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Imagine Festival 2019:Under The Sea Adventures

Imagine Festival 2019:Under The Sea Adventures

Brandoux Bell

September 27th, 2019

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On September 19th the sixth annual Imagine Music Festival kicked off at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It brought together music fanatics from all over the country to enjoy four electrifying nights of camping, activities, and of course performances from some of the biggest names in the world of electronic music. 

Imagine Festival is one of the largest independently owned and operated music festivals in North America. It’s fair to say that this event has been a staple in Atlanta over the last few years.

Oceania Stage

The Pre-Party Begins on Thursday

You could feel the anticipation building as early arrival for the festival began on Thursday, September 19th. Hundreds of eager festival goes began to arrive in the campgrounds and started setting up their camps.

The early arrivals were treated to activities like karaoke and a Kandi/ Totem meeting at the IHEARTRAVES Captains Quarters. Along with this was full programming on the Disco Inferno stage inside the speedway, for the pre-party later that night. The pre-party brought with it special performances from the likes of Sullivan King, Blunts & Blondes, Kai Wachi, and Space Jesus. Meanwhile, artists doing live painting greeted the guests on their way to the stage. It was warm welcome indeed. This helped feed the excitement with a small taste of what was to come over the next 3 days.

Disco Inferno Stage

Many of the Festival’s Amenities

Walking around the event, one of the first things you notice is there was no shortage of vendors. This was the case for both in the speedway and throughout the campgrounds. There always seemed to be something interesting to stop and look at while exploring. Finding something to satisfy your cravings was never much of an issue either. The food trucks scattered around the festival offered a delightful variety of delicious options from all over the world. These included a surprising amount of great vegan options as well.

The general store proved to be a quite convenient location for all your last minute camping necessities. The store included items such as pillows, blankets, propane tanks, refrigerated goods, water jugs, and a range of toiletries. Several shower locations were also provided for campers to freshen up throughout the weekend.

Another nice touch were the very handy charging stations. Imagine even offered mobile battery pack rentals. This allowed you to simply swing by the booth to exchange your old battery pack for a fully charged one. This way you could keep your electronic devices charged at all times without needing to wait around. After all, there’s no time to waste with so much partying to be done!

Imagine game room/ ball pit

Friday Starts the Festival with a Bang

Friday morning came along and campgrounds quickly began to fill as the festival was now in full swing. In no time there were thousands of excited attendees swarming the grounds, and camping stages started pumping out tunes.

Attendees began making their way up to the speedway around 4 pm, eager to explore more of the festival grounds. The main stage (Oceania stage) was now open along with the Sixfeathers, TechYes, and Disco Inferno Stages. Highlights for the night included sets from Rezz, Matoma, Svdden Death, and Rusko. Dubstep fans also rejoiced as Disco Inferno came to life with a special Grave Gang B4B set (Subtronics, Boogie T, Squnto, & He$h).

Diplo unfortunately was unable to make it for his headlining set on the Oceania stage. However, Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal) took Diplo’s place to give the night a proper closeout. Needless to say, Shaq brought the heat with some heavy dubstep tunes. He even jumped in the crowd to do a little moshing with fans himself.

Let the Afterparties Begin

With the main event ending around 3 am, people began heading back to their camps. However, the party was far from over. The campgrounds lit up with a slew of lights, lasers, and late night parties.

Wandering around, you were likely to stumble upon one of the many stages located throughout the camps. DJs were up and ready keep the energy going at all hours of the night. The silent disco ( one of the largest in the country) certainly lived up to our expectations. A surprising amount of people packed into the area to grab some headphones and continue to dance the night away. The Port Royale stage stayed open 24 hours a day for the remainder of the festival. The RV camps were also popular spots for party animals. Many of the camps brought their own DJ and sound equipment to throw parties of their own.


Let the Party Continue on Saturday

There was still plenty of energy to go around Saturday morning. Saturday single day passes had completely sold out and the festival expected their highest attendance all weekend. A Vegas-style pool party took place inside the speedway early in the afternoon, before the main event began that evening. Additionally, gamers took to the Imagine game room to play each-other on popular games like Rocket League, Fortnite, and Apex Legends. The game room was a unique addition to the festival and a popular break spot for attendees all weekend.

Finally all stages were up and running as their final stage addition; the Amazonia stage, was ready to go. Fan favorites like Cherub, G Jones, and Louis The Child would take to the stage later that night. Disco Inferno played host to performances from Anna Lunoe, Nora En Pure, and Lane 8. Meanwhile, the Oceania stage was packed with festival goers ready to witness 1788-L, Ghastly, Alison Wonderland, and infamous dubstep duo Zeds Dead. Trance legends Above & Beyond were bringing the group therapy vibes to close out the night with the Anjunafamily as well.

Imagine Music Festival 2019
Oceania Stage

Sunday Closes out the Amazing Weekend

After another sleepless night in the campgrounds for many, it was apparent that the long weekend was beginning to take its toll. Group yoga and meditation classes were a popular activity for campers on Sunday morning. However, everyone was as ready as ever to return to the speedway for one final Hoorah on Sunday night.

Imagine Music Festival 2019
Amazonia Stage

Sunday night was the night that many had been waiting for. The trip-hop legend himself, Tipper was hosting a takeover of the Amazonia stage. With acts like Thriftworks and Detox Unit providing support, it was bound to be a great night. Over at Disco Inferno DJs kept the groove going for the remainder of the event. The stage featured closing performances by Dirtybird label founder Claude VonStroke, and co-founder Justin Martin. Said The Sky, Alan Walker, and Seven Lions were some of the final performances on the main stage. Along with this was one of the most anticipated sets of the entire weekend by Marshmello. Accompanying Marshmello was a spectacular fireworks display to close down the festival.

Conclusion

It’s clear that the Imagine team has worked very hard to provide an exceptional festival experience. This year’s rendition won’t be forgotten about any time soon. By the looks of things the event is expected to do nothing but continue to grow and evolve. The intimate sense of family and community surrounding this unique festival is hard to find at other events of this scale.

2019 has been a sensational year for Imagine. The team has already made an official statement that they have already began preparations for the festival in 2020. With rumors of the event’s possible relocation in the future, we eagerly await more information on what’s next. In the meantime, all we can do is appreciate what this event has become and look back on all of the unforgettable experiences that have been had. Here’s to another amazing year for Imagine Music Festival. Until next year.

Imagine Music Festival 2019
Marshmello on Oceania Stage

All photos by: Alex Pacheco

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