For the third year in a row Mysteryland USA touched down on Bethel Woods, the beautiful grounds in upstate New York where the legendary Woodstock festival was held in 1969. Today, the rock music has been replaced by the fresh sounds of House, Techno, Bass and Trap, a culture that is bringing the music industry into the future. In years past Mysteryland was a major stop for avid festival patrons, but this year the crowd seemed a bit light, which left more room for the rest of us to dance the night away. The groundbreaking sounds of ODESZA, Skrillex, and Bassnectar, who headlined the festival, did not leave many disappointed.
What is truly special about dance music is that it comes in all forms and styles, and Mysteryland serves as a platform to showcase it all. Those looking for the next big sound, found the unique textures of REZZ on the main stage. Her set was early on the first day, but the crowd showed up in hoards to witness the future. It will only be a matter of time before she's getting late night slots worthy of her artistry.
House and Techno heads would likely have had a sour taste in their mouth as there were a few issues with the Big Top stage at times. Nevertheless, Joris Voorn, Hercules & Love Affair, Lee Burridge, and John Digweed all made up for it. Especially the Desert Hearts homies Mikey Lion and Deep Jesus who always leave us begging for more. Not to mention Roman Flugel, Matthew Dear and Claude VonStroke, who all brought an eclectic touch to the atmosphere.
Fans who needed to get their fix of bass music need not venture to far from the Boat stage where G Jones, Hudson Mohawke, and Mija held it down throughout the weekend. Plus Griz, Zeds Dead and Bassnectar all on the main stage the final day proved to be a major highlight to cap off the event. with final day that was stacked with talent, it was difficult to stay in one place, which is just how we like it.
Although many patrons likely had the time of their lives, for those who have been to Mysteryland in the past the 2016 edition might have fallen a bit short. There was a reduction in stages and overall atmosphere, which made the festival seem like it was halfway put together. Maybe it's just this experienced, yet perhaps jaded, writer whose high expectations got the better of him. That being said, dancing to great music with wonderful friends is the ideal way to spend a weekend and Mysteryland took care of that in more ways than one.
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