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Festival season occurs typically in the summer where music fans can dance in comfortable clothing in the warm weather, however in Canada the party never stops. Montreal has been graced with their successful winter festival, Igloofest every year, but 2013 was time for Toronto to add to the winter festival line up. Brrrrr!
Organized by Live Nation, Electronic Nation, Destiny Events, Embrace and Balance Inc., Brrrrr! set out to give Toronto a taste of festival season a little earlier into the year with added layers and warm drinks.
Getting into the event was easy; there was no hassle getting your passes and tickets for entry. As you arrive to Echo Beach you see the stage and lights stand out in the skyline of Toronto as the music plays from the distance.
The security on festival grounds was confusing because they did not allow sealed water bottles inside the venue. However it was stated on the official Brrrrr! website that you could in fact bring in sealed water bottles.
The VIP areas included patio heaters and also private bars where patrons got their drinks from. There was a heated dome area with Corona beer kiosks that served beer. On the outskirts of the area bars offered drinks along with a cup of hot cider as chaser which was neat and added to the winter vibe of the festival. As the winter staple beverage, hot chocolate was also served to attendees.
The heated dome provided a lounge experience with couches, tables and promotional material. It didn’t completely drown out the music but you could also have audible conversations with your friends inside. Crowd control in it was on point. Surprisingly it never got too busy so and getting around in it was easy.
The whole festival included two stages. On day 1 the stage near the entrance accommodated all the techno talent while the main stage had all the electro and progressive house DJs. Day 2 was flipped around.
Friday evening had a lot of house energy. Mord Fustang played familiar electro bangers that had the crowd going crazy while things were a little low key in the techno area. Without a doubt the headliner, Moby stole the show. The voice sample from “Natural Blues” pierced the crowd as he mashed it up with other beats; the crowd was bouncing throughout his entire set. The conclusion of his performance however left the crowd in shock. Moby took off his shirt and stood up on the DJ booth, several members of the audience followed suit.
The second evening felt much calmer than the previous. Techno took over the main stage; the bass had everyone moving, the attendees enjoyed themselves. The second stage had a lot more activity on the second day of the festival. Danny Avilla and Deniz Koyu played some of their progressive flavours for the crowd. By the time Dubfire got behind the booth, everyone flocked to the main stage, a wonderful closure to the event.
The only problem with Brrrrr! was that there wasn’t much going on aside from the stages. Perhaps some more art displays would have added more to the experience. The fire pit was a great idea; more of those would have kept the crowd a little warmer. The ice sculpture at the entrance was a great touch, perhaps more of them with themes and a variance in shapes and sizes would have made a great addition to Brrrrr!
Overall Brrrrr! was a good experience and definitely something that makes Toronto a more vibrant city to the international electronic music world. Toronto loves to party; rain, shine, snow or wind and Brrrrr! proved this very well.
Checkout some of our favourite shots from the festival:
Today, tickets for Coachella 2013 already went on sale. This was just announced a week ago and I’m still sucking in my three day experience that happened only a month ago. Unfortunately, I won’t be attending Coachella next year as I have plans for Ultra Music Festival in Miami. BUT, for those who are planning to buy their tickets for Coachella, I have several tips and some experiences from what I witnessed when I went. I hope you take some of them into consideration as they will make your trip to Indio better and even more memorable.
Check out my recorded videos of Coachella at YouTube.com/user/RoomNoise09/videos
1. Go With a Group of Friends
Luckily, I went with a group of 10-15 people. We all stayed at the same hotel, but went to Coachella at different times throughout the day. We always scheduled a time and place where we could all meet to see a band that we enjoyed. I spent most of Coachella with my best friend but even then, A LOT of people from what I witnessed went with a huge group of friends. It’s harder to maneuver across the huge crowd if it’s just two people. The more friends, the better to get around the crowd. The average was from 4-7 people, I find that going with a medium size is ideal because you have friends to enjoy that live experience with.
- Have a meeting spot if someone gets lost (Ex. A1 Speakers on Mainstage).
- You will barely get any signal when you text someone, so add the time you texted them.
- People would carry a tall stand or wear a large hat so that you won’t lose track of where your friends are going in the crowd – many people did themes for their group.
- At the end of the night, if you lose your friends – just meet them back at the hotel or camping spot. It’s pretty much a stampede trying to find someone then!
2. Drink Lots of Water & Bring a Hoodie
Thank god they only sell water at Coachella for $2.00, what I did was kept the water bottle (or bring your own) and refilled it at the water stations. Keep a map/schedule with you, because those show you where the water stations are when you’re dying of thirst. You’re in the dessert for god sakes and in the sun from 8-12 hours – you do NOT want to spend $300 on a ticket and get a heat stroke.
During the day it gets really warm (25-30 degrees) but at night, you’ll pretty much freeze to death. So bring a sweater or a scarf to keep yourself warm after sunset.
- Have someone in your group bring a small backpack or bag to keep essentials (water bottles, sweaters, etc).
3. Save Your Favourite DJ Sets for a 19/21+ Event
One major mistake I made was seeing all the DJ’s that I haven’t seen before at Coachella. You gotta remember that if you’re legal drinking age, then save these DJ’s for your hometown show. Coachella is an all-ages event, so do you really want to be in a crowd with teens who’s never been to a rave for the first time? I found it difficult to enjoy a show when there were teenage girls around me arguing if they should go to another tent.. or taking a shit ton of pictures of themselves (get out). Most of these DJ’s will cater to the crowd, therefore they will only play what people know. I’ve heard the same five tracks at four different DJ sets.
Unless you know that DJ rarely tours or goes to your hometown – then check them out!
4. Pick Your Bands Wisely
Schedule conflicts; it’s bound to happen. Tough decisions must be made and most of the time you gotta plan it out logistically.
To choose between the two bands with the same time slot, ask yourself/friends:
- Which band is most likely going to be doing a show near you? See the one that won’t come to your hometown or ever have the chance to see again.
- Do a vote between your friends – majority wins.
- Which band did you listen to first? See the one you’ve devoted the most listening time to.
5. There’s A LOT to Do, But Barely Any Time to Do All
You’re obviously at Coachella for the music, but there’s also an art gallery, installations, beer gardens and a damn ferris wheel! You’re not going to have enough time to do everything, so when you do have time in between bands, rest and go around to check things out. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to do much, but I know that Coachella schedules artists on certain days for a reason. Best day to take it easy and check things out is on the Saturday. You know you’ll go crazy on the FIRST and LAST day of the festival, so use Saturday to buy merch or get a CD signed by your favourite artist.
6. See New Bands – Even if You Haven’t Heard of Them
Say that you really don’t want to look around Coachella, then check out an artist you haven’t heard of before. There can only be two outcomes, you either hate it or like it! Every tent has a different crowd, what better way to meet new people and listen to something you haven’t before. I had the best time seeing Flying Lotus, I must say he was my favourite set. You’d be surprised by taking a chance at a band/artist!
7. Security Lines: They Do Body Checks – Twice
Worst. Part. Of. Coachella. The first day we lined up for nearly two hours just to get in! They did body checks on everyone… twice. Make sure you get there at LEAST an hour before the scheduled band you want to see. The last thing you want is waiting in line while you miss your favourite band on stage.
- Drugs, they look through everything: between the legs, under your bra, whatever zippers and sealed items in your purse. Guys, tape it you-know-where.
- They will not allow open commercial water bottles or juices.
8. ENJOY YOURSELF
Try not to get in a fight, I saw plenty of girls cry because they got in a fight with either their girlfriend or boyfriend. Come on, it’s a music festival. Bring a camera, keep hydrated, enjoy the scenery and music.
This poster is 100% accurate:
First of all, I know I’m a horrible blogger for barely posting anything in the past month. But what can I say? I was super busy from hearing all these crazy festivals hitting Toronto this summer! I hope my readers will be stopping by to this beautiful (and crazy) city to check out the numerous concerts that are brought to you by fellow music promoters.
Within just one month, four major new festivals were announced through social networks with some of the biggest international DJ’s and Producers headlining it. Toronto is used to having to accommodate weekly EDM events throughout the city, but having a two day, 12 hour festival featuring various genres of the EDM community? Never. That’s why I’m more excited than ever to be living in Toronto this summer to experience all four hometown shows, I hope all of you have the same opportunity as well.
To celebrate these announcements and welcoming, as well as promoting international to local DJ’s, I have compiled a list of mix tapes of DJ’s that will be hitting Toronto this summer. Because believe it or not, this summer will be all about the EDM Festivals.
Enjoy these mix tapes, it will keep you hyped until you see these guys live!