Most of our team has been stationed out in LA for the last three weeks, soaking up this Cali lifestyle and networking to the max. Being so close to San Diego, we decided to rent a candy apple red mustang and take an impromptu trip to the city’s bi–annual CRSSD Festival. Located at downtown’s Waterfront Park, bordering a bay front port littered with cruise ships and sailboats, the two-day festival was easily one of our favorite music experiences of the year. The medium-sized (manageable) festival supported a lineup that could draw fans from light years away, as well as a oasis-like landscape packed with palm trees, water fountains and stunning views of both downtown & coastline San Diego.
Although it would be nearly impossible to recap every moment of the 2-day festival, as most of those memories were lost in blackout… we compiled a snackable recap of our favorite moments below.
[photo credit – news.beatport.com]
Autograf Played Their Newest Single “Metaphysical” – Chicago based Autograf had some technical difficulties at the start of their day set, yet they still left their mark. After quickly swapping in a new mixer, the rising house trio gave fans an uplifting set of dreamy dance tunes including their newest single “Metaphysical”.
Zhu Debuted Skrillex Collaboration – One of the biggest names in electronic dance music, Zhu, premiered a new collaboration with Skrillex and half the crowd wet their pants. His set featured a chilling light-show, gorgeous live instrumentation and a New Cool sound which we believe represents the future of dance music.
Classixx and Bonobo Both Impressed The Shit Out Of Us – We hadn’t experienced LA based Classixx or Bonobo prior to CRSSD and we sure are happy we did. Funky, fun, deep, groovy, jazzy… you name the vibe and they both delivered it.
The Flaming Lips Threw A Massively Relevant Balloon Into Audience – Towards the conclusion of The Flaming Lips finale set at the main stage at CRSSD on day one, they threw out a massive “Fuck Yeah San Diego” balloon into the crowd. Fans couldn’t ask for a more relevant prop.
Kygo Killed It – The King of Tropical House himself, Kygo, crushed his hour long set on the main stage. With a LCD display that blended beautifully with San Diego’s natural landscape, and performing a slew of household remixes, the young Norwegian showed the city how tropical is done right.
[Excuse the shitty quality of the below video. It was filmed on a jitterbug]
The Best Prop Award Goes To These Guys – These colorful puppets go 10x at night.
@Puppet Homies — if you guys are reading this, thank you for that nug of weed you gave us <3
Water fountains Made CRSSD – Note to every festival operator on the planet — install water fountains on-site or pick a site that has water fountains. Although we likely almost caught a staph infection, there was no better experience than two-stepping to disco with cool water under your toes.
Until next time CRSSD. Stay classy San Diego!!