With a last minute venue change, the chance of getting some rain and artists missing their flights, the odds where certainly not in favor for the first edition of Live Nation and Skills' two-day electronic music festival called 'I Love This City'. The Bay Area however, showed its love for dance music and with artists like TIESTO, AFROJACK and DAVID GUETTA all putting on amazing performances, it certainly was a memorable festival. The venue change was according to Skills due to production challenges, resulting in moving the festival to the Shoreline amphitheatre in Mountainview, California. Despite the relocation, organizers promise "multiple art installations, over 4,000 sq. ft of LED screens, and over 80 of Vau De Vire Society's most talented acrobats, aerialists, contortionists and burlesque performers." Free shuttle busses where provided from the original venue to Shoreline, smoothly for the amount of people it was transporting.
The event itself kicked off May 25th with 24 artists spread over 3 stages, the main attraction of the day, being crowd favorites, STEVE AOKI and DUCK SAUCE. CHUCKIE unfortunately never showed up and later announced on his twitter that he unfortunately missed his flight. The time gap was fixed by having San Francisco’s own TENDERLIONS play a guest set on the main stage. Steve Aoki who played an extended set, showed why he has been selling out venues across the world. It was a refreshing feeling seeing things like throwing birthday cakes into the audience and crowd surfing in an inflated boat becoming part of his regular routine. SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA’s SEBASTIAN INGROSSO was present, playing a massive set covering all his top tracks. Dutch superstar Afrojack was there to close things off for the night. Playing a variety of tracks, while even dropping a world exclusive of a new MICHAEL JACKSON – 'Bad' remix that had the crowd going wild.
Day two started off with the younger French star MADEON, who quickly got the entire crowd energized. The majority of the people on Saturday came to see LAIDBACK LUKE and Tiesto, who both played phenomenal sets. Tiesto played a lot of tracks off of his Club Life, Volume Two: Miami album, including the popular remix of Gotye – Somebody that I used to know. David Guetta finished the festival off by showing why he is the number one DJ ranked on The DJ List. Getting away with playing AVICII – Levels that had the entire crowd jumping up and down and confetti cannons firing high up in the air.
Live Nation's first massive EDM festival 'ILTC', was attendance-wise a success, but they have definitely a lot of room for improvement. Things like changing the venue, rude personal and changing ticket prices, made the event seem somewhat mediocre. They however already announced on their Facebook that they definitely will be back next year, let’s just hope they can give us something that can compete with the current rise in electronic music festivals.
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