Where: Four Quarters Farm - Artemas, PA
Tickets: Wednesday Entry - $150 Thursday Entry - $130
Doing It Right!
Upgraded Layout: More tickets meant more campers, and this year Badass added additional campsites and the option to car-camp at the upper meadow to support this year's expanded patronage. Expanded camping in the forest and an additional vendor village & food area in the lower camp kept traffic moving throughout the upper and lower parts of camp while expanding purchasing options for patrons. A more centrally located Medical Tent with additional staff support was put to the test this year, caring for both partiers and staff with ease and professionalism.
2rip and co. Silent Disco Sing Along: Big Dub co-founder Chad Bozzarelli (DJ 2rip) plays a few sets at Big Dub each year, but probably the most popular one this time around was his Silent Disco set at the Pavilion stage Friday night. For that hour, hundreds of voices passionately belted out the likes of Blink 182 and Queen into the dark night as 2rip weaved some of our childhood and adolescent favorites together in our headphones. Coverage for the headphones blanketed the main camp, so no matter where you went in the venue you could hear someone singing along, making this family sing-a-long the perfect close to our first evening on the mountain.
DANCESAFE plus: While BADASS has always eagerly welcomed DANCESAFE on site, we were extra thrilled to see the line for judgement-free testing that seemed to be ever-present at their newly expanded testing tent this year! We spied many MANY informational signs posted nearly everywhere on the mountain with reminders to those partaking in party favors that Dancesafe was offering FREE testing with no questions asked at their booth, and the response from the campers was awesome! We're so thrilled to see harm reduction getting a chance to work as it's intended to, and we're pleased to see our Big Dub family taking care of themselves!
Doing It Wrong!
The few people who suck at life: that girl who angrily posted on FB because didn't bring basic supplies like food and water and those assholes screaming at the top of their lungs in the early hours of the morning. Congratulations, you guys win our 'Biggest DIX of BIG DUB' award! Fuck you very much :D
Luckily, by and large the festival family at Big Dub is truly incredible, and we found almost nothing to complain about the entire weekend!
The Wetsteppers - One of the most fun sets of our entire Big Dub was that of local fan favorites The Wetsteppers. Spinning a high-energy hour of breaks, bounce and trap at the pavilion stage Saturday night, DJ duo Jake Amora and Jess Rabbit kept the overflowing dance floor sweating to a well-balanced set of IDs and top 40 remixes. We carved out a little corner for ourselves amidst chants of ‘Fuck Real Life!’ from the crowd as The Wetsteppers lead the Pavilion in an old fashioned sweatbox rave in their FRL shirts. If you missed out on the set, keep your eyes peeled for it on their Soundcloud or catch them (and us!) at Badass’ Nightmare Festival this Halloween!
Crizzly - One of the most anticipated sets of the weekend was Austin native DJ/producer Crizzly headlining the main stage at the Stone Circle Saturday night. Somewhere between wild house party and dance-hall marathon, we heard everything from the filthiest dub to the most gansta trap for an hour of relentless Crunkstep. After passing out pizza and playing well past his midnight curfew, Chris then entertained the crowd’s demand for an encore with a premiere of a new track he claimed to have just finished. Boy, are we glad we decided to film it; get ready folks, we’re all too excited to hear his new jam, "FRL" being played at shows and festivals nationwide!
Liquid Stranger - Martin Staaf's signature sinister sound rained down shivers on the crowd Friday night at the Stone Circle. Liquid Stranger stands apart from other dubstars, playing everything from ambient and jazz to electronic and pop, truly melding genres together to create an entirely unique experience. Check out his new release 'Bounce' for a sampling of the noises which had us creep-walking through the main stage crowd with abandon. We'll definitely be catching Martin delivering his internationally influenced dub, drum & bass and chill step vibe again soon.
KJ Sawka Vs. Ill Gates - By far the most moving musical performance we’ve ever witnessed. Both artists, well vetted by collaborations with Excision and Bassnectar, entertained us with a theatrical backstory to their show; a "UFC: Ultimate Fighting Championship" parody called the “MFC: Midi Fighting Championship”. The two spend the first hour battling with broad range of individual live sets that showcased their sick sound designs. While that was all sorts of impressive, the coup de grâce was Ill Gates uplifting speech on competition vs. collaboration that segued into their jaw dropping duo productions sparking unanimous roars among the crowd. That moment had the entire festival captivated with creativity; we couldn’t help but feel immersed in their ingenuity and inspired by their sentiments.