We couldn’t have waited any longer for the 5th Anniversary of BADASS Raves' Big Dub Festival. This year's lineup was a true testament to bass music taste, featuring an extensive selection of skill ranging from big names to local heroes. But even with all that talent, Big Dub has and always will be known for more than just good music; it’s homegrown roots dig deep, reeling in characters from up and down the eastern seaboard, assuring us that were not alone in our love for this event. The family atmosphere and intimate vibes of Big Dub rivaled those of legendary mega-festival Electric Forest, but without the massive trip, huge expense, and overcrowding.
In 2014, the ill-fated Camp Bisco was replaced by the short lived Hudson Project. After an even larger fail with that festival, Camp Bisco found itself with a unique oppurtunity for redemption. This year, Camp was back with another stacked eclectic lineup, but this time to a new location; ski resort Montage Mountain. Many of us were excited to have this mid-July spot once again booked on our festival tour schedules, and the loyal Bisco fam quickly snatched up the extremely reasonably priced tickets as soon as they were available.
Selling out mere hours after releasing the lineup this year, Electric Forest has built a nearly religious following in it's only 5 years of existence. One of the few festivals in the world that brings together live and electronic music harmoniously under one big umbrella of good vibes, it stays true to its jamband roots while cleverly integrating an assortment of top-billed EDM that is well parsed throughout the days and nights. We’ve seen lineups improving recently across the board, but have always found the forest ahead of the curve. This year, however, was our favorite one yet...