Well, after attending Spookfest 2010 I can confidently sum it up in two words: Electro Death. My night consisted of Steve Aoki, MSTRKRFT, Dada Life, LA Riots, and Wolfgang Gartner, so you can definitely see why my description is so clear and succinct.
Spookfest is a two-stage festival put on by radio station Live 105’s Subsonic–their weekend EDM radio show–just outside San Francisco’s city limits. It’s held at the Cow Palace, which is also used to host rodeos, so it’s quite a large area. There’s the huge main room where the stadium is and also a very large secondary room for the other stage. Overall, I thought the talent distribution was decent, though moving between rooms was far too difficult through the narrow hallways packed full of people trying to get around. Add that to the fact that DJs were spinning hour-long sets, and Spookfest required a bit of planning to make sure you caught everyone you wanted to.
So what of the performances? My personal favorite was Wolfgang Gartner, who has consistently delivered with his sets almost every time I have seen him. It was great to see the electro house maestro headline one of the stages–he certainly deserves to be at that level. Dropping a very interesting, clean mix of funky electro house tracks, he did a nice job of keeping things varied and different from those who came before him on the stage. Illmerica live was also about as great as I thought it would be, putting smiles on everyone’s faces all around.
Dada Life and MSTRKRFT were tied for second in my book, each playing really awesome sets and revving up the crowd with their energy. The latter is especially true of Dada Life, who came dressed in ridiculous costumes (I can’t even tell you what they were–potatoes maybe?) and proceeded to drink champagne and eat bananas on stage. Seriously. I cant make this up, people. As expected, their new track Unleash the F***ing Dada was huge and got everyone dancing hard.
Steve Aoki played a set full of hard electro house tracks and was really into his performance, standing up on the decks as Turbulence with Lil Jon built up and dropped on the crowd. He also dropped an incredibly nasty new remix of Afrojack’s Polkadots–or that’s at least what he said it was…I couldn’t tell since it sounded so different. Speaking of Afrojack, though, I didn’t hear Take Over Control even once, which was extremely surprising. WTF?
So what else is there to say about this festival? Well, the crowd was pretty young. The minimum age was 16, but I would say that average age was 18–if that–so if you’re looking for a slightly older crowd, this may not be where you want to celebrate your Halloween. Besides that, it was a pretty well-executed event with only a couple technical difficulties from what I could tell. Hope our readers who were at the event enjoyed it!