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Sundown Music Festival 2016

Sundown Music Festival was held last weekend at Huntington State Beach. This was a more smaller scale festival as it only took a small portion of the beach. Looking from the outside of the venue, it looked like the beach was hosting a huge carnival with a lot of bass. There were three stages at the event: Wet Electric Stage (main stage), Shipwreck Stage, and (Not so) Silent Swing Stage. These stages were jammed packed with music all through the weekend with good vibes and great people. No matter what type of music it was people were dancing their hearts away.

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Wet Electric Stage

Saturday had perfect sunny weather. The Wet Electric Stage (main stage) was filled with energetic people throughout the day. Electronic dance producers’  Cedric Gervais, WIWEK, and R3HAB dominated the stage in the day as NGHTMRE and Tommy Trash lit up the crowd at night. The stage was set up with insane visual effects to enhance the artist’s performance.

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Shipwreck Stage

On Sunday the weather had a bit of an overcast but that didn’t stop people from partying. The Wet Electric Stage (main stage) tore down its screens for a more suitable stage for live performances. Miami Horror, New Politics, Robert Delong, and Awolnation took over this day. Unfortunately, the audience was not nearly as big as the previous day. Everyone seemed to stray off to the Shipwreck Stage which was the main EDM stage. Erick Morillo was the main headliner for this stage being his 2nd year in a row at this festival.

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WIWEK – Wet Electric Stage

It’s quite interesting how big the dance scene is getting. With an event of 21+ year old just wanting to party, electronic music seems to be a more popular choice to listen to at these events. It makes sense. Electronic music is very repetitive and it makes you want to dance. Also, DJs play more mainstream songs which are more suitable for everyone who just want to be there to party. The festival should have scheduled the main stage better through the weekend. They should have set up the schedule where they have both genres on each day, instead of dividing EDM artists on Saturday and Alternative – Indie rock on Sunday.

img_1758Other than the music, who doesn’t love a good festival without its attractions? It was beautiful riding the Ferris Wheel and the Wave Swinger as it overlooked the whole festival from above. There many other fun rides such as water slides, a mechanical bull, bungee jumping and a zip line. They also had live art and a ultralight water tattoo station.

Sundown Music Festival had a really chill atmosphere. People were lounging under umbrellas or laying in the sand. VIP had their own lounge areas with bean bags and hammocks. Special reserved cabanas were offered at the event as well.

img_1889Overall, Sundown Music Festival was pretty awesome. It was another weekend for us human beings to escape reality. The event ended early though at 9pm because Huntington State Beach closes at 10pm.img_1909

Photography by RJay Quiocho

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