How I Saw The xx at The Observatory

After tickets for The xx show at The Observatory sold out in 20 minutes, I found myself at a loss. A friend and I had been wanting to see them for awhile now, so when the weekend of Sept. 23 approache, we were determined to finally make it happen.

For those of you who do not know who The xx are, think back to Project X. That’s right. In addition to the movie’s famed “Heads Will Roll” A- Trak remix, The xx’s “Intro” was used to close out the film. The band consists of three members: Romy, Jamie and Oliver. Together, the three of them create sweet, sweet indie pop sounds.

As we stood between the bar and the entrance to The Observatory, my friend and I had to painfully hear songs such as  “I Dare You” and “Say Something Loving” through the walls. We couldn’t take it anymore. So, we did what any self-respecting fan would do – we just snuck in.

I am not writing this in hopes that you will sneak into Observatory shows or give you a “how to” guide – that is not my intention. But, desperate times call for desperate measures. With the help of an old yellow receipt in my purse, some tape and a heck of a lot of confidence, my friend and I flashed our makeshift wristbands and booked it into the crowd. We were in, SUCCESS.

After hearing songs such as “VCR “and “Shelter,” we were hooked. The performance was amazing thus far, but then the Jamie xx solo happened. Jamie not only played his hit song, “Loud Places,” with his bandmates, but continued on as he freestyled his way to his new remix of the group’s song, “On Hold.” The crowd went absolutely nuts when Jamie’s bandmates then came out to perform the full song.

I have been to many shows, but I have never witnessed a crowd like that one. It was truly amazing to be part of something so magical – applause and cheers went on for 3-5 minutes at a time. It was evident that although small, the venue was packed with loyal fans who could not contain their love for the British trio. If you ever get the chance, even if you are not familiar with The xx, I 100 percent recommend seeing them play anyways (buy a ticket).

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CRSSD Fall ’17: The Highlights

The past three times I have attended CRSSD, I have never been disappointed, and this year was no exception. With sunshine, sparkles and delicious cocktails surrounding me, I found myself in pure bliss once again at Waterfront Park for the bi-annual house festival. Despite the absence of Damian Lazarus & the Ancient Moons,  this small San Diego festival has once again satisfied my House x Techno sweet tooth.

Unfortunately, it was impossible to see everyone on the CRSSD ’17 lineup, but hopefully I am able to shed some light on what went down this past weekend.

Weekend Favorites:

Chris Lake:
After hearing Chris Lake’s 2016 single, “Operator (Ring Ring),” at practically every stage during CRSSD Spring ’17, it was expected that this English artist would dominate with his own set at CRSSD, and boy did he! Chris Lake did not hesitate to bring all he had, as he hyped the crowd with recent hits such as “I Want You” and “Nothing Better.”

 

Hotel Garuda:
As someone who has already seen Hotel Garuda twice, I was shocked to find that their CRSSD set strayed from the usual, and let me tell you, IT SLAYED! In previous set’s, Hotel Garuda is know to get groovy and yes, even a little dirty in their beats. But, over the weekend, they pleased festival goers with a nice balance of funk, house and the “Feels.”

 

RUFUS DU SOL:
Speaking of the THE FEELS, this Australian trio is unlike any other, making you feel things you didn’t think you could in musical performance. The live version of their hit song “Innerbloom” is the epitome of them as a group. RUFUS DU SOL is one of my favorite artists of all time and I was thrilled to finally see a full RUFUS set. Their set embodied everything CRSSD! The unity, the love, the vibes!

 

The Black Madonna:
ALL HAIL THE QUEEN! Meet the woman who defies what it means to be a female DJ. Although many may have been unfamiliar with her name, The Black Madonna truly put her stamp on the festival with a remarkable set that was somewhere between disco and techno. With her DGAF attitude, The Black Madonna poured her energy into the crowd.

 


Song of the weekend:

17 By: MK

Played both at Hotel Garuda and The Magician’s sets, the presence of MK was heard as his new single 17 was played multiple times throughout the weekend. As a performer last year, and inspiration this year, MK proves time and time again why he continues being a huge part of house music 28 years later.


CRSSD 2018?

Carl Cox: If you want an OG house DJ, look no further than the father himself. Carl Cox began his career back in the early 80’s and has continued proving to the world why he is a house God. To have him at CRSSD would be legendary, and I for one, would LOVE to see that happen.

Hayden James: Following the line of amazing Australian artists, Hayden James is not very known here in the U.S. – but don’t be fooled. Signed under Future Classic with other artists such as Flume and Chet Faker, (who both previously performed at CRSSD) James shows true promise as a stand-alone artist with truly unique sounds.

Disclosure: Many know Disclosure for hit songs such as “Latch” and “You & Me,” but that is not all they should be known for: Disclosure is known to put on some amazing DJ sets. Disclosure is more than a few pop songs, and is a house duo that would put on a great CRSSD show if given the chance.

 

 

CRSSD: Fall 2017 Preview

Although new to the music festival scene, CRSSD has made a name for itself among SoCal residents and beyond. It is a truly unique festival that comes around every 6 months, having both a fall and spring show every year. Returning for its fall ’17 run on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, CRSSD has a hard-hitting house lineup sure to give true electronic fans what they’ve been waiting for. Coming from the minds of Fngrs Crssd and Golden Voice (the same organization that does Coachella), CRSSD taps into the underground sounds of house, deep house, tech house and other sub-genres to create an electric and vibrant atmosphere right here in good old San Diego.

Located on the bay of downtown San Diego at Riverfront Park, CRSSD offers amazing views of the city and shores of San Diego. And, the park has a quaint grassy area lined by fountains to give festival goers a one of a kind experience.

In the past, the festival has seen many mogul acts: Empire of the Sun, Lane 8, Justin Martin, Odesza, Miike Snow, Zhu, Flume and Claude Vonstroke, to name a few. Unlike most festivals, however, it is not the big acts that draw the crowds, but the more obscure underground artists that fans don’t get to see often. The fall ’17 linup includes Rufus du Sol, Richie Hawtin, Hot Since 82, Hotel Garuda, Chromeo, and many others.

The best part of the festival, though, is THE PRICE. Now-a-days, it seems that people are willing to pay more and more for music festivals. But, why pay more? CRSSD offers 50+ artists in 2 days for $135.00. When tickets to see just one artist can range from $35 to $100+, it’s safe to say this festival is a real steal.

Unfortunately, the festival is 21 and over, so for those of you who are not of age, I apologize. But, be sure to look into the festival when you are of age!

For those 21 and over who’d like to attend, you can buy tickets and see more of the lineup here.

Personally, this will be my fourth time attending CRSSD – and as the price and lineup are hard to beat, I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. For those of you who will also be attending, stay safe, stay hydrated, and see you there!

Featured Image from crssdfest.com.