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How CRSSD Fest Became One of America's Best Music Festivals

For the second time in 2015, CRSSD Festival has shown that it deserves to be considered one of the United States' most exciting music festivals. Just seven months after the festival's first iteration took place in March 2015, the festival's organizers held the second-ever CRSSD Fest in October and somehow improved upon its first showing. The music was on point, the venue was breathtaking, and all of the booths were perfect. Overall, the CRSSD Fest experience simply cannot be matched by any music festival in the United States. Where else can you listen to techno, future bass, and deep house as you feel an ocean breeze blowing from a boat-filled harbor and airplanes calmly fly above skyscrapers overhead? The San Diego Waterfront Park is unparalleled as a music venue, and CRSSD Fest provided attendees with plenty of amazing music. 

The festival featured three stages. The Ocean View Live stage provided fans with a variety of talented bands and singers. On Day 1, The Flaming Lips headlined the stage with a ridiculously fun set. TV on the Radio were the stage's stars on Day 2. However, rock bands were far from the norm at the festival. Kygo drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend at the Ocean View Live stage and had everyone grooving as the sun set beyond the San Diego Harbor. His tropical sound was ideal for CRSSD Fest.


The weekend's most engaging set at the Ocean View Live stage was delivered by ZHU. He was underwhelming at HARD Day of the Dead last year, but his new music sounded awesome at CRSSD Fest. His set was entrancing from start to finish. At one point, he brought out Gallant to perform their collaboration, "Testarossa Music." The highlight of his set was when he dropped his upcoming track with Skrillex. 

The City Steps stage hosted DJs from all across the dance music spectrum. Bonobo played an unbelievable set on Day 1. The Godfather of dance music Giorgio Moroder played for an hour after Bonobo blew the crowd away. Being in the presence of a legend like Moroder sent chills down my spine. On Day 2, Ben Klock played the penultimate set and got the crowd going with some driving techno. Maya Jane Coles closed out the weekend and kept the crowd wanting more with her unbelievable selection of techno. Luckily, Ben Klock and Maya Jane Coles played at an afterparty down the street from the venue, so all of the attendees who had Columbus Day off the next day were able to party to their heart's content.

The Palms stage featured all kinds of funky music, including disco, future bass, future house, tropical house, indie dance, and G house. If you wanted to groove, you wanted to be at The Palms. The lineup was stacked on Day 1. SNBRN went on stage at 4pm, and he was followed by Goldroom b2b Le Youth, Classixx b2b Holy Ghost!, and Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle. The stacked b2b sets had the crowd going wild. As expected, Cashmere Cat and Trippy Turtle played to one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. They didn't disappoint, as their blend of Jersey Club and future bass gave the crowd the bed squeaks and party music they were desperately looking for. 

CRSSD Fest has yet to blow up into an internationally known festival, but if the festival's promoters continue their hard work, music lovers will start flocking to CRSSD from all over the world. It's difficult to fully understand the allure of CRSSD Fest until you experience it firsthand. When you step into San Diego Waterfront Park, you'll fall in love immediately. The music, the Pacific Ocean, the palm trees, and the good vibes combine to create an unforgettable experience. 

Photo credit: Chaz Marshall of EDM.com

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