “Big Bad Wolf” had everyone howling, with intermittent vinyl scratching receiving the wildest response. Drawing a growing rowdy crowd as the hour went on, A-Trak proved why he’s one of the best mixers and scratch DJs around.
A massive crowd descended on the Steeple Stage Saturday night to get the funk down with GRiZ. Combining his insane mixing skills with ridiculous saxophone talent, GRiZ worked the crowd into a groovy frenzy that didn’t slow down for one second. Dropping an array of tracks from his “Mad Liberation” and “Rebel Era” album, GRiZ also dropped some surprise throwback tunes such as Parliament’s “Give Up The Funk” and the celebratory “Shout.” Possibly the most fun set of the weekend, GRiZ proved that he’s one of the best acts to watch in electronic music.
Above & Beyond
If you’ve yet to experience an Above & Beyond live show, then you’re missing out on one of the most uplifting crowd experiences ever. Tony and Jono took the stage at 12:30AM Saturday to provide some group therapy to Counterpoint. At the start of the performance, people sat down on the grass in unison holding hands and expanding their minds for the euphoric experience ahead. What took place throughout the hour was a truly special connection between the artists, crowd, and music. Their newest single, “Sticky Fingers,” brought tears of joy to the eyes of thousands, and the backdrop of the crowd became a sea of outstretched hands and totems. No other musical genre can induce euphoria than trance can, and that was exemplified during that very beautiful hour where everybody was one.
Closing out the weekend at the Steeple Stage was the one and only Flux Pavilion. Having seen Flux a number of times, his Counterpoint set absolutely blew those other shows out of the water. The incredible crowd response combined with Flux’s stellar track picks and mixing created an immense energy in the air as the thousands of ravers went insane for one last time. Special highlights included the melodic “Daydreamer” and closing out the set with “Gold Dust.”
What a weekend. Be sure to check back for more Counterpoint coverage, as we can’t get enough of last week’s insanity. See you at future festivals!
Dance with the beat in your soul,