Summer Camp Music Festival took place for its seventeenth year over Memorial Day weekend at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois. The lineup featured artists from genres including jam band, electronic, funk, hip-hop, rock and everything in between.
It’s been over a month, but we still can’t get over how great some of the performances we saw at Summer Camp were! Continue reading to see photos and videos from some of our favorite performances from the weekend.
The Toronto natives have toured North America and parts of Europe on many separate occasions, but an opportunity for me to see them hadn’t arrived until Friday night. I watched as thousands of people poured in from the top of the natural amphitheater at the Moonshine Stage.
Zeds Dead’s performance took me by surprise when the duo dropped an assortment of future bass, dubstep, bass house and drum ‘n’ bass tunes I wasn’t expecting to hear during their set. Of course they mixed in some of their biggest hits, but it was songs sampled like ‘Same Damn Time’ by Future that really brought out the crowd’s energy.
My favorite moment was when Zeds Dead played their collaboration with NGHTMRE, ‘Frontlines’. My emotions soared as the future bass driven drop consumed me. As the second verse played out, I glanced around in awe at all people in attendance.
I could sense something spectacular coming when the song’s second build up boasted more power than the previous. My suspicion was confirmed when ‘Frontlines’ did not drop on cue. Instead, the song continued to build until delivering a dubstep drop that had me banging and shaking my head in disbelief.
Pretty Lights Live
Within minutes of arriving, the crowd nearly doubled in size and showed no signs of slowing down. I watched the band perform renditions of ‘Hot Like Sauce’ and ‘Let’s Get Busy’ from the front right side for the first half hour.
The combination of the crowd and the mud made it difficult to dance from where I was standing. I maneuvered my way back and found an incredible view of the performance.
Pretty Lights’ performance elevated as the sun started setting. By the time nightfall arrived, the band was playing at peak performance, finishing off with the iconic track, ‘I Know the Truth’. Watch the official Pretty Lights video recap from Summer Camp below.
Ganja White Night
Their performance was the perfect ending to my experience at Summer Camp. The crowd went crazy from the moment they stepped on stage. No time was wasted as the two immediately unleashed a wave of wobble that had the entire Vibe Tent bobbing in unison. The duo dropped one banger after another as the crowd continuously cheered for more.
One of the most memorable moments came towards the end of their set. I had no idea what to expect when the lights dimmed and the music faded out. Everyone was instructed to pull out their phones and other sources of light. The crowd swayed to the rhythm of beat. As the fader rose, so did my anticipation. The melodic moment turned magical when soft synths shifted the song into a future bass/wobble bass hybrid.
Honorable Mention: Bleep Bloop
Bleep Bloop on Saturday night was one of the most energetic sets I saw all weekend. One after another he blasted outer space inspired trap tunes during his Summer Camp Music Festival debut. Watch Bleep Bloop immediately capture the crowd’s attention with the unreleased collaboration he opened his set at Summer Camp with.
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Lift Spirits, Drop Bass.