Imaginations Gone Wild – A Recap of Imagine Music Festival
Imaginations ran wild this past Labor Day Weekend for those who attended Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta, GA. Electronic music lovers from all over achieved musical nirvana all weekend long, whether they were getting crunk with the Ying Yang Twins or blasting into space with Dave Tipper, accompanied by Android Jones on visuals. One things for sure, no matter who you saw at the festival or which stages you went to, you screamed the phrase “ATL hoe” at least once within your weekend.
All three stages, the Amazonia, Oceania, and Incendia, were decked out with aquatic décor and the lighting structures most definitely pleased festival patrons, and the sound system was shaking the whole city of Atlanta all weekend long. The variety of genres within the lineup was broad, and there was something for every attendee to get down to, whether it was getting funky with GRiZ, headbanging to ill.gates and G.Jones, or jumping up and down with Dada Life.
The weekend started off with a bang when we entered the festival during Leah Culver, formerly MK Ultra, throwing down on the Amazonia stage. This queen of bass transitioned from heavy bangers and hardstyle, then introduced a softer side to her music when she sang live vocals to Jack U’s “where are you now” ft. Justin Bieber and left the crowd in awe. The day continued, only to get increasingly heavier with ill.gates alongside KJ Sawka of Destroid going at it as a duo of bass-in-your-face. G. Jones followed up, dropping tons of his newest released music from his newest EP, That Odd Feeling in the Pit of my Stomach, keeping the tempos low and the melodies grimy.
GRiZ came out blasting some of his new tunes as well, some of which he performed live with the addition of sax, which always proves to be a crowd pleaser. Things began to get really interesting when the sun began to set, as Shpongle aka Simon Posford brought out the lasers with his rock-influenced psychedelic trance that kept the crowd on their feet, which was a fitting build-up to the man himself, Dave Tipper.
Tipper was a special experience for those who were seeing him for their first time as well as those who have seen him over 10 or 15 times, because of the mind-bending art projections provided by visionary artist Android Jones, which perfected the entire Tipper experience from all aspects. With these two out-of-the-box artists, the weirder the set is the better, which made it difficult to tear myself away from the stage to go catch some of the electronic trio The Glitch Mob, but eventually I did, and they shook the grounds of the festival as they tore up the Oceania stage while closing out the festival.
Day two of Imagine began with some of Atlanta’s own, Skymatic, the violin-bass duo consisting of Hanna Wilder on violin and Phil Ross on the beats. The two got the crowd hyped with their fusion of trap and bass music that varies between melodic and heavy styles. Next up was Fyer ,the livetronica duo that incorporates live guitar and keyboard into their music for a rock-like take on EDM, and both band members Bobby Duque and Gabriel Guardian embody the persona and energy of hardcore rockers, with their long vibrantly colored hair swaying through the wind while headbanging on the Oceania stage. Festival patrons became reminiscent during the Ying Yang Twins’ set when they performed classics such as “Say I Yi Yi” and had the whole crowd getting low to the ground with their timeless ability to make people want to party. We were highly disappointed when we learned that due to health concerns, Lil’ Jon was unable to perform at Imagine, but hopefully next year the king of crunk can return to his hometown and make up for the absence.
Papadosio is one of those groups that one can never see too many times, and their massive fan-base can agree with that statement. These guys performed a beautiful set from beginning to end and were the perfect transitional set from day to night time, filling up the sky with colorful melodies and visuals to match. Crizzly followed by Datsik were the conclusive sets of the festival, unless you chose to go with Dada Life on the Oceania stage. Both Datsik and Crizzly joined forces with John Dadzie, aka 12th Planet at the Masquerade after party for one last womp sesh to close out the festival.
With another year of Imagine in the books, this event will continue to prosper and thrive in popularity and we only foresee it’s future expanding and becoming one of the best EDM festivals out there, so if you haven’t made it out to the A for Imagine Music Festival yet, we highly encourage you put it on your festy list for next year. IMF has already begun selling customer appreciation tickets due to the success of this year, so snag a ticket for the low and imagine the possibilities for next year. There are still a few customer appreciation tickets available for IMF 2016, and you can purchase them here.