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515 Alive Keeps our Hearts Pumping the Entire Weekend!

515 Alive Keeps our Hearts Pumping the Entire Weekend!


August 21st, 2019

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Crowd condenses as they eagerly wait for Wiz Khalifa to take the stage

515 Alive Music Festival absolutely outdone themselves at the Water Works Park in Des Moines, Iowa. Despite a quick switch up in venues and some set time cuts, the people behind the event managed to pull it off and more. With over 100 unique acts from nearly every single genre, there really was a little something for everybody. 515 Alive hosted four different stages, including a funky silent disco. Something to look for in a great music festival is the music separation from stage to stage to ensure you get the best production for every set, and 515 Alive did just that!

Griz performing on the main stage at 515 Alive Music Festival

Kicking off the “rager” on Friday were the kings of their own genre, Black Tiger Sex Machine AKA BTSM. BTSM, who threw down one of the best sets of the weekend, and completely set the tone for the rest of the day. Playboy Carti was next up at the main stage, and played some of his top hits, including “Shoota,” which features Lil Uzi Vert. Dabin, who came out with a hit album Wild Youth earlier this year, played arguably the most beautiful and emotional set of the festival. Catching the end tail of GRiZ made all attendees of the after party that much more excited to go, as he played some of his newest tracks like “Griztronics,” but also brought home the funky heat we know and love him for. Wiz Khalifa brought the night to an end by playing some of our favorite nostalgic hits, jumping around stage, leaving attendees excited for what was to come the next day. 

Illenium plays the main stage at 515 Alive Music Festival

The very quickly growing 1788-L jump-started Saturday night, bringing all of the nasty sounds that have led him to his success. Attendees jumped between 1788-L and UK dub producers Um... Saturday was the day for experimental bass and wonky wubs as 515 also hosted heavy hitters like Mersiv, G-space and SFam. To mix things up, $uicideboys$ went absolutely bonkers at the main stage, attracting a crowd that brought some wild vibes. One of the EDM scene’s favorite OGs, Flux Pavilion came on next, bringing that new and old sound that we all know and love him for. On Friday, crowd favorite Illenium dropped his new album Ascend. llenium closed Saturday with the first set since his new album release, one that everyone knew they could not miss seeing. Illenium played the “sadboi” classics, also featuring new songs off his album like “Sad Songs,” and “Takeaway.” Illenium did not disappoint bringing stellar visuals as well as all the bops Illenials obsess over.

Overall, 515 Alive was absolute insanity in the best way possible! From the weather, to the sets and the organization of the whole event, the people at 515 held up and we can’t wait to see how it continues to grow in the future. To stay up to date on what’s to come make sure to check out their Instagram and website!

Photos by David Cohn

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