LED Anniversary 5 Electrifies San Diego

Valentine’s became more Valen-turnt this year, as local San Diego production company, LED Presents, held their fifth annual LED Anniversary on Valentine’s Day, this past Sunday, February 14th. Couples and singles alike flocked to the Valley View Casino Center in Point Loma, appropriately dubbed the LEDome, as it has become home for the biggest electronic music events in San Diego, and a central hub for electronic music here in Southern California. Keeping the dance floor packed from 9pm to 4am, concert goers made this Valentine’s Day a night to remember.

I got into the doors right at 9pm to catch the first act, Jackal. Bringing a mix of high-energy tracks with heavy bass lines, Jackal got the party started right away. Oddly enough, he was followed by resident Australian DJ, Hook N Sling. His broad electrohouse sound left party goers in a mixed state, as Hook N Sling’s mellow track selection and long-dragged out mixing seemed to loosen the vibe solidified by his opener. Next up was CRNKN, an up-and-coming trap producer. His sound has varied from track to track, and I feel his 40 minutes was not enough for him to deliver exactly the set he wanted to. Though he hit all his main points, his sound was all over the place as an artist.

Trippy Turtle, otherwise known as Lido, has become a fixture in the Jersey Club genre. Full of sensual thumping bass lines and high-pitched bed squeaks, fans of his sure had a blast. But for me, it was hard to sit through an hour of the same sonic structure. I did enjoy his brief interlude of 90’s throwback hip-hop, which always seems to get the crowd jumping here in the West Coast. Former LED DJ, SNBRN, went back-to-back with Shaun Frank, and delivered a surprisingly heavy house set, reminiscent of old school ’90s rave nights. Though on their own, they have a more laid back sound, their back-to-back brought high energy for those looking to dance the night away. Definitely one of the big surprises of the night for me.

By midnight, the LEDome had gotten ratchet. With Dotcom and Ookay behind the decks, they delivered two hours of in-your-face party music. Growing up in San Diego, Ookay brought the heat and nearly took the roof for LED Anniversary. Surprise guest, Jauz, came back to San Diego after his sold-out LA tour which featured more surprise guests than we could count. Closing out the night, was one-half of the Dutch giants, Showtek. I wasn’t expecting much from their set, as Showtek had a very minimal impact in 2014 and 2015, a steep drop off after dominating the airwaves in 2013. I wasn’t a fan of the initial announcement that Showtek would be headlining LED Anniversary, as I wasn’t expecting them to bring anything new, especially after closing less than two years ago. They had a live MC, which seemed unnecessary to me. I wasn’t planning on getting yelled at to “jump” at 3:30am. Though they closed the night with their throwback track, “FTS”, they did the same exact thing back for LED Anniversary 3. Except that time they were actually trying to give a “F*** ”  you to “The System” and stayed on the decks 20 more minutes before clearing off.

Overall, the music was lit for a Sunday night. Whether you were single, or with your significant other, I hope you all had a blast this Valentine’s Day

Alek Sanchez