With two months left of summer, Soulstice leaves an impressionable mark on the season. Taking place at The Midway in San Francisco, the festival consisted of three stages equipped with stacked line-ups and glowing production sets.
Future bass influencers Manila Killa and ARMNHMR headlined the third annual event. The music gathering also saw hard-hitting performances by G-house master Wax Motif, trap and melodic bass craftsman Luca Lush, NightBass tastemakers Jack Beats, and more!
Soulstice featured a variety of current genres and rising talent at each of the three stages. The Sunset Stage was obviously placed outside and featured a backdrop of a giant hand that detailed Astro-palmistry, revealing the connection between planetary positions within the palm lines. The stage was dressed gorgeously with an arrangement of flowers, and featured a mix of future bass and house artists.
The Select Entertainment Stage (Friday)/Space Yacht Stage (Saturday) was placed indoors with a vivid square shaped LED platform where the bassy house producers performed. If the mind-bending visuals weren’t enough to lose you in a trance, Emazing Lights’ gloving members were brought out for the event to perform hypnotic light shows.
The Soulstice Stage included geometric shaped LED panels that projected visuals in a three dimensional aspect. This indoor stage was featured in the main room, and welcomed a mix of headlining future bass and trap artists. As you ventured between stages there were glowing art installations that radiated along the halls throughout your journey.
Kicking off the festival, SoCal based producer Kogeema opened the Sunset Stage and brought the grimy UK basslines and futuristic house beats to the speakers. Shortly after, beat stylist Hungryboy mixed it up with flawless transitions between techno, deep, and bassy house, and even dropped an appropriate remix to “San Francisco” by Scott McKenzie. The famished producer also began to follow a theme of food related tracks for his mix such as DJ E-Clyps’ tech house song ‘Pancakes’, which lit up smiles across the dance floor. Other artists that hit the Sunset Stage for the weekend were M3RC, Jackal, BENZI, to name a few. Gaining attention from AC Slater and the renowned music blog Earmilk, M3RC dropped a heavy NightBass influenced set that heated up the outside stage.
The Select Ent & Space Yacht Stage for Friday and Saturday night saw energy-filled sets by Maximono, Phlegmatic Dogs, London Bridge, Dom Dolla, Bijou, Wax Motif and more. Maximono played a killer tech-house set that undoubtedly left the crowd speechless; dropping hits like “Semi-Automatech” by Distinkt. Hailing from Australia, Dom Dolla has earned support from Pete Tong and Tchami. Safe to say, he did not come shy to the decks for his Soulstice set. He mixed in a slew of tracks from AfroJack’s remix to “Cool” by Spencer & Hill all the way to CamelPhat’s hit track, “Cola”. Wax Motif closed the house stage Saturday night with a bassy and wobbley mix that left the crowd jamming until the last second. He played unexpected crowd favorites as well as, tracks from his latest Forsaken EP.
After selling out shows in LA at the El Rey Theater, Manila Killa and Robataki took their success to San Fran and headlined the main stage for Soulstice. ARMNHMR, Luca Lush, Luude, and Yetep graced the Soulstice Stage as well, and brought the heavy feels for the weekend. Manila Killa had zooming galactic visuals and dropped tracks by Big Wild, Jai Wolf, and Odesza. Smiles were infectious throughout the room and left goose bumps on many. Luca Lush diversified his mix as he built the crowd up with melodic feels and released them into trappy drops; mixing up emotions in the best way possible.
Launching in Summer 2016, Soulstice flourishes yet again for its third annual event. Presented by White Rabbit Group and Vital Events, the founders continue to bring top quality event production and sensational artist selections. Years prior, they have showcased What So Not, AC Slater, Christian Martin, Mr. Carmack, and many more.
There is something special about the environment and vibe that Vital Events and White Rabbit Group creates. There is this intimacy that connects you with the other festival goers in the room. There’s also this underground impression that paints exclusivity, and makes you feel like you’re apart of something remarkable growing.
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