Without a doubt, the worst part of a festival is the crushing (and inevitable) post-concert-depression.
Moonrise, a two day festival based out of Baltimore Maryland, is no exception. Arguably one of the fastest growing electronic + dubstep oriented festivals on the East Coast of the U.S. Hosting some of the largest names in the EDM movement, such as Zedd and The Chainsmokers, Moonrise also welcomed back familiar names such as Bassnectar and Yellow Claw.
One of the best elements of Moonrise is their inclusive attitude towards DJ’s of all kinds. Welcoming many Soundcloud favourites such as KRNE, Ghastly, Herobust, and NGHTMRE, the fans were ecstatic as these artists brought insane 808’s to the Solar tent. Moonrise also brought in many notable house DJ’s, playing an amazing array of sets from Sunset house to G-House. My personal favourite acts included SNBRN, Tchami, Vanic, and Oliver Heldens.
Over the weekend Moonrise supported a massive sense of community, and encouraged forging new friendships at every set you visit. Despite the crushing humidity and saddening overlap of some of my favourite artists, Moonrises open-arms policy to ravers of all ages and backgrounds was inspiring.
As the third year of Moonrise came to a close, it was not farfetched to describe the feeling of being on Pimlico race course as being anything less than a family reunion. I can only expect that next year will usher in an even more comprehensive line up, and encourage bass heads from around the country to take a visit!
We can’t wait to watch the moonrise again in 2017 🙂
Written by: Olivia Kingsbury