Friend 1: “Are you going to festival x?”
Friend 2: “What festival? x”
1: “No, Festival X”
A common conversation stifling festival-goers over the last month. Festival X, a mystery to most but an experience to many. The debut event is for all those who love house, rap and electronic and provided a night of the best disc jockeys globally.
As someone who isn’t the biggest follower of house I thought this was going to be a tricky review, assuming each artist would be similar but I was surprised at how different the sounds were not only for the separate stages but for each artist. With the Helix stage immediately on entry, heavy bass rocked the grounds.
The sun still bright Trippie Redd, American rapper and songwriter, had the crowd warmed up with ‘Dark Night Dummo’ and ‘Topanga’. No introduction was needed for the highest-grossing dance artist, Steve Aoki. While a questionable decision from the event runners to have him so early in the night, it was still the perfect set. Throwing cake into the crowd like a true hype man Aoki got the crowd ‘Delirious’.
A perfect time to go the bar was during controversial artist, Lil Pump, known for his reckless behaviour on social media. Verdict on his set undecided.
Despite being on the smaller stage, American artist, MK (Mark Kinchen) had the confetti, the smoke and all the works. Maybe we can expect him on the main stage next year? A question for another day as we headed back to Europe with Tchami, a DJ from Paris best known for his solo work and has been regarded as a pioneer of future house. Staying across the pond, Camelphat welcomed us to the “Panic Room” playing hit song, ‘Cola’.
After seeing male after male play it was a time for some girl power. Australian female artist Alison Wonderland was truly a highlight of the night, with a very different style. Deserving the title as the highest billed female DJ in Coachella history, Wonderland had all the hype.
‘We Found Love’ with Scottish DJ, Calvin Harris who played it all, from the earlier tracks, ‘Feel So Close’ to ‘This is What You Came For’. Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how many chart-toppers Harris has had but with phones glowing and dance moves flowing every attendee was down at the main stage. If we thought the confetti from before was something? Harris had it all times ten. Truly a climatic sixty minutes.
All in all, would we go again? Vodka Redbull in one hand and clearing the calendar in the other.