Event Recap: Identity Festival Gives San Diego Some EDM Culture

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Recap: Identity Festival Gives San Diego Some EDM Culture
Recap: Identity Festival Gives San Diego Some EDM Culture

The sold out Identity Festival made its way through San Diego last Saturday. The one-day event featured Bingo Players, Excision, Paul Van Dyk, Doctor P, Porter Robinson, Eric Prydz and many more.

The three-stage event allowed for a great time for all EDM culture loving music fans. Lead by the performances by TJR and RL Grime (also known as Clockwork), LED hosted an emerging talent stage near the entrance with a gaggle of new electronic music and different styles represented—from house music and beyond.

The iHome Main Stage showcased a lot of high-class talent throughout the entire night. Arty delivered a strong set as the sun began to fade. Bingo Players followed with a stellar performance of their hit singles including “Rattle” and Paul Van Dyk followed with a classy trance performance.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Festival stage hosted the heavy bass talent. Drumstep, dubstep, drum and bass, or whatever, if there was bass it was here. Doctor P gave the sell-out crowd a great performance making him one of the early favorites. Nosia brought out his bag of tricks as he spun through every genre of bass music in his set. Showtek followed by Excision with his famous “X” stage production ended the bass stage’s night.

Recap: Identity Festival Gives San Diego Some EDM Culture

Recap: Identity Festival Gives San Diego Some EDM Culture

However two acts stood out. Porter Robinson and Eric Prydz. Both of which were featured on the iHome Main Stage. It seemed when Porter stepped into the booth everyone in attendance had their eyes glued to the young superstar DJ. He delivered an insanely high-energy set that was much different than what he has played in the past. Still performing the heavy electro house, Porter also threw in some dubstep and even a trap song by Flosstradamus, but still maintained his image and sound by playing the hits off the Spitfire album including “Unison,” “100% In The Bitch” and “Spitfire” itself. The masses stood like an ocean of people in awe after Porter Robinson’s performance, only hoping that Prydz would be able maintain the high.

Eric Prydz seems to only tour the States once in a blue moon. It is rumored that he may be afraid of flying or maybe he just doesn’t like the US or maybe it’s nothing like that at all. Either way the elusive producer did not have much of a reputation to hold up to, but his set was held very high in anticipation and he did not disappoint.

Recap: Identity Festival Gives San Diego Some EDM Culture

Eric Prydz came out bigger than anyone could have expected. Heavy basslines to melodic build-ups to lighting beats, everyone in attendance was stuck in a trance while Prydz controlled the remainder of the night. Dropping some of his most notorious songs like, “Call On Me” and “Proper Education” and closing out the night in class with his newest hit single “Allein” Prydz left fans with a special appreciation for the rare touring DJ. The night ended with a 5-minute encore…then before you knew it, it was Identity’s curfew, 11:00 pm, the night was young but not over.

Recap: Identity Festival Gives San Diego Some EDM Culture

Line up aside, Identity Festival Chula Vista has become one of my favorite yearly events. Everything seems so fitting for Southern California EDM culture. Brining in the night from day, the wide range of EDM genres, and finally a safe and friendly atmosphere makes this tour one you won’t want to miss. Till next time ID.

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