258 days ago, BC Place danced to the beat of a new generation. Alight with the glow of over 23,000 attendees, a Vancouver dance music record, Contact Festival triumphantly declared that dance music is here to stay.
Flooding the streets with colour, a new breed of partygoers freckled the downtown core with bursts of euphoria as Contact’s spirit cut through the dreary grey of winter and a relatively obscure community came of age. It was a musical statement so clear and bold that Vancouverites had no choice but to take notice.
Before the lineup was unveiled Blueprint released a Contact announcement video which has scored over 70,000 hits on YouTube to date: highlighting the power of Contact Festival and its ability to ensure that dance music’s footprint continues to grow. Contact 2013 saw its youthful attendees shoot and tag over 10,000 Instagram photos. It comes as no surprise then that Contact also broke Vancouver’s all time social media record by sharing a staggering 12,000 pictures and tweets over the two day event: to put this in perspective the annual Festival of Lights which sees an average of 1.4 million guests only received 4,000, that’s 8,000 less than Contact Festival.
During day one of the festival clean crisp bass reverberated through the bowels of BC Place declaring the true power of #FVDED’s rising underground culture. With world class bass pioneers Skrillex, Diplo, Baauer, Flosstradamus, R.L. Grime, & Cashmere Cat compromising sixty percent of the festival’s lineup, one thing was clear: Vancouver loves its bass loud, hard, and scuzzy. Once again displaying an impressive show of cultural magnitude, Nardwuar interviewed Diplo on day one and the video has racked up over 224,400 YouTube hits.
On day two, Kaskade began his closing set with a flurry of lasers providing Contact with an influx of house flavoured beats. Syncing BC Place’s circular stadium lights to the bump and grind of live beats was not only a spectacle for Contact’s 23,000 attendees but also the casual passer-by. The stage was accompanied by an all-out invasion of circular rigged lighting, providing enough glitz and glamour to keep even the most ardent critic entranced. Rounding out Contact’s house music offerings were: Dada Life, Dirty South, MakJ, and Lazy Rich.
As a thirteen-hour experience, Contact ensured that dance music was no longer lurking on the fringes of society. Luckily festivalgoers were gifted two world class recap videos as LA’s GLENJAMN made his inaugural trip to Canada specifically for Contact’s striking visuals and top-tier lineup. It was the largest dance music spectacle and social media event in Vancouver history and all those who attended Contact 2013 played a part in Blueprint’s very own Cultural Revolution.
Only 100 days left until the revolution continues with #CONTACT2014 and another 2-day serving of dance music’s finest. Just as last year took a massive leap forward #CONTACT2014 promises to push the boundaries even further. Stay tuned for an artist announcement soon.
– Ryan Hayesget tickets