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Sunset Music Festival Lights Up Tampa

Sunset Music Festival Lights Up Tampa


May 30th, 2019

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Last weekend, Disco Donnie put on yet another incredible festival. Since 2006, Sunset Music Festival has only continued to grow in terms of size, lineup, and activities. What was once a relatively small festival, has grown into a huge endeavor. Sunset brought a trio of Ultra-style stages and incredible acts such as DNMO, Getter, Illenium, Zeds Dead, Flux Pavilion, and Dogs Blood. In addition to the main stages and acts, the festival provided a slew of activities and smaller stages, where festival goers could relax and cool down. Thank god for those cool down areas, because we are not sure the crowd would have survived the 100 degree heat all weekend without them!

Sunset Music Festival was at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Buccaneers. As most stadium festivals are set up, it was announced that the festival would be taking place in the grounds outside. While Party Guru Press was headed to the festival, we figured it would be another concrete parking lot situation. However, we were pleasantly surprised, the festival was located on a massive grass parking lot! With the addition of huge mist fans at each stage and throughout the festival grounds, it was clear that Disco Donnie wanted to keep the crowd as comfortable as possible. They even put in a human car wash that people could wash off in! Party Guru Press couldn’t go inside because of the camera equipment – but the ones who came out said it wasn’t anything short of an awesome experience.

While the sun beat down, the music went on. The Horizon stage was the smallest stage, bringing in many house DJ’s, such as Steve Darko, Will Clarke, and Chris Lake. While the Horizon stage was covered with house, the Eclipse stage was jam packed with heavy dubstep and bass. The Eclipse stage was very similar to the arc-style stage at Ultra. On the first day, artists such as Subtronics, Dion Timmer, Liquid Stranger, Rusko, and Flux Pavilion demolished the crowd with incredible nonstop bass, dubstep, and riddim. The main stage, a half dome filled with LED panels, hosted artists such as Fisher, Tchami, Illenium, and Zedd.

While the first day’s lineup was packed with amazing talent, day two was even better. Oliver Smith, DNMO, and Bonnie x Clyde were the first artists to make each stage erupt, and set the tone early on in the day that it would be something special. Deadbeats was hosting the Eclipse stage, bringing in a powerhouse lineup of DNMO, Getter, Peekaboo, 12th Planet, Zeds Dead, and many more. After cutting his Visceral Tour short, this was one of the few performances Getter had said he would still play. The crowd went CRAZY for Getter, and shortly after he announced that he would be bringing the Visceral Tour back with Brownies and Lemonade. Ganja White Night and Alison Wonderland also put on spectacular performances on the Sunset stage, before the biggest performance of the night. You could see the crowd begin to become more and more dense as Alison’s set continued. Everyone was moving in to see Skrillex and Boys Noize’s duo: Dog Blood. As they geared up to release their new Dogs Blood EP this coming Friday, March 31st, they threw in many new tracks into their set, as well as all the classic throwbacks that we all know and love from Skrillex.

Photos by David Maxwell Zanvil Cohn

Overall, Sunset Music Festival was a seamless festival that gave festival goers everything they could have needed. The layout was simple and easy to remember, and food was priced fairly reasonably, considering festival food prices. Disco Donnie Presents once again put together an amazing festival, and we definitely hope to return to Tampa next year.

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