ATL's Imagine Festival was a thrilling visual experience to say the least. The music, production, dancers, and art installations constantly provided something visually awe inspiring to look at throughout the weekend. While the oppressive heat kept much of the crowd from coming out to the speedway itself until the evenings alleviating sundown, the daytime shows were still very on point. Friday was fairly low key until Liquid Stranger, Caspa b2b Rusko, and Black Tiger Sex Machine took over the main stage.
Saturday's lineup stood out to me due to Dillon Francis and DJ Hanzel both appearing on the same night. Seeing Dillon Francis utilize his "von deeper" alter ego in person and on his highly celebrated snapchat story throughout the day was a real treat. Pendulum was a very strong booking, and even though it was only a dj set and he played one of the smaller stages, you could tell people came out in droves to experience his set.
Saturday and Sunday were both very bass-heavy, with jaw-dropping sets from Bleep Bloop, G Jones, Funtcase b2b Cookie Monsta, Excision, 12th Planet, Buku, and Space Jesus. The Amazonia stage really stood out for me as it functioned as the live band stage. Highlights from that stage included Break Science, Beats Antique, Eoto, and Ott. Gramatik and Excision both having the 2-3 am closing slot Sunday night may have bothered some people, but I managed to catch about half of both. In my opinion if you're running from stage to stage constantly and not staying at the main stage all weekend, a festival is truly doing something right.
This was the first year that the festival expanded into three days, and also the first year that camping was implemented. Based on my experiences at Imagine, this was a strong move, as it brought out a more diehard crowd, instead of your casual one-day festival attendee.
Written by Maclyn Bean
Photos by Maclyn Bean