Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing… the return of our favorite bi-annual music festival, CRSSD Fest! Last weekend, CRSSD made its return to the picturesque Waterfront Park in San Diego, California, where thousands of attendees from all over the country made their way to witness the best in house and techno.
The palm tree decorated park, overlooking the beautiful bayfront was transformed into a festival goers paradise with craft beer tents, sake bar, endless specialty food options, and three massive stages (The Palms, City Steps, and Ocean View) that sprawled across the entirety of the park.
We started off day one at The Palms stage with the sweet sounds of Honey Dijon and Nora En Pure. Honey’s underground house beats and Nora’s light-hearted tunes broke through the gloomy weather we were faced with and had us ready to take on the rest of the day.
As some of our group departed to the Ocean View stage for Gryffin’s melodic sounds, we made our way over to the City Steps stage in search for some hard-hitting techno. From here on out, it was a techno aficionados dream, starting with Dense & Pika‘s industrial sound, to Charlotte De Witte‘s bold pummeling beats, and closing with the menacingly dark techno from the all mighty Cirez D.
We did have a brief techno intermission through all of this and it was reserved for Marc Kinchen, aka MK. MK took us back to our house roots and had the crowd belting along to his original hits, “Piece Of Me,” “17,” and his flawless remixes of Rudimental’s “Powerless” and Rihanna’s “Consideration”.
Day two was off to a wonderful start, the sun was shining, the breeze coming in was blissful, and one of our must-see’s of the weekend, CamelPhat, was taking the City Steps stage. The duo instantly had the crowd grooving with their Grammy-nominated single, “Cola” and vibing to Green Velvet’s “La La Land”.
We followed CamelPhat with one of our favorite performances of the weekend, Alan Fitzpatrick. Alan showcased his technical mixing skills, leaving the people of City Steps in awe as he dropped Balthazar & JackRock’s remix of “This Is Cocaine,” Wehbba’s “Glasswerk,” and various other Drumcode productions. We followed Alan with our newest obsession, the Brazilian-born techno beauty, ANNA. She blew us away with a fire set and has quickly become one of our artists to watch.
At this point, we needed a tech house fix and this is where rising star Kyle Watson came in. This was his US debut and he left quite the impression, as we’re already counting down the days for his next appearance. We followed Kyle Watson’s phenomenal set with Nicole Moudaber’s hard hitting techno and Sasha’s progressive techno stylings at City Steps.
We dove into the final hour of the night and concluded our memorable time at CRSSD Fest with a live performance from Gorgon City at the Ocean View stage. The live aspect was a nice change of pace in comparison to the other acts we had witnessed thus far. Gorgon City had a full audience enamored as their live renditions of “Real Life,” “Grooves On The Vinyl,” and more floated from the speakers.
In a short period of time, CRSSD has become known as the premier destination for house and techno music, bringing artists that we don’t predominately see in the US. This year was no different, curating a flawless lineup that we believe to be their best yet. Overall, the music was banging, the vibes were uber chill, and it will go down in the books as the weekend that techno stole our heart.
We’d like to thank everyone at FNGRS CRSSD and Infamous PR for giving us the opportunity to make unforgettable memories at another CRSSD Fest! If you’re looking for a new festival to attend, make sure to check out CRSSD Fest, as it will be returning this Fall. Be sure to check back with us for more CRSSD news and we hope to see you this Fall!