GoodSex reporting in on Summer Camp 2016 day three. The festival is now in full swing as three day pass holders filter into what remaining camping space is left. Some memorable sets from Tauk, Russ Liquid, Future Rock, STS9 & Late Night Radio created my musical arrangement for the evening . However, most notable for me was the performance by Thievery Corporation. Since I was a young, I have practiced yoga to this soothing melody, meditated to the ecelectic rhyrtm, enhaled to the sounds of smooth sitar opening my mind. So, when given the opportunity to hear these musical arrangements played live, I knew exactly where my soul needed to be for their set: front and center. From start to finish the show was perfectly orchestrated as if it were a Broadway play. The musicians and production crew was at a level of synchronization that I have never experienced before. There were countless intericate systems in place to curtail this dreamlike set to every last detail. At the end, the production team used smoke and lighting tricks to create an illusion of static interference as if the audience was loosing signal to the Thievery Corporation signal. Then like a swirl of magic on the stage, the performance literally wrapped itself up into darkness.
Alternatively, one set that felt fabricated, uncaptivateing and an otherwise waste of an opportunity to create something memorable, was that of NGHTMRE. Opening with random mash ups of random 90s “hits” and depthless festival trap drops, NGHTMRE spent most of his set with his hands in the air or sitting in front of the booth. Throughout his performance, the crowd was never fully captivated, checking their phones in the front row, only present for the need of loud sound. His biggest drops warented the raising of a small group of hands in the front. After ending his set with an original version of Gold Dust by Flux Pavilion I walked out of The Vibe Tent, disheartened at the level of skill required to gain a closing festival slot. Anyway, onward and upward we go down the rabbit hole of festival world. I have nothing but high hopes for the last two days of Summer Camp 2016!