Counterpoint Music Festival 2012
This past weekend in Fairburn, Georgia, the first-ever CounterPoint Music Festival finally launched. The three day festival from September 27-29 included big names including Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Skrillex, and Avicii. The festival was incredibly well produced and prepared for pretty much anything. It was a very successful weekend for everyone. The beautiful festival grounds included two camp grounds, smaller lakes and ponds, carnival rides, two main stages, and a few separate smaller tents set up for the artists.
Thursday night was highlighted by incredible acts including Beats Antique and Big Gigantic. Friday night was TOKiMONSTA, an awesome producer from LA’s South Bay Area. She absolutely killed it on the stage with her original material and uniquely created remixes. Every time I looked behind me the crowd kept growing. TOKiMONSTA was by far one of my favorite acts of the weekend.
I also checked out a few other acts including Archnemesis and Excision before Bassnectar closed out the night. Bassnectar was definitley the popular choice of the weekend; that night I saw at least 50 kids wearing Bassnectar shirts and holding up Bassnectar signs. Bassnectar’s crowd was huge, absolutely insane, and super energetic. Everything at Counterpoint was great despite the couple of non-preventable schedule time changes that were made because of the huge amount of rain that occurred on Friday afternoon.
Counterpoint was a camping optional festival and I opted to stay at a hotel for Friday night because of the rain and mud. I arrived a little later on Saturday night to find the festival prepared to rock. Everything was really on point and on schedule. The people working the festival had laid out hay on top of the mud for people to walk through. I’m not sure I’ve ever been to a festival where someone had actually thought of that before so I could tell how much thought and effort was put into everything.
Saturday night was highlighted by shows including Big Boi, Emancipator, Conspirator, Zeds Dead, Lotus, Skrillex, Prettylights, Ghostland Observatory, and finally Laidback Luke. Lotus really blew my mind with their show; their music is so happy and transcendent. It really is a pleasure to hear them play. Ghostland Observatory also really stuck out to me: the lead singer had a tremendous stage presence, jumping up and down and crawling around on all fours on the stage. One of the last things I caught that night was Laidback Luke, which I loved but you can forget expecting “laid-back” music from him, it’s really quite the opposite and that’s what he’s notorious for.
Overall this festival really exceeded my expectations and proved to be a memorable festival in my book. It was literally like the brain child of Camp Bisco and Ultra, which was so perfect for electronic music lovers. I’ll continue going to this festival every year it comes back, and recommend it to all festival-goers.