This weekend, CRSSD Fest brought the fourth edition of the EDM festival to San Diego, which launched only two years ago. With an added attention to crowd control and (slightly) faster moving lines, one thing can be said: CRSSD Fest consistently delivers.
From headliners Miike Snow and Zhu to the sweet sounds of Maya Jane Coles and Kungs, this year's CRSSD Festival once again captured a massive San Diego audience of forward-thinking music lovers at Waterfront Park.
Our favorite five things about this year's fest?
1. Every stage brings it
Some festivals leave all the best acts for one main stage. Not CRSSD. The three stages separated strategically across Waterfront Park each had some major talent to spotlight. In fact, some our favorite acts of the weekend - including Maya Jane Coles, Lee Burridge, Lee Foss and Dubfire - all brought in major crowds to the middle stage (City Steps), rivaling the larger Ocean View stage's audience.
2. The weather didn't disappoint
With highs in the 70s and humidity up through the evenings, the October weather felt nothing like fall. It was so ideal, in fact, that plenty of people could be seen dancing in the fountains and splashing up a storm. After the March installment's gloomy weekend with a threat of rain, this edition brought a bright and sunny disposition to the fest.
3. Two words: sunset sets
That moment when the sun sets over the ocean? Priceless. Add that with the strategically planned "sunset sets" from Lee Foss and Louis the Child on Saturday and Lee Burridge and Flight Facilities on Sunday, and you have yourself a heavenly music moment that captures San Diego beauty in its essence.
4. Craft beer, great food
The craft beer selection at CRSSD is certainly a game-changer for an EDM fest, as are the generous food options. Pizza? Of course. Lumpia? Oh yes (and they were delicious!). Dumplings and popsicles? Sure, why not. The culinary offerings added the perfect touch to fuel party-people back to the dance floor.
5. Unexpected new discoveries
Every festival offers fresh breakthroughs in music. CRSSD is no different, and the easy-to-roam venue makes it stress-free to check out plenty of DJs you might not have heard of before. I had that kind of a moment with Kungs, a headlining DJ on the Ocean View stage Saturday. The 19-year-old French DJ's feel-good, dance-worthy beats made him a new obsession in my book. And while I have heard Lee Foss spin a few times before, his memorable set from CRSSD just scooted him up to the top of my favorites list.
Source: Discover SD