Summer is here…which means its festival season! The east coast hosts a number of notable festivals such as Electric Zoo, Camp Bisco, and Electric Daisy Carnival. However, there are only a few festivals that have been able to match the substantial energy and passion that Starscape brings to Baltimore. Since June of 1999, Starscape has been providing bass lovers with some of the biggest names in today’s electronic music scene. This year’s Starscape Festival was a prodigious start to the massive lineup of festivals that lie ahead this summer.
The festival consisted of five stages that individually held their own unique atmosphere. With performances from Chase and Status, Dada Life, Beats Antique, Dillon Francis and Flux Pavilion, one can already assume the diverse feel of this festival.
The Main Stage held some of the biggest names in electronic music today, such as Wolfgang Gartner, Chase and Status, Modestep, Flux Pavilion, Shpongle and more. I liked how the stage hosted a diverse line up of electronic acts and not just the mainstream artists you would normally hear on the Top 40 list. In addition, the Main Stage was relatively open and spacious giving us EDM lovers plenty of space to groove.
Now let me just say this is my second Starscape Festival, last year being the first, and I still have no idea where the Fort Stage is. Considering I attended last year, I figured I would have a better sense of direction this time around…false. I am thoroughly disappointed in myself, especially since I missed performances from Brown & Gammon and Plan B. Oh well. One of my friends was lucky enough to stumble upon the stage, and she said it truly represented the essence of “The Garden of Eden” theme Starscape was trying to go for this year. Right on! Considering I didn’t really get that feeling anywhere else on the festival grounds.
The Dub Nation Beach Stage along with the Sunrise Stage were my favorite stages at the festival. Both of which held tremendously talented artists from very eclectic mix of music genres, all located adjunct to the Patapsco River of Baltimore. The Dub Nation Beach Stage held some of hottest names in grime and dubstep such as Skism, Figure, Cookie Monsta and Moombahton stud Dillon Francis. Aside from the clouds of dirt and sand being kicked up from the festival go-ers, I would say this was the ideal vantage point to watch the sun set. As for catching the sun rise, the Sunrise Stage was evidently where you should have been…who knew? A little different from the rest of the festival, this stage was home of the instrumental artists. You know those things people play in front of an audience, like guitars and drums, instead of today’s generation of Dj’s fiddling with their Macbooks on stage. Catching acts like Papadosio, Beats Antique, and Conspirator was definitely a much needed refreshment.
Now what would an electronic music festival be without a dance tent filled with a bunch of sweaty hyped up kids jumping around with glowsticks? Well, Starscape’s Bassdrop Dance Tent was that in a nut shell. Although experiencing some technical difficulties and power outages, this tent held its own! Between the limited amount of dance space, lowered tent (causing it to be extremely hot), and hundreds of fans jumping up and down with smiling faces listening to EDM’s famous Dada Life, Zedd and up and coming artist Lucky Date, while experiencing massive snake figures spitting out laser beams into the crowd, I would say this was definitely the place to get pumped up!
The Starscape Festival 2012 was definitely a positive experience. With a great assortment of popular music artists and alternating vibes from stage to stage, there was no time to be bored. And with the 16 hour time-frame, there wasn’t much time at all. You’re in it from start to finish at Starscape, and I can’t say I don’t wish it was longer.
Take a look at all of the crazy happenings at this year’s Starscape festival in the official photo album.