CRSSD Fest stages have unique vibe

CRSSD Fest stages each have a unique feel, sound. (Bradley Schweit)

Returning for its fall 2016 incarnation, the CRSSD Fest is promising to be another incredible weekend of innovative music and inspiring performances. With a commitment to championing edgier, forward-thinking acts and bringing together artists of different backgrounds, CRSSD will take over Waterfront Park on Saturday and Sunday.

Here’s your guide to the three stages at CRSSD and an inside look at some of the artists that will be performing at each:

Ocean View Stage

The main stage is designed to maximize your experience with killer views. Against a backdrop of sunsets and planes taking off and landing in the distance, live/electronic crossover bands will perform, including:

Miike Snow: This Swedish-based, three-piece indie synth pop band, consists of production team Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg and American singer Andrew Wyatt. The group released its first studio album to almost immediate international success in 2009.

ZHU: This performer captures energy and imagination by performing behind a curtain. Little is known about the enigmatic performer who prefers to keep his identity concealed so that the focus remains 100 percent on his music.

Flight Facilities: From Australia, Flight Facilities comes with eclectic yet poppy music that bridges the gap between house and nu-disco. Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell, the DJ and production duo, may show up wearing flight suits and share the stage with guest vocalists and other live performers.


City Steps Stage

The front of the City Hall building is the place to go for underground house and techno. Expect minimal production in favor of a more music-first underground vibe.

Maya Jane Coles (or MJC): A London-based techno producer and DJ, MJC is known for her dark and eerie style. With a devoted following overseas, she’s sure to enchant the underground-tuned audience in San Diego.

Justin Martin: One of the founding members of Dirtybird and one of the biggest DJs in the underground circuit. He’s known for a forward-thinking style that incorporates hip-hop and drum and bass influences and showcases house, techno and bass music.

MK: A veteran whose roots go back to producing for The Fresh Prince/Will Smith. Today, he produces and DJs an accessible yet authentic brand of deep house that’s sure to resonate.


The Palms Stage

Shrouded in tropical foliage, The Palms brings out the more melodic and vibe-ridden sets and a relaxed, summertime sound.

Kaytranada: This performer bridges the gap between dance and hip-hop and R&B. Born in Haiti and raised in Montreal, he brings some multicultural influences to his music.

Lee Burridge: Hailing from the UK, Lee Burridge encapsulates a dreamy and melodic vibe with his brand of house music that focuses on musicality.

Thomas Jack: Another performer from Down Under, Thomas Jack almost single-handedly brought “tropical house” stateside. His tunes evoke summer and his saxophone-meets-house style resonates with listeners.

Whatever you’re feeling at this edition of CRSSD, there’s an act that will resonate, enchant and keep you moving. For more information about the complete festival line-up and to purchase tickets, visit

Source: DiscoverSD