San Diego has been making waves these past few years in EDM culture. As the US has officially become a mainstay for dance music, LED Presents has been providing a one-stop shop for all of your electronic music needs. And by one stop I mean turning the entire city into a dance music community. In the historic Gaslamp District in San Diego is the intimate yet action packed nightclub Voyeur, which has featured stops for deadmau5, Calvin Harris and A-Trak. It also has had acts like Eats Everything, Green Velvet and Pendulum. I was fortunate to catch Carte Blanche on one of their last stops in their US tour—that was a show to remember. The club has even opened its doors on weekdays. As a close destination to Los Angeles, catching a touring act in San Diego is an enticing prospect. But as the scene grew larger so did the dreams. LED Presents has also brought us day parties at Mission Beach’s Coastal Wavehouse. Typically a massive bar where surfers can practice their craft, LED has converted it into a spectacular venue to catch artists like Wolfgang Gartner, Laidback Luke and Skrillex. Typically bringing the headline acts to Voyeur for the night for round two. If that doesn’t seem enough, LED has taken almost every venue in San Diego that can hold a massive show into work. Turning Petco Park into a massive festival, holding the Identity Festival’s San Diego tour stop, pitching events at the San Diego Sports Arena, as well as holding concerts at 4th & B.
I was fortunate to travel down to San Diego over Labor Day Weekend, it all began Friday night, where you could catch Bristol bass boss Eats Everything, the next day the Dutch King, Afrojack headlined Wavehouse, and it was a hell of a show to catch as the sun was setting over the ocean. Later that night Tramps Like Us began at the San Diego Sports Arena, where the legendary Moby threw down along with a series of headlining acts that you would normally have to empty your pockets to see at a show in LA or Vegas. In Downtown, Voyeur was still open holding it down for the cities club crawlers. The next day Felix Cartal took the helm at Wavehouse for another beach massive. Tramps Like Us Part 2 commenced Sunday night, bringing in the bass with Wolfgang Gartner, Rusko, Flux Pavilion and more. They also brought a Miami style day-break party for partygoers onto Monday morning. Featuring sets from Tramps acts like Nicky Romero with a special surprise guest set by LA Riots.
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Long story short, LED knows what their doing. If you missed their Labor Day party, well hey, at almost every corner LED is bringing us a unique experience. In the summer you can head to Wavehouse and throughout the year they will be bringing us festivals with the talent to match. LED’s Halloween Party will be featuring Afrojack, RL Grime and TJR. Oh yeah? And do you live in Orange County? Well The Yost Theater now has LED behind it. You might’ve noticed their influence with their Eric Prydz show this summer. So if you’re looking for your electronic music fix and are up for trip out of LA, LED’s got your EDM culture needs covered—from house music and beyond.