Wetsteppers - After taking a hiatus to work on production, local crowd favorites the Wetsteppers brought their bouncy breakbeats back to their loyal local fanbase Friday afternoon at the main stage. Big dubbers showed up in numbers, twerking hard for their triumphant return.
2Rip - As one of the founding minds behind Big Dub Festival, Chad Bozzarelli aka DJ 2Rip has had the pleasure of watching this festival grow from a small gathering of friends who loved to party hard, into a sold out multi-stage 5-day music and arts festival. As a seasoned DJ his passion for the scene has grown him a formidable fanbase. Playing a sunset set at the main stage on Friday night, 2Rip picked up where The Wetsteppers left off, moving through some well-dug remixes of crowd favorites and throwbacks, including Dillon Francis' remix of Oliver's 'Night is on my Mind' moving into Milo and Otis' electro/dubstep remix of 'Wonderwall'. Check out his full set HERE.
Alvin Risk - Its no secret that we're huge OWSLA fans here at FRL, so seeing Alvin Risk's name headlining the Friday night schedule was a real treat for us. We were THRILLED to hear some new electro-house IDs mixed in with some of our favorite old throwbacks, taking us back to the heyday of Dubstep and Electro house. We lost our shit when he dropped an old favorite of ours, his remix of 'Dirty Dancer' by Oh My!
Charles Feelgood - Another pioneer of the house music scene in the states, Charles cultured the crowd with his signature soulful sounds: flamenco backed by 70's funk, jazzy deep house, and tribal trap.
Frankie Bones - One of the great forefathers of house music threw down one of the most inspiring sets of the weekend. Drawing influence from decades of experience, he kept the main stage bumping with everything from acid to techno, mixed masterfully between genres.
Dieselboy - Closing out the mainstage for the festival was American Drum & Bass legend Damien Higgins. His recently released 87 minute megamix 'The Destroyer' set the tone for incorporating Breakcore and Jump-up tracks with his traditional Techstep/Hardstep style.
Doing it right! (...in the big Dub)
- Bathrooms - Were pretty much everything you could ask for. As a fully functioning retreat campsite, Four Quarters Farm has permanent outdoor bathrooms with plumbing and showers for use FOR FREE at all of the major campsites. This is all in addition to plentiful clean port-a-potties, and outdoor communal showers at the swimming hole.
- Theme Camps - Over a dozen separate, camper-curated camps dotted the camp-scape; as they were announced and planned online, ticket holders were encouraged to find a theme camp to join, and participate in planning and decorating. Theme campers began arriving on Wednesday night, and were allowed to drive in and unload their decorations and extra supplies. Check out a few of the unique camps:
- Morning Yoga & multiple massage, reiki and healing arts focused camps were available to soothe the tired bodies and spirits of campers and staff alike.
- Seminars Galore - Starting as early as 10 am seminars filled the upper field, pavilions and even some of the larger theme camps, as patrons came to improve their skills or learn something new in a staggering variety of workshops and demonstrations.
- Fireworks - Many of the displays we've seen at big music festivals didn’t quite stack up to this experience. Taking place directly over our heads, the Big Dub closing fireworks ceremony was the imax version of a 4th of July celebration. Check out this video by YouTuber 'buddugan' that shows just how incredible it really was!