By: Lacy Bursick
Imagine Festival brings its wild, underwater theme back to Old Fourth Ward Park and Masquerade Music Park in downtown Atlanta, GA once more August 29-30.
With it come costumes, late-night after parties, and a huge gathering of truly united fans of cutting-edge dance music. Here are just a few of the acts that we’re looking forward to seeing.
G Jones is the first hot new DJ on the block in a while to design his own sound. It’s a mix of trippy beats with heavy trap bass lines that genre junkies are calling sometimes dubbing as “future bass.” He has tagged his music as street bass and also trap, but it has a more psychedelic feel than most trap. Whatever it is, it’s fun to dance to. I’ve seen him hype a club in San Francisco, I’ve seen him open for Bassnectar (twice), I’ve seen him rock an after hours set and I plan to see him bump at Masquerade Music Park. He’s the hot new thing in electronic music and he’s only going to blow up more.
Papadosio is my favorite band. My love for them stems back to my first music festival 5 years where they headlined. After that, I looked them up and began attending more festivals where they were playing. If Papadosio is on the lineup, I know there will good vibes. Their music is positive, uplifting and promotes a good message. I have driven cross-country to see these guys. They’re the perfect mix of electronic and jam band. And they’re entertaining to watch too, Mike Healy, the drummer, has one of the most contagious smiles I’ve ever seen.
My favorite headliner on the lineup so far is definitely GRiZ. His sets are always different because he plays for the crowd. I’ve seen him drop so heavy dubstep that I’ve turned and looked at someone and asked, wait is this GRiZ? Then he whips out that sexy saxophone and switches up the dance floor. It’s the perfect amount of whomps with brass. The guy has a lot of musical talent and produces a very unique and entertaining show.
The Crystal Method
The Crystal Method has been around since the 90’s and still rocks it out harder than most DJ’s. They are veterans of breakbeat and trip-hop, defining heavy bass drops and masterful synths for many producers to come. Even though they’re 20 years in the business, their music is always evolving and staying current. They are an electronic duo that feels like a rock band. They make you want to jump around and get rowdy.
Lil Jon DJ Set
…Because since when does Lil Jon DJ? I have a feeling it will be a set full of YEAHS and OKAYS but the mystery of his music has me anticipating this act. He has collaborated with several electronic DJs making hit songs, so I want to see what his DJ set will be about. I’ve seen DJ Snake play “Turn Down for What” and I thought that was going to be as authentic as my go-to party song could get. I was mistaken. Now I get to hear Lil Jon yell Turn Down for What live in person. My party-girl life is made.
With city festivals, transportation and lodging choices multiply. There are dozens of hotels located within a 15-minute drive of the event. Also, there are several campgrounds inside and outside of the city to make taking advantage of the balmy southern summers easy.
Fans can also take a bus, ride a bike, or take the MARTA lines into the city, and then Uber from nearby stations to the festival grounds with ease. There is more than one way to get to Imagine.
The festival is going to have some really great headliners. We really love artists who have distinct styles, and this lineup really does have something for everyone. Visit imaginefestival.com to grab your festival passes now!
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