Weekend 1 went out with a bang. After a pretty good first day and a solid second, fans at the Empire Polo Grounds were treated to an absolutely ridiculous Sunday. Here’s a recap:
The Sahara Tent
was insane in 2013. It was at least 3 times bigger than the other tents, and may have even dwarfed the Main Stage. And while this meant that the light shows were incredible, it also had some serious drawbacks. Not once during the festival did the sound truly fill the space; gone was the bass-in-your-face feel of years previous. Furthermore, many of the acts just didn’t belong on a stage of that size. They were dwarfed by the setup. However, this was not the case with Dirtyphonics
. The French quartet has been one of our favorite EDM acts for years now, and they delivered an incredible set, easily one of the best of the weekend. Flawless transitions and the signature Dirty synths took the crowd on a journey through drum and bass, trap (‘Mercy’ mashed up with their ‘Warp 1.9’ remix, incredible), and hard electro. These guys know how to party harder than Dada Life, and they owned the stage. A giant moshpit was open for pretty much the whole set, and when Dirtyphonics dropped ‘Walk in the Fire’ to close the set off, the pit measured over 40 feet in diameter.
released the final lineup for this year’s Spring Awakening. Last year, Moby
blew away the entire football field with a ridiculously heavy, electro DJ set and apparently it was good enough that he’s been invited back to headline alongside Bassnectar
and Calvin Harris
. We never thought in a million years that seeing Moby would get us this pumped up, but he was already one of our must-see performances at Coachella this year, and now I’ll get to see him in a headlining role at the stadium home to the Chicago Bears! VERY EXCITE!!!!! Some other notable additions are AN21 & Max Vangeli , a live set from Crystal Method, and a DJ set from Nero.