This past Easter long weekend marked a truly unique experience for our extended Blueprint family. As Seasons Festival celebrated its fifth anniversary, with an astounding 20 events spread across 6 venues, Vancourites showed an overwhelming amount of support, and community, for our first truly city wide festival: at the epicenter of this achievement sat #Season2015’s main event—the 2 day monolith at the Pacific Coliseum.
Basking in the success of Contact Festival’s unprecedented scale at Vancouver’s most prestigious venue BC Place, Seasons Festival brought a diverse array of artists to celebrate with us this Easter long weekend. For dance music fans who were looking for a little touch of that summer festival magic, this was it.
While certain lineups may garner late attendance, the Pacific Coliseum was bursting with life and continually flooding with festival attendees before the sun set on both nights.
Day One began with the Vancouver festival debut of Canadian bass-don Grandtheft. Blasting the crowd with original remixes, he had the crowd’s avid attention the second they walked through the Coliseum doors.
Alison Wonderland may have been the biggest surprise of day one. Hailing from Australia, Seasons Festival was Alison’s first North American set and emotion was running high. Regardless of whether you arrived as a fan, or not, Alison’s excitement and technical prowess drew in and won over nearly everyone in attendance.
Next up Robin Schulz led a marked departure from the night’s Mad Decent stylings and took festivalgoers on a melodic escape, packed with sing-song fan favorites, and progressive vibes.
Following after Dillon Francis, closing Day One headliner Diplo delivered exactly what the crowd wanted. Francis decimated fans with an hour of moombahton madness and zany rainbow visuals, while Diplo offered the perfect mix of classic hip-hop and over-the-top bass heavy beats.
After day one presented dance music fans with the best showing of festival bass music since Contact 2013’s heavy hitting lineup, day two was all about the Vancouver stadium debut of progressive house deity Eric Prydz.
With many attendees returning for round two the energy at the Coliseum did not wane, in fact, the majority of the crowd seemed to continually build their energy and anticipation rolling out of day one. Now the audience new what to expect production wise—and they wanted more.
With SCNDL and Cashmere Cat laying down a solid foundation for the night Vancouver favorites Tritonal took the stage to an already amped crowd. As always their set was energetic with the perfect blend of genre’s Tritonal have come to know and love from Chad Cisneros and David Reed.
Next up Papi Gordo aka Carnage took the stage, bucket hat and all, ramping the audience into complete overdrive. With every thundering twist and turn, every hip-hop infused hook, Carnage had the Coliseum eating out of the palm of his hand.
Closing out the night Eric Prydz laid down a dark gritty, vocal-less, progressive techno set very much in the vein of his underground moniker Cirez D. Many didn’t know what to expect with Carnage opening for Prydz, however, the legend proved himself adaptable to any situation. After bridging the gap seamlessly Prydz capped off his musical journey, and the night, with thirty minutes of vibrant vocal driven uplifting progressive house. It was perfection.
Each and every year Seasons Festival continues to grow and every year our Blueprint family rises to the occasion. #Seasons2015 was yet another blissful weekend full of unforgettable sets and priceless memories. Without a doubt it is you, our loyal patrons, who continue to remind all of us at Blueprint just why it is that we throw these events. If you keep coming, we’ll keep planning.
With good vibes from #Seasons2015 abounding…here’s to Seasons Festival 2016.
– Ryan Hayes
(Photos provided courtesy of Brendan Leong)