A$AP Ferg, Kaskade, Bassnectar & more throw down at the Moonrise Festival
All photos by Booksy Collins
With the “supermoon” in its’ full lunar stage this past weekend, what better place to be than the Moonrise Festival in Baltimore, MD? The 212 crew traveled down to the DMV on Friday night to cover the two-day music festival hosting 90+ EDM artists. Headliners Kaskade, Bassnectar, Carnage and Adventure Club closed out each night at the Pimlico Race Course, home of The Preakness.
Ample infield track space gave way to a ferris wheel, misting tent and four different stages to be constructed hosting artists spinning tunes ranging from house and techno to trance and trap. A unique touch to the festival was the 25+ booths where local rave brands and vendors sold souvenirs, clothing, and even body painting sessions.
While the event did not have the funding or production of an Insomniac festival, the crowd energy was certainly in the air all weekend. Baltimore is not in the same class as NYC or Miami in terms of talent, however; the weather was perfect for kandi girls to show their skin – sometimes too much. Bros definitely brought the heat on their feet and we will showcase the best kicks of the weekend later this week.
In terms of the actual music, we got started on Saturday by checking out ATL trap producer HeroesxVillains at the Stellar Stage who dropped banger after banger early in the afternoon. We then popped over to the Solar Dance tent to watch Haiti native Michael Brun shred the progressive house scene. After becoming more familiar with the grounds and capturing the pretty ladies, we circled back to the tent to check out the dutch duo Firebeatz drop their hit single “Dear New York”. Connecticut techno producer Audien and dubstep Austin, TX based Tritonal followed in the tent as we camped for a few hours. Harlem’s own A$AP Ferg has been making the rounds on the festival circuits all summer and he turned up harder than most with a main stage twerk fest. Another ATL based DJ, Bro Safari came out hard after Ferg with some crazy southern progressive trap beats. Miami based GTA blessed the tent with their party music and represented Florida with a packed crowd. After sticking around for Clockwork AKA RL Grime, Kaskade took the sunset vibes and provided some major feels out at the Stellar Stage. DJ Snake and Adventure Club took the rest of the night as the moon shined bright.
Zoogma started Sunday off at the Lunar Stage with a chill live band set as festival goers relaxed to start the day. CRNKN lived up to his bold name with some crazy remixes of popular hip-hop songs. The beautiful Swedish duo Rebecca & Fiona graced the main stage with their engaging performance before we checked out the act of the weekend – Keys N Krates. Performing live, the three members of Krates killed the trap game with drums, multiple keyboards and live mixing. They even dropped a new single to end their set after their well-known “All the Time” remix. After sticking around for the beginning of Figure, Toronto natives Dzeko & Torres took the main stage. In preparation for our upcoming interview to be shared later this week, we captured most of their set. After switching up the flow and sticking around for trance artist Orjan Nilsen, our waiting game paid off as we captured his set in the booth and headed over to the media tent for our interview. Rusko had the dance tent thumping with his banging dub remix of DMX’s “Up in Here” which made a great segway for Waka Flocka and his SQUADDD to make a killing. After checking out Paper Diamond, Zeds Dead and Sander Van Doorn, Carnage took the main stage by storm with a unique blend of his normal “festival trap”, progressive house and dubstep. Bass heads united, per usual, at the Lunar Stage to check out another Bassnectar set that did not disappoint. Dropping a crazy remix to the Beastie Boy’s Sabotage, the crowd exploded with energy chanting “one more song” before the lights came on and the massive group of ravers dispersed.
Minimum attendee age or not, this festival hosted a wide array of artists to please any type of music enthusiast. The weather was cooperative, the grounds were not overcrowded and no casualties were reported – success.
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