Phoenix Lights 2019 captivated its abductees with a stellar residence and bass lineup!
Phoenix Lights 2019 returned to The Park at Wildhorse Pass, and it was larger and greater than ever. Relentless Beats celebrated their 5th year of Phoenix Lights by hosting some of electronic music’s largest names like the bass-heavy Excision and legendary Kaskade as effectively as 50+ further artists across 4 stages. It is effortless to see just how a great deal the festival has grown more than the years to grow to be 1 of Arizona’s location festivals for ravers. To say the least, I was excited to get back and encounter every thing that tends to make Phoenix Lights special.
The 1st point I noticed upon getting into the festival was the stage setup.
The Most important Stage, The Mothership, was situated on a massive newly sodded grass location and hosted headliners Kaskade and Excision. The grass almost eliminated all dust concerns from earlier years with the exception of a handful of regions at the back and in in between stages. The production also seemed to be ramped up with tons of lasers and confetti nevertheless, there had been some technical troubles more than the two days.
Throughout Significant Gigantic, Excision, and Kaskade, the sound reduce out for at least 30 seconds. Despite the fact that you could inform the sound was out, every artist in no way skipped a beat and played by way of as if it in no way occurred. Main props to all the artists for getting the awareness, professionalism, and showmanship to hold the set going in the midst of adversity.
The Invasion was a tented stage and hosted the heaver bass music.
Just about every time I walked by this stage, there had been nasty wubs emanating from the tent. Dirt Monkey, Whipped Cream, and Arty all played large sets that I frequently heard people today speaking about all through the evening. It was in no way as well crowded at the Invasion, and I was capable to get a central spot anytime I visited. Regrettably, Cookie Monsta was unable to make his b2b with Medical doctor P due to overall health causes, but Medical doctor P nonetheless threw down an insane set totally equipped with lasers and headbanging. Sending big healing vibes to Cookie Monsta for a speedy recovery!
The Colony was interestingly set up compared to final year. Hosting extra of the residence and techno lineup, The Colony sat on yet another newly sodded grass location and was set up with a 360-degree strategy in thoughts. The setup permitted for the crowd 180 degrees in front of the artist to have a fairly excellent view when other people today preferred the back side. The back was a entertaining and diverse encounter due to the fact you could nonetheless clearly hear the music getting played but had no visual of the artist. This permitted the crowd to genuinely tune into the music rather than focusing on the DJ or obtaining videos on their phones.
I didn’t frequent the Fallout stage a great deal, but it was host to a lot of upcoming regional talent.
The stage was an out-of-commission Mad Max-style jeep with a severe speaker setup, but a greater place would have permitted the production to shine extra. I believe it is a good platform for regional artists to carry out, but they must move the stage from the middle of the venue to a extra isolated place, in my opinion. Anytime I walked by, there had been a handful of people today supporting the artists, but the sound overlap from other stages didn’t make it a desirable location to be. On the other hand, in between the 4 stages, there was extra than sufficient good music to see and dance to.
Saturday’s primary stage was stacked with back to back sets from San Holo, Malaa, GRiZ, and Kaskade.
With every single set I saw at The Mothership, I kept saying to myself, “Wow, this is the most effective set all evening!” San Holo kicked points off, and it was crazy to encounter just how a great deal he has evolved as an artist considering the fact that his debut album, album 1, and the addition of reside guitar into his sets. He seemed so confident and pleased performing on the huge stage with his new reside identity. He would go from mixing on the decks to commanding the stage with his guitar and engaging the crowd. He completed the set with his 4 most well known tracks “Brighter Days,” “Light,” “One Point,” and “We Rise” to a crowd totally tuned into his power.
In the wake of his new album, GRiZ played an completely new set complete of tracks from Ride Waves. It was refreshing to hear him debut new music, and all the tracks translated to higher power reside renditions in between him and Muzzy Bearr. GRiZ would go from spinning funky dubstep beats to playing saxophone then letting Muzzy Bearr fire off a handful of guitar chords. They are each masters of their instruments and carry out with clear chemistry. Every person was obtaining down when he dropped “My Mates And I Pt. 2” and the really feel excellent tunes “It Gets Better” and “I’m Great.”
Following a stacked lineup, I was genuinely interested to see what sort of set Kaskade would place with each other.
Kaskade had huge footwear to fill immediately after the earlier astounding sets, but with an artist of his caliber, I knew he had a thing specific in shop. Admittedly, I was genuinely hoping he would play a set with extra feels than higher power, but he gave us the most effective of each worlds. He began the set with his upbeat tracks “Us” and “Fun” ahead of obtaining into the segment I was oozing for. He gave the crowd a almost complete Automatic and Atmosphere encounter mixing in iconic tracks like “Disarm You,” “Last Likelihood,” and “We Do not Quit.” Kaskade will constantly hold a specific location in my heart, and his set was greater than I could have ever imagined.
In in between the music and close friends, I had to make time to see all the astounding art displayed.
There had been some astounding spray paint pieces, but 1 of my favourite installations was discovered in the Hospitality Lounge. When you entered the lounge there was a bar and some restrooms, but the actual attraction was the 3D art. There had been galaxies, stars, spacemen, and other intergalactic phenomena canvassed and painted on every single wall. The 1st handful of instances I wandered by way of, I believed it was all lit by black light till I chatted with visionaries behind the project.
It wasn’t till the creators handed me a pair of 3D glasses that I felt like I was adrift amongst the stars. Anything jumped out at you producing it a totally immersive and sensory encounter. The creators had been so genuine in connecting and speaking with people today, I discovered myself returning to the lounge time and time once again. I must’ve gone back at least a dozen instances due to the fact it became my protected space to unwind and unwind in between sets.
I also spent a excellent quantity of time at the disco den, aka the Mona Lisa installation.
The most effective way I can describe this tiny oasis of comfort is a disco den, but it was genuinely named Mona Lisa. It was essentially a tiny circle of cushions encompassed by back help so you could sit, unwind, and appear up at the crazy inflatable spectrum. You could match about 10 people today comfortably and it was a entertaining location to go sit, chat, and meet new people today. 1 evening, the inflatable spectrum deflated and drooped reduced to the people today gazing up at it. I’m not certain how lengthy it took to get it re-inflated, but by the time I visited once again, the Mona Lisa was up once again.
All in all, I am so pleased I was capable to encounter and celebrate the 5th edition of Phoenix Lights.
It is effortless to see just how a great deal the festival has grown more than the years. The group at Relentless Beats functions exceptionally really hard year-round to make certain the venue is adequately maintained and to book a lineup that tends to make electronic music fans flock to Phoenix. Every year, the festival gets an upgrade, and I can’t wait to see what they have in shop for subsequent year!
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