By Prachi Kamble
March 30 & 31st, 2018
The last two days at Seasons are always a star-studded affair. The festival’s Saturday and Sunday line-ups were well aligned with this very expectation and the organizers, BluePrint, decided to shake things up by experimenting with a wider variety of genres.
The week was well attended by a largely non-19+ crowd, so if you happened to fall outside of this demographic and didn’t think much of it, you were probably able to have a good time. Day One was headed by San Francisco producer Zhu, who is well known for keeping out of the spotlight and operating from under a shroud of mystery. Playing on a platform emblazoned with a neon-lit Zhu logo, the producer won the Seasons crowd over with the support of two skilled musicians. He was a favourite, no question about it. Leading up to Zhu’s set were Petit Biscuit’s softer sounds and guitar skills, Giraffage’s deeper, house sounds, and Mura Masa’s relaxed vibes.
Day Two showcased local celebs, So Loki, and the hardcore techno of Drezo’s set. What So Not showed us that he had upped his game from his last round of concerts. His playlist was accompanied by sophisticated visuals and an intricate set that deconstructed his songs and interspersed their individual elements throughout the evening as recurring surprises.
The crowd was clearly there on Day Two for hip-hop twins, Rae Sremmurd. The two rappers captivated the audience with their energy and playful stage presence. Their set proved that audiences would not mind an infusion of hip-hop into festival line-ups this year.
Compared to last year’s festival, this year the attendance seemed slightly lower and the enthusiasm a smidgeon reduced as well, although the stronger acts were still able to pull crowds to similar extents during their sets. It was hard to discern whether the crowd comprised of actual fans or teenagers looking for a safe space to party. The soul of the festival as a result, was regrettably missing.
Over the last few years, Blueprint has successfully scouted talent that was on the rise, right before it exploded on the international and mainstream scene, like Porter Robinson, Odesza, Duke Dumont, Dillon Francis, Matoma, Diplo, Bonobo and Cashmere Cat. This year also saw a significantly shrunken line-up as compared to yesteryear’s.
Could this mean that the golden age of EDM is coming to a close? Judging from Blueprint’s choice to give their most coveted spot to a hip-hop and trap act and the fierce reception that it received, the festival winds sure seem to be blowing that way.