Just days before each festival, we are left feeling full of adrenaline. The typical "festival goer" anxiously tells themselves things like,
-"Please let there be no conflicts!"
-"What if Cash Cash and Infected Mushroom are on at the same time?!"
-"I guess I'll go where my friends are going..."
Since the set times were released for Moonrise Festival, I have noticed plenty of different reactions. One of the rarest things that I have found based on the criteria of "EDM Family" is that many of these reactions were not so positive. I feel in our culture, it is important to appreciate all artists, but even I personally experienced some conflicts in regards to who I want to see more at this year's Moonrise. Do we go to Big Gigantic or Knife Party? Should we rage with 3LAU or Bassnectar? And just so we know I have my facts straight, I am seeing similar feelings of heart break across the board. My house mission today is to get the input of fellow ravers, see who the favorite acts are and why they are being seen over the latter.
Frequent festival goer, Matt Hastings has personally experienced difficulty in planning his schedule for the extremely competitive line up at Moonrise. When asked how he decided to make his schedule, Hasting's brilliantly put it in a way that every raver can understand: "I came up with kind of a tentative schedule, but really, I plan on doing what I've done at every festival so far this year and just follow the bass. The only "must see" I always have is Bassnectar, and that's why I chose Big G over Knife Party for Saturday night - so I can get a good spot for [Bass]nectar."
Aside from the Saturday conflicts, Sunday is filled with plenty as well. Meredith Vitrano Snyder, member of the Moonrise Festival 2015 Closed Group on Facebook expressed her conflicts with me. Meredith said, "I am struggling between Above & Beyond(A&B) and Zeds Dead. You see, Zeds Dead is what got me into EDM, but A&B are legends! I am planning on seeing Zeds Dead, mainly because I am going to Electric Zoo and will able to see A&B there!" Meredith provided some nice justification as to why she is seeing one act over the other, and I am sure her decision will not be regretted!
There are also instances in which "festival goers" are being forced to put their own wants and needs aside for the sake of the group they are attending with. Music enthusiast, Tim Kane attends many different music festivals throughout the year that range from Indie Rock to Psycheledic genres. When speaking with him about how he chose his schedule for the upcoming weekend he explained, "I geared my choices towards the more spaced out or unique acts, like Infected Mushroom, Knife Party, and Bassnectar. [I] would throw Big G in that list, but Knife Party conflicts. However, My crowd that I'm going with will be seeing Cash Cash so unfortunately I will be on my own for Infected Mushroom." When I asked Kane how he justified missing Big G for Knife party his response was simple. He said, "I've seen Big G before, and since they mix saxophones and live instrumentals they get thrown into more than EDM festivals, which means more chances to see them."
Some fans however, are taking a different route and are researching the artists beforehand in order to make the best decision possible. Hilal Mohamed filled me in on his strategy for deciding who to see at this weekend's Moonrise Festival and he said, "I go through each artist, listen to their songs and watch some of their live sets. Some decisions are made purely because I know I want to see a certain artist." After speaking with Hilal, I agreed that getting a feel for an artist's live performance can definitely sway someone from seeing one set over another.
Other "festival goers" like Anna Shane, Brian Deckhut and Sebastian Valencia, have a different mindset when deciding on which stage to grace with their presence, and that is simply letting the music guide their hearts, minds, and feet. Anna Shane has seen Bassnectar eight different times, and she knows that the performance will be one that she would not want to miss. Brian Deckhut beautifully stated, "I completely envision just wandering around and letting the music speak to us. Sometimes there is literally nothing better than stumbling upon someone or something you've never heard before and just rocking out to them in that instance." Sebastian Valencia shared a similar mindset when he stated, "I'm completely open to throwing my plans away and just letting my ears and my friends guide me."
Although there seems to be many conflicts throughout this upcoming weekend at Moonrise Festival, there is one major consensus as to where we will be in attendance...House solution: wherever the music takes us.
Written by Kellee Liverani