After summer festival season ends, reality kicks in for festival goers as they wait for next years lineups to be announced. It is a long and dreadful process that usually is met with fewer festivals in the Fall.
When Attending Coachella 2016, I got back into enjoying EDM. Seeing performances by DJ Mustard, Zedd, and The Chainsmokers made me want to seek out the genre even more. The problem with Coachella is that you must be selective with your sets.
I missed out on some great blue-chip performances by Flume, Disclosure, Mr. Carmack, to even Rufus Du Sol GOBI set. When winter arrives, these artists scatter all over the globe making it hard to redeem what was missed.
As September approached, it became clear that I would wait until summer or just pay a king’s ransom to see one of these DJs in LA. It was until I stumbled across the lineup for Contact, a festival in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The lineup was impressive, Flume and Disclosure headlined followed by Marshmello, Zeds Dead, Baauer, and Getter. I was sold on this two-day festival that only cost $130 USD for both nights.
Vancouver is a cold but very damp city. I expected the worst when arriving at the venue. It poured like a monsoon but waiting outside the BC Place felt lively. The presence of rain followed by the vibrating bass drops from inside made the wait euphoric.
The two-night festival was more than euphoric, the electricity that DJs Disclosure and Flume brought were great complements to each other’s craft. Flume performed a memorable closing act. Opening with “Holdin On”, the delivery of the colorful LED visuals made the energy and crowd fluid.
My favorite Flume moments were his delivery of “Lose It” (feat. Vic Mensa), “Helix”, and of course “Never Be Like You” (feat. Kai). Flume was a rejuvenating act, less jumping and more swaying. Disclosure’s set however brought the dancing to life.
This DJ duo always knows how to engage the crowd as it was my second time seeing Disclosure. Contact’s felt more vibrant with the illusion of unrestrained rhythm. Songs like “When A Fire Starts To Burn” and “BOSS” really got me to my music nirvana.
The biggest surprises of Contact I thought were Marshmello and guest appearance Zeds Dead. Their performances too complemented each other’s pace and did not get overlooked by the crowd. They brought the most amount of energy to the festival.
Marshmello’s “Bounce” and “Summer” gave fresh upbeat energies. While Zeds Dead Northern Lights track dominated the atmosphere with “Frontlines” and “Blame”. For some reason, the “You Know” collab with Oliver Heldens topped it as my favorite memory of Contact.
To give you some perspective into all my music verbiage and failed attempt at explaining the festivals energy. Please watch this cool montage of Contact 2016 made by Blue Pencil Productions.