The Shoreline Amphitheater welcomed a slew of today’s hottest EDM artists for a massive two day festival dubbed I Love This City. Electronic Dance Music has officially become a craze and engulfed radio airwaves as well as filled the world’s largest venues. David Guetta, Tiesto, Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki, Afrojack and dozens of others entertained the crowd and the massive Amphitheater was transformed into a giant party.
These festivals have been popping up across the country at the same pace the popularity of this musical style has grown. Rapidly. But, I Love This City delivered one of the biggest, most diverse offerings which gave itself an edge over the rest of the pack. Although, some weren’t very concerned with the music and were there to simply dance and ingest alcohol, among other things, the bulk of the artists were both talented and very entertaining.
The crowd was young, the dress code was wearing just enough to avoid arrest by the Mountain View police, and the long line of cars in the drop off zone contained parent drivers looking a bit nervous. The festival was exactly as expected and the music laid down the perfect soundtrack to the goings on that quickly became a friendly reunion between the concert going community which had gathered.
Adrian Lux was one of the high points during the second day of festivities. Although Lux performed before the sun had gone down and fans were still milling about, the set was solid and attention grabbing. Madeon is also a young talent, that looks even younger. The talent well won’t dry up any time soon for all those Vegas clubs and concert promoters.
The two day extravaganza closed out with a solid one-two punch of Tiesto and David Guetta. The two super stars delivered what was expected. The crush of fans became over bearing as competition for the general admission lower bowl seats became fierce. Beach balls made their way around the venue and the audience pulsed to the sounds from the two performers they’d waited all day to see. Did much of the music sound the same? Yes. But the fans are dedicated and created an environment that other festivals would envy.