We rose again for Day 2 the next morning. Our hangovers were in full effect and our sunburns were even worse, but we were ready to lather on that sunscreen and get back out on the beach. Day two was a much longer day, we arrived at the festival just after 1PM and had a full day ahead of us. We grab a cold water and an even colder 312 and started the day at the Wave Stage (main stage).
The Wave Stage was a huge production. Though it wasn’t said, this was the clearly the main stage, with the biggest production and bigger acts. Flanking both sides of the stage were two huge fabricated waves painted blue and the top of the wave changed color to the beat of the music. The led walls that lit up behind the artists were curved to also mimic a wave, something I have never seen before, and to be honest, it looked pretty fresh. The sound was the best part of the Wave Stage. Most of the time we were dancing near the sound stage and we could hear everything loud and clear. The sound was crisp and the bass was absolutely massive.
Clarian had an early set time, so there were not many people dancing in the warm sand during his set; though I feel bad for anyone who missed it. Armed with a mixer, synth, and microphone, Clarian was truly a one-man band on stage. Mixing the baseline beats into one another, Clairan would play off-beat synth stabs that complimented the underlying 4/4 sound perfectly. As he was doing this, he also showcased his rather good voice over the top with some eerie echoes, delays, and other effects. Clearly having an absolute blast on stage while he played, the Canadian-born Clarian laughed and joked with the crowd the entire set. Definitely one of the more creative acts I saw this weekend, Clarian was a sleeper and will sure to be moving up the bill as years go on.
Appolonia is a relatively new collaboration between Frenchmen Dyed Soundorom, Dan Ghenacia, and Shonky. Given one of the longer sets of the weekend (three hours), the trio had a chance to really experiment with their sound as they went. With great chemistry, one of the members would see the opportunity to play the “perfect track” and ask for the headphones from whoever was on the decks, making for a great mix of styles and influences.
One-half of Visionquest, Ryan Crosson and Shaun Reeves, played a tremendous back-to-back set with each other. With a less tech house and more of a techno sound than Apollonia, they served as a great contrast, bringing the listeners on a journey as only Visionquest can. Obviously very good friends, the laughs and smiles from the two were infectious with the crowd.
Lee Curtiss has been described by the Visionquest collective as the most musical member of their family. With what appeared to be an APC, Curtiss dove into the underground, adding in elements from all of his most popular productions. What was really interesting about this approach, is that he could tease the audience with snippets from different songs throughout, reading the crowd and catering to its needs the whole time. Being cited by many as their favorite set of the weekend, Curtiss really smashed it (even though there was some technical difficulties during the beginning of his performance).
As expected, Guti blew the roof off of The Cube stage. The rolling, droning basslines that he played stirred up great reactions from the crowd, as he had one of the more melodic sets that I saw. With calm and collected demeanor, he would hold the bass, waiting for the perfect time to drop it on the unsuspecting crowd.
Up next to close out the main stage was none other than Fatboy Slim. The man that has certainly been making dance music for a long time still trumps a lot of live performers. He came on stage where that classic Hawaiian shirt and with a giant smile on his face he started his set. Playing out his new track, “Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.” along with classics like, “Right Here, Right Now” and “Praise You”. Fatboy Slim moved the massive crowd effortlessly under a sky filled with fireworks.
Seth Troxler is simply a can’t-miss set every time he plays and proves time and time again why he’s deserving of Resident Advisor’s #1 DJ spot. Due to his massive collection of vinyls and music in general, you can truly never know what to expect from the light-hearted DJ. Being one of the DJ’s that doesn’t rely on blowing the audience away with every track, Troxler knows how to control a crowd, often sending them on trippy journeys then roping them back into reality with vicious underground tracks. To top off the performance, the Wavefront crew unleashed a barrage of spectacular fireworks that lasted a solid 15 minutes.