Secret Project Festival united residence and techno lovers in LA for a weekend complete of astounding beats from very curated artists and precise production.
As dance music lovers continue to prepare ourselves for Halloween and, in the case of us SoCalers, Insomniac’s popular Escape: Psycho Circus, let us take a moment and pause our final-minute costume buying to reflect upon Secret Project Festival. Earlier this month, Insomniac’s personal Factory 93 place on the sophomore edition of the fest, when once again transforming Los Angeles’ Chinatown into an underground oasis even the most pretentious of attendees could appreciate.
Probably Secret Project’s achievement can be attributed to its nonchalance. Immediately after all, the coolest particular person in the area is typically the one particular who is attempting the least. In the case of Secret Project, rather than bring in its usual extravagant neon fixtures and characters, Insomniac relied alternatively on the venue’s “natural” backdrop. Surrounded by Downtown LA’s sprawling warehouses, attendees have been definitely immersed in the underground setting Secret Project operates to spend homage to.
Aside from some shimmery ceiling overlay and one particular rather enormous disco ball, Secret Project’s only other piece of decor was one particular borrowed from Burning Man. Acting as a sort of centerpiece for the fest, artist Michael Benisty’s shimmering sculpture helped set the tone for the weekend. Dubbed ‘Broken, But Together’, the piece is of two individuals holding hands with chunks missing out of their bodies.
The crowd at Secret Project was not broken even though, for the reason that a sense of togetherness radiated all through.
In an era exactly where fist-pumping frat bros and aggressive crowds typically plague the festival-sphere, Secret seemed to attract neither. Alternatively of displaying up for “the gram,” individuals have been definitely there for their appreciate of the music and it undoubtedly showed.
A good surprise was that overcrowding at the stages was also a non-concern.
As a person with an however tiny bladder, I typically dread going to the bathroom at music festivals for the reason that it typically indicates fighting my way back via the crowds. Not at Secret Project. Navigating from stage-to-stage was a breeze and locating your way back from the bathroom proved to be so simple, I essentially went by myself several instances. The lines themselves have been also close to non-existent, regardless of there becoming only one particular water station and most important set of bathrooms.
Of course, this year’s billing was also one particular of any techno or residence lover’s dreams.
Australian break-out star Mallgrab managed to light up the crowd just before the sun even went down on Sunday and the Berlin-primarily based Peggy Gou threw down a set my mates and I nevertheless speak about on a close to-everyday basis. Honey Dijon also delivered come Sunday evening with a funk-infused set that had the entire crowd bumping and grooving along. Nina Kraviz and Helena Hauff threw down one particular of the most epic back-to-backs of all time, spinning actual (!!) vinyl whilst sharing cigs.
General, Sunday’s lineup supplied the majority of the heat, but that is not to say that Saturday didn’t have its gems also. Breakout star Ben UFO began issues off with a bang, setting a precedent for each the weekend and his capabilities as a DJ that we just can not ignore. Moreover, Immersions label boss Dixon is generally a superior time and his pulsing techno closing set was no exception.
What definitely produced Secret Project unique than any other festival, on the other hand, was not its lineup
Any person can place on a festival, stack it with major names, and contact it a day. What set Secret Project Festival apart to me was its genuineness. It didn’t want to merely be an occasion absolutely everyone would want to place on their Instagram or Snapchat stories, alternatively, it existed for the appreciate of the music.
The occasion also didn’t waste time on activations or other unnecessary components – though a cocktail lounge did exist – it captured the essence of what raves applied to be. A location to dance. A location to connect. A location to delight in music with other like-minded men and women. So thank you, Insomniac, for making a space for just that. We can not wait to do it all once again subsequent year!
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