Interview with Thomas Gold: How to Produce Music on Tour, Finding Inspiration, and What It's Really Like to Tour America
August 4, 2016
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - Dance music fanatics from all over Southern California flocked to Orange County's beaches for Sundown Music Festival last weekend, an electronic music festival right on the shore. In just its second year, the upbeat festival expanded to 2 days, boasting 4 stages and plenty of rides and thrills, keeping the energy very alive. Taking place from as early as 11AM until 9PM, the name "Sundown" was interesting as the party was certainly wild all day long under OC's sunny skies.
To give patrons a unique experience, there were fun activities besides music to keep the end-of-summer days long and fulfilling. Exciting rides ranged from the classic Ferris Wheel and Swings, to several water slides for cooling off, and even more extreme options included Zip Lines, Stunt Jumps, and Bungee Trampolines. Patrons could grab drinks at many different bars throughout the beach, which prevented long lines or crowds, although the event was well-attended. Along the perimeter, vendors allowed you to play with Hoops, Flow Toys, and other rave-ready items.
The production was top notch - absolutely booming sound, so loud that you could hear it from the Huntington Beach neighborhoods that surrounded the area. Perhaps the beach breezes carried the sound, because there wasn't a single silent spot within festival grounds. VIP areas had Cabana Access along the sides of the stages as well as balconies overlooking the mainstage. It was also noteworthy to see that each stage had a theme - my favorite being the Shipwreck stage, looking like a giant Pirate Ship crashed on the beach.
While the lineup brought a heavy dose of house and big-room acts, the event was also colored with trance, trap, and a mix of club DJs. Headliners included Cedric Gervais, Erick Morillo, Michael Woods, R3hab, NGHTMRE, Tommy Trash and Shaun Frank, among others. You could also catch upcomers on the hammock-adorned Beach Club stage if you wanted to stray from the mainstream madness, like the surprise favorite VNSSA on Day 1, who kept us in paradise with beachside beats.
Without a doubt, the combination of energetic music, waterfront location, late Summer weather, and wild rides truly created an exhilirating party atmosphere at Sundown. Everyone seemed to be in a cheerful mood, free with more than enough space to dance and roam as well as a variety of environments to choose from. In obvious terms, hosting a festival on the beach is a clear recipe for success, as it already screams good vibes. If I had any suggestions for next year, I would recommend more shade, a few more alternative DJs for the indie fans, and most importantly, free water for the safety of fans. However, for aiming to be the "Ultimate Beach Party and Music Festival", Sundown Music Festival successfully hit the nail on the head.
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