CRSSD reveals Spring 2017 lineup

CRSSD Festival - Spring 2017 lineup

CRSSD Festival //
Waterfront Park – San Diego
March 4th-5th, 2017 //

Back for a third straight year, CRSSD Festival has announced the lineup for its Spring 2017 edition that should once again appeal to electronic music fans throughout California.

The bi-annual music festival will return to San Diego’s Waterfront Park for the first weekend in March boasting Flume and Duke Dumont as headliners. This will mark the first time either artist has been scheduled to perform at CRSSD, which made a big splash in its inaugural year and then kicked off festival season on the West Coast in 2016 with ODESZA and Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker) earning top billing.

Meanwhile, the undercard at CRSSD this spring looks particularly enticing between Blood Orange, Bob Moses, AlunaGeorge and Snakehips. Other notable names on the bill include Dusky (Live), Giraffage, Lost Frequencies, HVOB, Billie Eilish, Elderbrook, Kasbo, Rad Cat, Justin Martin, 2ManyDJs, Lane 8, Jackmaster, Skream, Horse Meat Disco, Cut Snake, Darius, Amtrac, Jerry Folk, Louis Futon, Wax Motif, Yotto, Seth Troxler and Eats Everything (B2B), Âme (Live), Recondite (Live), Damian Lazarus, RØDHÅD, Tensnake and Josh Wink.

See the poster above for the rest of the lineup. Advanced tickets for the 21-and-over event will be available here starting Tuesday, December 27th.

CRSSD Festival 2016

CRSSD makes a big splash in debut as 2015 festival season heats up

CRSSD FestivalBy Josh Herwitt //

CRSSD Festival //
Waterfront Park – San Diego
March 14th-15th, 2015 //

Music festivals rarely ever run smoothly in their inaugural year. Whether they are poorly timed, disorganized or just not well thought-out, first-time festivals often have their fair share of problems.

But Southern California-based event promoters Goldenvoice and FNGRS CRSSD are quickly changing the game after putting on a nearly flawless first edition of CRSSD Festival at San Diego’s Waterfront Park last weekend.

Bridging the gap between the EDM and alternative electronic worlds much like HARD Events founder and CEO Gary Richards has done with his own festival series, the two-day, 21-and-over event initially caught fans’ eyes with electro-rock bands like Empire of the Sun and Chromeo topping an impressive, dance-oriented bill that also included ODESZA, Flight Facilities, Hot Natured, Classixx, Maceo Plex, Justin Martin, Lee Burridge and Pete Tong.

Then, a month later, CRSSD organizers drew even more attention to the festival when they announced Phase II of the lineup, adding James Murphy, Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons and Trippy Turtle to an already stacked list of performers.

And with temperatures hitting the high 80’s on both Saturday and Sunday, CRSSD Festival couldn’t have served as a better warm-up (no pun intended) for Coachella, which, by the way, is only three weeks away.

Here are our awards from the first-ever CRSSD Festival.

CRSSD Festival - Empire of the Sun

Most Epic Set: Empire of the Sun

The Aussie glam-pop giant has been headlining festivals for a while now and continues to do so in epic fashion. Empire of the Sun’s live performance is as much of a spectacle as it is a psychedelic dance party, and when they intertwine the two so fluidly as they did to close out the first day of festivities at CRSSD, they’re able to leave lasting memories for both new and old fans.

CRSSD Festival - Chromeo

Biggest Dance Party: Chromeo

These two childhood friends from Montreal have been igniting dance parties all over the world since dropping their 2004 debut She’s in Control, and while their synthpop sound hasn’t necessarily evolved leaps and bounds over the last decade, they still know how to get a crowd moving, whatever the occasion may be. With the weekend winding down, you could find plenty of festivalgoers all over the grounds grooving to Chromeo’s signature brand of disco funk. We even saw people dancing on their way to the porta potties!

CRSSD Festival - Classixx

Most Uplifting Set: Classixx

As we found out at Treasure Island Music Festival last fall, LA electronic duo Classixx have come a long way since their early days remixing artists like Phoenix, Mayer Hawthorne and Holy Ghost! Scheduled to play the always-important post-sunset set on the Ocean View Live stage, they stepped up to the challenge and delivered one of the most awe-inspiring shows of the weekend. With their wide range of influences, the sky — especially when it’s tinged orange, red and blue — appears to be the limit for these two beatmakers.

CRSSD Festival - Lido

Biggest Surprise: Lido

Quite frankly, we didn’t know anything about Norwegian producer Lido (aka 22-year-old Peder Losnegård) prior to his 4:30 p.m. set on Sunday. Well, maybe we should have. After watching him drop remixes of Bill Withers, The Weeknd and alt-j all while maneuvering between keyboards, electronic drums and a variety of programming equipment, we were thoroughly impressed with this young stud’s skills. Oh, and his pipes aren’t shabby either.


Best Stage Visuals: ODESZA

The Seattle production duo has been on fire of late, and its Sunday night set was easily one of the most anticipated of the weekend thanks to the release of its second full-length album In Return this past September. While “Say My Name” has taken the airwaves by storm over the last few months, it was their stage visuals that really stood out. Artistic and abstract at the same time, you couldn’t help but stare at the huge LED screen directly behind Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight as they worked their magic on us.

CRSSD Festival - Robert DeLong

Most Enthusiastic Performance: Robert DeLong

Is there a more entertaining live performer in dance music right now than Robert DeLong? Whether he’s singing or banging away ferociously on the drums (his stage setup includes both acoustic and electronic), the 29-year-old Washington state native is one of the most animated acts in electronic music. Fusing house, moombahton and a handful of other EDM sub-genres into his Sunday afternoon slot, he showed an enthusiasm unparalleled to any other artist on the CRSSD lineup.

CRSSD Festival - Flight Facilities

Best Guest Performance: Flight Facilities

Since their inception in 2009, Australian production duo Flight Facilities have continued to soar by dropping new singles year after year. Exceeding all expectations at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco during Noise Pop 2015, they arrived at CRSSD on Sunday night and didn’t disappoint, employing guest vocalists like Brooke Addamo (aka Owl Eyes) to engage the crowd and supplement their disco-house grooves.


Most Under-Appreciated Set: STRFKR

Portland electronic quartet STRFKR have been going strong for more than eight years now. With four studio albums to their name, Joshua Hodges, Shawn Glassford, Keil Corcoran and Patrick Morris have continued to build on their synth-heavy sound. Unfortunately with DJ Harvey and Thomas Jack playing sets on the festival’s two other stages at the same time, STRFKR’s rather fun and upbeat performance on Saturday went relatively unnoticed.

CRSSD Festival - Goldroom

Sexiest Stage Presence: Goldroom

We unexpectedly caught Goldroom at Lightning in a Bottle a couple years ago, so we were already familiar with Josh Legg’s breezy, chilled-out arrangements. But somehow we did forget how sexy Mereki Beach can be when she takes over the mic, as she strutted her stuff in her shiny kicks midway through Goldroom’s Saturday afternoon set. With Legg getting the live band back together, fans of the LA-based act should be seeing a lot more of Beach.

CRSSD Festival - Slow Magic

Most Mysterious Performance: Slow Magic

One of the biggest enigmas in electronic music these days is the man behind a Technicolor wolf mask. While his identity still remains unknown to most, his fans know him best by his stage name Slow Magic (read our review of his SF show from the fall). Though a small, yet passionate crowd assembled for his early-afternoon set on the main stage Sunday, you had to feel for a guy wearing a mask and playing drums in almost 90-degree heat.

Five reasons why you won’t want to miss CRSSD

CRSSD FestivalBy Josh Herwitt //

CRSSD Festival //
Waterfront Park – San Diego
March 14th-15th, 2015 //

Making its debut this spring at San Diego’s Waterfront Park, CRSSD Festival is the newest music festival to call California home.

Los Angeles promoter Goldenvoice and San Diego promoter FNGRS CRSSD have teamed up to assemble an eclectic lineup of electronic talent, one that’s suited for a more sophisticated, mature audience with headliners like Empire of the Sun, Chromeo, Justin Martin, Jamie Jones and more. Simian Mobile Disco, Classixx, ODESZA, STRFKR, Flight Facilities, Breakbot, DJ Harvey, Robert DeLong, Lee Burridge, Pete Tong and Aeroplane are some of the other names rounding out this year’s impressive two-day bill.

With CRSSD serving as a nice warm-up before Coachella in April, here are five other reasons why you’ll want to be in SD for all the festivities.

5. Tickets are going fast

Both early-bird and advance tickets are sold out, and only weekend GA passes, which started at $85 and are now up to $145, are left for purchase at this point. You won’t want to wait until the last minute to buy your pass and risk seeing the festival sell out.

4. There are more than just DJs

Portland-based quartet STRFKR provide an intriguing blend of synthpop and indie pop, while Robert DeLong and Slow Magic employ the one-man-band philosophy when performing live. Trust us, your weekend down south won’t be filled with only a bunch of button pushers.

3. You will definitely dance

With Empire of the Sun and Chromeo leading the way, there’s little chance that you won’t be dancing your ass off by the end of the night. Not to mention, electronica vets Pete Tong and Simian Mobile Disco certainly know how to throw down, too.

2. The location

Overlooking the San Diego Bay, Waterfront Park offers one of the best backdrops you could find for a music festival. Between the sunshine and sweet tunes, it’s sure to feel like mid-summer in mid-March.

1. The music

While the lineup leans heavy on the electronic, there is enough talent from top to bottom to keep you entertained and not overwhelmed over two days. With its laid-back vibes, CRSSD feels like it could be a perfect fit in sunny San Diego.

Waterfront Park - San Diego

WIN TICKETS: Hercules and Love Affair (live), Tensnake at Mezzanine 9/26 (FRI)


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Hercules and Love Affair, Tensnake //
Mezzanine — San Francisco
September 26, 2014 (Friday) //

Full-band funk house party starters Hercules and Love Affair are coming to the Mezzanine this Friday. Shades of Chicago house, electro, and techno all appear on the newest album, The Feast of the Broken Heart. All of these influences sum up to one central theme: making you dance. If you’d like to see the unborn child of the Scissor Sisters and Holy Ghost, I’ll see you at the Mezzanine on Friday. -Steve Wandrey

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WKEND MIXTAPE V13: Poolside • Tensnake • Alex Metric


We have three new mixes this week from Poolside, Tensnake, and Alex Metric to get your weekend started right.


PoolsideStir It Up

Our first mix eases us into the weekend with Poolside’s distinct “daytime disco” sound. As summer begins this is your beachside soundtrack combing the Brazilian vibes of Gilberto Gil with their own laid back tracks and edits. I challenge anyone to listen and not want to escape to the sun for an impromptu daytime dance party.


TensnakeSolé x THUMP Fixtape Vol. 26

Next up is German DJ/producer Tensnake, an artist we’ve featured here before, offering up a mix for Solé and THUMP. This mix is a perfect follow up from Poolside, starting off slow with tracks from Kraftwerk, Fort Romeau, and Chicken Lips to build up to house and disco jams from Nancy Whang & Audiojack, Blende, and Aksel Friberg. This one is a slow burner and definitely worth checking out.


Alex MetricHard Summer Mixtape 2014

Wrapping up this week’s mixes is another artist we’ve featured before, British DJ/producer Alex Metric. This time he is back with a mix for the Hard Summer festival taking place August 2-3 in Los Angeles. He starts things out with “Galaxy”, his collaboration with Oliver and builds with tracks from Tensnake, Duck Sauce, Riton, and remixes from himself, TEED, Aeroplane, Prins, and Sould Clap.

Check out Alex djing tonight at Audio in Soma. Tickets are still available here.



Welcome to another week of great mixes. We start off with Tensnake, move to the funky vibes of DJ Nu-Mark, and finish with the latest episode of Pretty Light’s “The Hot Sh*t” radio show.


TensnakeCover Mix

Our first mix is from German producer and DJ Tensnake with Mixmag’s latest cover mix. Opening with a track from Nicolas Jaar, the mix weaves through nearly an hour of tracks from the likes of Metro Area, Dave Clarke, Matthew Johnson, Kron, Kim Brown, PHM, No Regular Play, and Tensnake himself.

Tensnake is headlining tonight (Friday, March 21st) at Mezzanine. Tickets are still available here.


DJ Nu-MarkTake Me With You

Next up is a funky world mix from DJ Nu-Mark of Jurrasic 5 fame. Nu-mark sums this one up best:

I was inspired to make a mix that captures funk inspired ethnic rhythms from music I’ve collected on my tours/travels around the world from Samba, Cumbia, Latin, Afro-Beat and Balkan Beat. This mix is intended to travel with you on your next tropical adventure to paint the musical background for your trip. When you’re headed out the door for your next vacation “Take Me With You”.


Pretty LightsThe Hot Sh*t, Episode 121

We end this week with the latest episode of Pretty Light’s mix series for SiriusXM’s Electric Area. This long running show airs each Wednesday and Saturday, offering a consistent mix of tracks from Pretty Lights and friends. This week features his own tracks alongside tracks from Paul Basic, GRiZ, Elliot Lipp, Break Science (who were great last night at the Independent), Chrome Sparks, and What So Not. Enjoy!

WIN TICKETS: Tensnake at Mezzanine 3/21


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Tensnake with Huxley, Cooper Saver, Brian Tarney, Split //
Mezzanine — San Francisco
March 21st, 2014 (Friday) //

Mezzanine is presenting one helluva dance party on Friday night, anchored by German deep-house madman who goes by the stage name of Tensnake. After gaining much notoriety with 2010 breakout hit, “Coma Cat”, Marco Niemerski has reached the next level with the March release of his debut album, entitled Glow. This Astralwerks release is getting immediate attraction via the first single, “Love Sublime” featuring the powerhouse duo of Nile Rodgers and vocalist Fiora. With just a pinch of pop mixed into Tensnake’s mix, it equates to dance floor success. The youthful UK house upstart Huxley is also featured on the bill so arrive early to get in on the next big thing.

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