Last March, the inaugural CRSSD Festival took over downtown’s Waterfront Park. For two days, 30,000 electronic music fans danced to the likes of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Empire of the Sun, and Pete Tong, all while the bay provided a picturesque backdrop and craft beers were at the ready.
By every measure a successful debut, post-show press unfortunately focused on the heavy fines festival organizers were forced to pay due to damages in the park.
Most reports failed to mention this is typical. Governor’s Ball in New York and Lollapalooza in Chicago’s Grant Park have paid up to 10 times more for their damages in recent years. And it didn’t stop CRSSD and the city from settling amicably or announcing a second festival.
Only seven months later, CRSSD is back. And organizers have upped the ante in just about every way.
Not only have veteran indie acts such as The Flaming Lips and TV On The Radio been added to a lineup that already includes Jamie xx, Banks, and Nicolas Jaar, but sanctioned after-parties will keep things going once the festival gates close each night.
Officially billed as “CRSSD After Dark,” the Gaslamp’s Bang Bang club will host fest-associated music Oct. 10-12. And Maya Jane Coles will headline NGHT MVS, as the party moves to the Valley View Casino Center (with a 4 a.m. curfew), for a festival-closing nightcap on Sunday.
Here are five not-to-miss CRSSD acts:
The godfather of EDM, Moroder is a legend in multiple disciplines. The multiple Grammy- and Academy Award-winning composer/producer/performer has worked with everyone from Donna Summer, Blondie, and David Bowie to Daft Punk, Sia, and Britney Spears. He also just released his first album in 30 years, “Déjà Vu,” which features collaborations with Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, and Kelis. Don’t sleep on this set.
Jamie Smith, 26-year-old producer and member of London-based indie rockers The xx, remixed Adele and Radiohead, as well as produced tracks for Drake and Alicia Keys, before releasing his solo debut earlier this spring. The 11 tracks on “In Colour” synthesize the entirety of Smith’s eclectic career and have him poised to land on many “best of” lists at the end of the year.
Seeing Detroit Swindle (aka Amsterdam’s Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets) accused of rehashing old styles or lacking boundary-pushing imagination is laughable. Like pizza or a comfy pair of shoes, groundbreaking shouldn’t matter if it’s made well. And this Dutch duo churns out the type of deep house and disco that makes it impossible to do anything but shake that groove thing. What more do you want?
TV On The Radio
Brooklyn’s art rock vets at a bayfront electronic music festival? Expect magic.
Maya Jane Coles
The fact she’s headlining the NGHT MVS after-party at the former Sports Arena should tell you all you need to know about the London-based producer and DJ. After remixing the likes of Amy Winehouse, Little Dragon, and Florence + The Machine, cranking out a seemingly endless barrage of classic house tracks, and dropping two original LPs in the last three years, it’s hard to argue with her resume. Guaranteed to be a festival highlight.
Of note: Bonobo and Nicolas Jaar are each doing DJ sets. Still worth the time, but both would easily make this list if performing with full bands.