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Paradiso Festival 2016: The Year of Bass

Photo: Kevin Brost

Saturday morning was a slow start thanks to our neighbors RV casting plenty of shade onto our tents. Temperatures in the AM, while higher than the day before, were still nothing in comparison to last year. We had a quick breakfast and decided to grab a shower and freshen ourselves up. After all, there’s nothing like the feeling of being squeaky clean and a fresh pair of undies. We made way back to camp, threw around the frisbee for a bit while debating who played the best set of the night. Shortly after 3pm we packed up our gear for the rest of the day and hit the lines to get in, and begin our day 2.

We felt as though we may have neglected the Digital Oasis on Day 1, so who better to welcome us than REZZ on Day 2. The young, up and coming producer put together a set as good as any seasoned festival DJ. We were really pleased with what she brought to the dance floor, and look forward to seeing more from her later this year.

Photo: REZZ Facebook

Photo: REZZ Facebook

Thankfully USC made a last minute schedule change to allow us to catch Illenium’s set right after at the Wreckage. We definitely had a few moments of teary eyes after catching a serious case of the feels. If this wasn’t enough, due to an unknown complication, Matrix and Futurebound weren’t able to play, so we got a B2B set from Illenium and Said the Sky. Basically, we were given 2 hours of some of Colorado’s finest melodic bass music, and couldn’t have been happier. After their set, another reassuring theme was pretty clear and that was surprise b2b sets. We all began to wonder what Day 2 would have in store for us.

Catching a short break between music, we decided it was time to refill our water containers and got some food. After refueling, we headed back over to Digital Oasis to catch our first glimpse of Datsik’s latest project Ephwurd. The newly formed bass duo featuring himself and Bais Haus making their PNW festival premiere. Originally, we were a bit bummed to not see Datsik on this year’s Shambhala lineup, but we highly suggest catching them in the Village this August.

Photo: Paradiso Facebook

Photo: Kevin Brost

Once again, night fell and like moths to the light, we headed towards the lasers. New World Punks were wrapping up their set on the main stage as the sun tipped past the edge of the Columbia River Gorge. Even if you’re not a fan of trance, any music fan would have a appreciated the combination of sight and sound.

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