Being able to enjoy a high number of quality acts at Paradiso is something we’ve become accustomed to. Acts like Above & Beyond, Skrillex, Bassnectar, and more have graced the main stage at The Gorge, and we can’t wait for what 2016 has in store. With less than a week until we’re back in Paradise, we have *almost* everything in order. Last week, we were graced with the set-times for Paradiso, and now we have a bit more to figure out. With two days, three stages, and dozens of our favorite artists, conflicts are always going to be an issue.
As is the case with most issues, there is a solution to these conflicts. Not everyone’s solution may be the same, and at a festival like Paradiso, there aren’t any wrong decisions. From the main stage to the bass stage, and beyond, there are many sets that we wish we could see the entirety of, that we sadly cannot.
So, we broke down a few of the conflicts that have us preparing our plans a little more intensely than the rest. It’s a problem that every festival loves to have, and is a major reason summer is our favorite time of the year. Thankfully, the weather this year is looking perfect for stage-hopping all Paradiso long, and we’ll be taking full advantage.
Friday, day one of Paradiso, is full of difficult set-time conflicts. The first big issue on our schedule is when Herobust and Cash Cash perform from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., on The Wreckage and Main Stage respectively. Herobust’s live-sets are never disappointing, while Cash Cash is a trio that the Northwest always turns out for. Dividing time between sets isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but it usually seems to be the best option. We’ll be dividing time between sets shortly after 8 p.m. as well, when Alison Wonderland performs at The Wreckage from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m., and Thomas Jack takes over the Digital Oasis with his tropical tunes from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Those conflicts are tough, but it doesn’t get much more difficult than the trio of acts performing from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. Dirtyphonics will be blasting bass all over The Wreckage, while R.L. Grime will be on the Main Stage. After making time for those two incredible acts, we’ll then be running for Gorgon City’s DJ set from 9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at the Digital Oasis.
There’s no rest for the Northwest raver, and the penultimate sets for each stage on Friday of Paradiso 2016 will provide challenge for all in attendance. The bass-heads will surely be enjoying the treat that is Cookie Monsta b2b Funtcase at The Wreckage, while Dillon Francis brings the moombah to the Main Stage from 11 p.m. – 12 a.m. If that’s not enough for you after a full day of festival fun, trance legends Aly & Fila will be at the Digital Oasis from 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. We wouldn’t be able to resist catching at least a glimpse of all of these sets, so we’ll have our running-shoes ready, water bottles full, and schedule in-hand.
The second day of Paradiso 2016 features dozens of great artists, and a few more tough conflicts as well. The first on our list comes at 8:30 p.m., when a couple of great bass-heavy acts go up against one of the most talented producers in dance music. Madeon will be performing a DJ set at 8 p.m. on the Main Stage, while bass veteran Bro Safari is on The Wreckage stage and Ephwurd at the Digital Oasis, both at 8:30 p.m. We’ll be checking out Madeon to start, and then running to the side-stages frantically as we try to catch a bit of bass.
We’ll be headed back to the Main Stage shortly, though, for New World Punx, who’s set begins at 9 p.m. But, we won’t be there for long, as we’ll be attempting to decide between up-and-comer NGHTMRE at The Wreckage, or the legendary BT at the Digital Oasis from 9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. New World Punx is an act that always delivers, and following the duo with either the bass-fueled NGHTMRE, or melodic-maestro BT, is a win-win for all involved.
All of this running around ultimately leads us back to the Main Stage, never a bad place to find yourself at The Gorge. The Chainsmokers, as Main Stage an act as there is in dance music, will be setting the stage for Hardwell when they perform at 11 p.m. We wouldn’t miss their set, but we’ll have to cut it short when we try and decide between checking out 12th Planet or Andrew Rayel. A bass music mainstay who never disappoints, 12th Planet is performing at The Wreckage at 11:30 p.m., while Andrew “Baby Armin” Rayel dazzles the Seattle Trance Family at the Digital Oasis. Whether you’re wanting to close our your Paradiso experience with some uplifting trance or some head-banging bass, USC Events has you covered.
Let us know which of the set-time conflicts at Paradiso 2016 are giving you the most trouble and how excited you are for one of our favorite festivals of the summer! Comment below, on Facebook, or reply on Twitter!
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