Oct 02, 2012
LT3 @ Counterpoint Music Festival
Big Gigantic - Rise & Shine (Original Mix)
Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix) [Island]
Big Gigantic - Rise & Shine (Original Mix)

Counterpoint Music Festival made its first-year debut last weekend in Fairburn, Georgia for three days of electro-madness, carnival rides and local cuisine. Kicking off on Thursday September 27, Counterpoint boasted a stacked lineup including heavy-hitters like Bassnectar, Avicii, and Pretty Lights. The music flowed freely across the 350-acre campgrounds of Bouckaert Park as attendees explored the four massive stage setups, viewed live art instillations and lounged in hammock cabanas.

For a first year festival, Counterpoint was a huge success. The main music area could have been more centralized, the crowd double in size, but the performances were stellar and the vibe was incredibly positive. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year as this fledgling festival grows into its full potential.

Most Played Track: Florence + The Machine – Spectrum/Say My Name (Calvin Harris Remix)

Is this track the new Levels? Progressive house producers and dubstep mainstays alike dropped this sultry banger from sun up to sun down. Florence Welch’s addictive voice invites us into her story of undying love while Calvin Harris gives us a bouncy chorus that has our arms reaching sky-high. To the macho fratbros I caught stifling their smiles–step into our judgment-free zone and jam out unreservedly; it’s a guilty pleasure for us all.

Too-Big-To-Ignore Trend Alert – Trap Music

It’s amazing how many DJs threw down the dirtiest trap music in their libraries this weekend. I guess it comes with the territory considering trap music’s deep-rooted history in Atlanta. Trap literally took over the festival, so much so that 12th Planet departed from his dubstep arena to dedicate the last fifteen minutes of his set to the subgenre. Everyone from Adventure Club to Laidback Luke jumped on the bandwagon, spraying listeners with the signature sound of chopped-and-screwed goodness.

Best Visual Performance – Alesso

Maybe Skrillex setup included massive video screens and Bassnectar towered over his glowing LED stage-front, but Alesso takes the cake on this one with his intricate lighting show. Lasers at every corner of the stage blasted frenzied beams of white light through the crowd while strobes of color danced complex sequences on the ceiling. Coordinating fog blasts with the deepest drops in the set, Alesso proved his talents as a live performer and left our eyeballs drunk on light.

Most Danceable Set – Steve Angello

Steve Angello came to Counterpoint ready to demonstrate his skills as a solo performer after this summer’s breakup of his EDM supergroup Swedish House Mafia. Laying down banger after banger, Angello spun an uptempo set of tracks like Axwell’s In My Mind and Dada Life’s Kick Out The Epic Motherf*cker. At one point, the Swedish producer got on the mic and said he wanted to “do something special” before instructing us to sit down and pop up at the drop of SHM’s Save The World Tonight. Needless to say, the crowd went wild as we forgot about our tired feet and let the music do the moving.

The Set We Wished Would Last Forever – Big Gigantic

Big Gigantic closed out the first night of the festival with a rambunctious collection of songs that we couldn’t help but bop along to. The funktronic duo opened with an insane instrumental solo followed by their synthy hit Rise & Shine. The set offered a slew of upbeat jams like Fantastic and Wide Awake, topped off by the debut of a brand new track that’s dubby and jazzy in all the right ways. And even though we never wanted it to end, Big Gigantic ironically closed their performance with a funky rendition of Flux Pavilion’s dubstep banger I Can’t Stop. The duo set the tone for an incredible festival to come.