A new breed of festivals was birthed this last weekend in the heart of San Diego. With a groundbreaking lineup ranging from indie bands to underground house, CRSSD Festival proved to be the first successful attempt at creating a festival experience with integrity, supernatural talent, and a kick-ass, adult-party vibe.
The 21+ festival stepped away from your typical music getaway and created a unique festival experience for those looking to escape the typical and bask in auditory pleasures that deserve spotlight. By denouncing rave attire and seeking to replace the usual EDM scene DJ with underground house producers (the fresh and the legends), CRSSD attendees found themselves amidst a blissful dance party that was easily complimented by some of today’s hottest indie/progressive musicians. If the music wasn’t enough to get your endorphins flowing, the perfect San Diego weather, oceanside location, delicious food, and craft beer were there to ensure satisfaction.
Although the weekend was a blissful blur, a few of the acts we witnessed that stuck out Saturday were Damian Lazarus & the Ancient Moons’ festival debut, the blissful performance of super group Hot Natured (comprised of Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Luca C, and Ali Love with the sexy Anabel Englund joining them of the stage), the usual house brilliance of Lee Burridge, and Kaytranada, who closed out the evening on the Palms stage with epic beats and groovin’ jams.
Sunday’s notable acts included Big Wild’s early afternoon set at the main stage, the epic Jamie Jones’ B2B Seth Troxler set (which you can view in its entirety below courtesy of MixMag), the unworldly Flight Facilities sunset performance, Odesza’s surreal genius on the Ocean View Main Stage, Justin Martin’s deliverance of a special dose of Dirtybird grooves, the killer Maceo Plex B2B Shall Ocin set at the City Steps stage, and the melodic house perfection of Bakermat, a perfect ending to the festival at the Palms stage, loaded with treats such as a live saxophone accompaniment.
With a killer and unprecedented lineup, beautiful people, beautiful location (all within their first year) CRSSD has definitely set the standard for future festivals of its kind. We look forward to seeing what FNGRS CRSSD and their partnership with Goldenvoice have in store for us next year.