Only a week ago, Relentless Beats held its inaugural Origins Music Festival in Chandler, AZ. The one-day event dedicated to nothing but house music hosted seven talented artists, all at a brand-new location, The Riverwalk at Rawhide Event Center. Being that this was the first of its kind for Relentless, one might assume there to be a few common mishaps. However, Origins ran as just smooth as any other festival would on its tenth anniversary. From the parking to the ticket lines to the bag check, Relentless was on its game.
The festival was definitely a smaller one, per say, but in our eyes that’s exactly what made it so perfect. There was only one main stage which was nice in that attendees were able to see everyone without having to walk all over the place. The grounds were a tight fit but made for cozy outdoor music festival on a chilly night in the desert. The lights were bright, the music was deep, and the vibes were sensational. The lineup consisted of Duke Dumont, EDX, Sean Watson, Lane 8, Justin Jay, Autograf, and Nora En Pure.
Sean Watson easily set the tone for the rest of the night as he kicked things off when doors opened. The crowd starting to arise and before we knew it, the dance party was underway. Following his set was EDX, who really brought the fire and kept the party going with his uplifting electro tunes. As the sun (and temperature) started to drop, it was time for our girl Nora En Pure to take the stage for her highly anticipated sunset set. She played everything from classics like “Come With Me” and “Morning Dew” to newer tracks off her ‘Polynesia’ EP like “Polynesia” and “Riverwards Stream.”
Autograf was up next and totally blew us away with their upbeat, future house sound. The guys came prepared to give a performance that would leave no one standing still. Along with the amazing music, their visuals were extremely moody and the perfect addition in making each track come to life. Lane 8, who played after, also put on a great show and really kept the dance party alive. He was super engaging with the crowd and had a sick light show. It was around this time in the night that we decided to walk around the grounds a bit to check out the merch booth and see what food Origins had to offer. Needless to say, chicken fingers, pizza, and fries are always a good option.
The next name on the roster to take the stage was Justin Jay. We were genuinely excited about this set and as usual, he did not let us down. He started out strong and ended even stronger while somewhere in the middle totally capturing our hearts with his psychedelic, funky sound. His visuals were also extremely vivid and totally set the mood for the moment. Not only did Jay have a smile on his face pretty much the entire set but his aura also radiated positivity and friendliness. He was a major highlight of Origins for us. Duke Dumont, who closed the festival out, was to follow. As the beats got deeper and the confetti rained from the sky, it was almost time for festival to come to an end. For this to have been the debut roll-out of a brand new event, that hopefully returns for years to come, it was put together seemingly perfect. The awesome venue, neighborly crowd, and perfectly curated house music made for such magical Saturday afternoon. We are already looking forward to seeing what next year has to bring for Origins Music Festival.
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