For those of you who haven't made the pilgrimage to Palm Springs for the epic and wet weekender known as Splash House, we have to emphasize that you're seriously missing out. We just got back from the first installment of 2015 and it did not disappoint. The best way we can describe the weekend is if Coachella and CRSSD met at a Vegas pool party. It's a great combination of house music and poolside vibes that can only be reached in the desert heat and we can't wait to return in August.
It's easy to love Splash House because the organizers make the festival so accessible and simple to navigate. Artists played at three locations throughout the weekend - The Hilton, Saguaro and Hacienda - all of which were within a few miles from each other. Shuttles were parked outside the venues and ran about every 10 to 15 minutes, which made it super easy to jump from one spot to the other. Although we spent a lot of our time at the Saguaro with what felt like the majority of attendees, it was nice to have the option to visit the Hilton and Hacienda without having to worry about how to get there.
While the Saguaro was like spring break on steroids, the Hacienda had a laid back atmosphere with deep house to match. On Saturday, we caught Klatch at The Hilton and then ran over to the Saguaro for Dr. Fresch, Le Youth, and Viceroy. Their sets were full of all the summer anthems and throwback jams we've come to love. We ended with RAC's DJ set as the sun went down and it was the perfect end to a long day in the sun.
The after party was a great time as well; any chance for us to see Le Youth twice in one day is a chance we jump at. It took us a little longer to get started on Sunday because late nights and alcohol, but we made it to the Saguaro in time for Cherokee so we were happy.
As the Saguaro filled up after Pomo and Hippie Sabotage, we made our way over to the Hacienda for a break from the crowds and some Bakermat. He was grooving with a saxophone player and some stage dancers so the crowd was loving it. We ended the day with some Thomas Jack, who was definitely the highlight of the weekend. We loved the way he kept the party going even though it was a Sunday evening and many of us had work and Monday on our minds.
Splash House provided the perfect mini vacation from the real world and we can't wait to go back. The festival takes great people and great music to heart and we expect much of the same debauchery and fun in August. Tickets for the weekend of August 8th and 9th are available here. Get your's now because we bet they won't last. See you in Palm Springs!