Yeah, that is a bummer. I've wanted to see Crystal Method live since the 90's. There's still plenty for me to be excited about. Hopefully if they are replaced, it will be somebody on par with the Crystal Method, and not some sub-par pop house or trap dj. I'd say there is a good chance they end up at another USC show soon. Maybe Freaknight.
Last Edit: May 16, 2013 15:20:03 GMT -8 by Cysquatch
Holy shit, I got an email saying I won VIP tix to Paradiso. So, now I may have 2 extra GA tix and a camping pass. Any body want some cheap tickets? Only bad thing is the VIP tix are probably will call, and I won't let my GA tix go until I am guaranteed entry.
Wow, congrats Cysquatch! I don't have any money otherwise I'd be willing to buy your regular passes at a reasonable price. When I won the tickets for Sasquatch it made my whole experience immeasurably better (even though I only got $250 since I gave one away and sold the other for cheap), I hope you have the same results.
Overall this festival was a positive experience for me, and I thought the crowd was fairly chilled out. The vibe was decent. There were people of all ages. I never really reached the point where I was super annoyed by anybody, except one dude that looked super tweaked and threw a drink by the honey buckets. I can get annoyed by stupid people pretty easy too.
Like last year the sound and the stage production was pretty tight. I think unless you don't like electronic music, you could have found a stage to be at at any given time.
I did get around security pretty easy, but was going through the VIP line. It looked like the regular line was going a lot slower with bags getting checked.
It was hot as fuck, and a lot of us didn't have a transition period going into that kind of heat. It was a heat wave. USC did tell people it is going to hot and to drink water and there will be water available. They actually did a decent job of that. This was an 18+ show and with everybody being adults nobody should have had to have been told to be careful what kind of substances you ingest. It sounds like whatever was going around was pretty bad stuff. That on top of the heat definitely had an impact. It is sad the negative press that is being generated, because I thought it was a great time.
It blows my mind how much better the sound is at Paradiso compared to any other show I've been to at the Gorge. Especially the "Digital Oasis" stage which is the "Bigfoot" stage at Sasquatch. Step your game up Sasquatch!
Gramatik was my favorite act by a mile. His funky chunes, awesome mixing, and live guitar all added to the funkiest dance party of the weekend. I was also really blown away by Markus Schultz, Eric Prydz, and Savoy. Mainly because those artists actually played original music and not the regurgitated mainstream EDM a lot of the other artists were playing over the weekend(I'm looking at you, Kaskade). Overall it was a blast but I think a lot of that had to do with all of my friends who I went with. I think I'll be going to Electric Forest or Shambhala instead of Paradiso next year. The acts/crowds at those festivals are way more up my alley. Paradiso has just been convenient the last two years because it's relatively cheap and close.