Upon entering the festival, attendees are greeted by the Boom-Box Art Car hosted by IRL Music, which has been putting out a series of guest mixes by their performers via SoundCloud this week. Masses of people gathered by the entrance as Kids Want Techno set the mood for the day and really got the crowd moving with their groovy beats featuring vibey tracks such as Dropgun’s “Together As One”, Joe Garston’s “Sunset Cruiser”, as well as deeper ones such as their remix of Julius Jetson’s “Richard”, and of course throw backs such as the Two Friends remix of Blink-182’s “I Miss You”.
Meanwhile at Cosmic Meadow, Giraffage delivered one of the most exciting and satisfying performances despite his early set time. At a festival better known for its superstar lineups, Giraffage was an excellent addition and offered some much needed future pop sounds. His afternoon slot didn’t draw the biggest crowd, but those who were there took full advantage of the extra room to dance. His Soundcloud-popular hits like “Money” had great reception, and he kept it weird and fun with clever mixes; I never knew I wanted to hear Miley’s “Party in USA” hook over a trap beat until I did. It’s always great to hear Mura Masa’s “Lotus Eater” played out at a festival too, and it fit the vibe perfectly. I wished his set were longer.
Afterwards, Hannah Wants came on with a bassy techno set. If that “doesn’t sound like your kinda thing,” I feel sorry for you because it was definitely one of the highlights of the festival. Passersby were lured in by her throbbing beats and deep synths, inevitably sticking around for her seamless transitions and fun drops.
Following the Opening Ceremony at Kinetic Field, Dash Berlin proceeded to play a pleasant crowd pleaser set, packed full of vocal heavy tracks for the crowd to sing a lot too. Dash Berlin started his set with his remix of Lost Frequencies’ “Are You With Me”, along with other upbeat tracks such as his remixes of The Chainsmokers’ “New York City”, Zedd’s “Beautiful Now”, and Alan Walker’s “Faded”. His set also featured remixes of classics such as Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams”. All together, Dash Berlin really wowed the crowd with easy to groove to music, making for a great time with his high-energy set.
Meanwhile at Cosmic Meadow, Ephwurd, the duo comprised of Datsik and Bais Haus, laid down a bass heavy set. The duo’s set consisted of top of the line bass house beats that got the crowd going from their own tracks such as “High On You”, “Bring It Back”, and their remix of Kill The Noise & Feed Me’s “I Do Coke”, as well as tracks by their peers such as “Make It Clap” by BURNS.
Up next at Cosmic Meadow was Alison Wonderland, who never fails to impress as she delivered one hell of a set, my personal favorite and arguably one of the best that day. She started off with an intro featuring strings and a hard kick through Slander’s remix of her track “U Don’t Know”, before bumping Yeezy’s “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 2” featuring the infamous Panda beat. Alison dropped a variety of her tracks such the emotional “Run”, the hard-hitting “I Want U”, and the orchestral “Ocean Drive”, as well as tracks such as her remix of Bieber’s “What Do You Mean”. On top of that, Alison proceeded to drop tracks such as TNGHT’s classic “Goooo” and What So Not’s remix of “Innerbloom” and Rustie’s Edit of “Beautiful”. Alison’s set featured a diverse selection of tracks that all seemed to flow so well with one another, making it my (Aric’s) top pick for the night.
Jauz, brought the heat later in the night at Cosmic Meadow, where he blasted the huge crowd with his signature bass-house and some Dubstep. A Jauz set can be hit or miss depending on how dubby he gets, but this time I think he nailed the more mainstream sensibility of the festival by sticking to his upbeat bass house
Closing out the night at Kinetic Field, Kaskade did what he does best, opening with his track “Atmosphere”. Kaskades set consisted of a smooth mix of softer tracks, vocal hits, and deeper beat heavy tracks all of which he moved between seamlessly for a pleasant closing set. Among the softer tracks included his collaborations such as “Move For Me” with deadmau5 and “A Little More” with John Dahlback, and of course one of my all time favorites “Eyes”. He brought the energy with his “Runaway” remix and “Disarm You”. The deeper side of the set featured tracks such as Hook N Sling’s remix of “Genghis Khan” and his new collaboration with Felix Cartel, “Fakin It”, Max Vangeli’s “Blow This Club”, and “Never Sleep Alone”. He kept the crowding going for an hour and a half before ultimately closing out the night with the feel good “Don’t Stop”.