Saturday in Kingstown Downs, Georgia called for lots of rain. Although Imaginers waited in their camps until late afternoon for the sun to come out, you could hear the eager fans blasting EDM from their speakers getting excited for the packed day two. Once the gates opened for the day and people poured in we could all feel the love. For a festival of this size, the crowd was not overwhelming. I met wonderful people— strangers who will gladly dance with you and share their positive past experiences seeing the upcoming artists.
I started my evening with Dr. Fresch, an artist I was not previously familiar with. He showed his best with a funky genre-bending style. This set had something for everyone; surprise bass drops, house inspired beats to boogie to, and hip-hop elements that would appeal to non EDM fans. I was drawn in for the entire hour he played, but immediately pulled out my phone after to add his music to my playlist.
Dom Dolla Played Into The Sunset
Australian house artists are some of the biggest in the world, and its always a pleasure to catch Dom Dolla so close to home. A primetime slot, festival goers were able to welcome the night with his house style. I’m not sure if it was the overcast day that blocked the sunset from its full potential or the crowd getting settled in later in the day after waiting for the rain to subside, but the crowd seemed fairly quiet and subdued for the first half of his set. Fortunately, as it grew dark and the magnificent stage lights lit up the night, the crowd shifted the set to something memorable. By the end of his set, people were shuffling their hearts out and asking “San Francisco, where’s your disco?”.
John Summit had one of the biggest EDM hits of this year thus far “Where You Are” with British singer songwriter Hayla. Fans came out to support his melodic house sound at the Disco Inferno Stage. This stage was my favorite due to its screens that wrapped the DJ booth giving visuals that danced along with the music instead of just a screen behind an artist. It felt reminiscent of a space ship with the performer taking you away to another world full of disco and dancing. The crowd was jumping and the pyrotechnics really added to the ambiance of his music.
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