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August 8, 2016

Veld 2016 – Top 5 Performances

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By Kishan Mistry

After having a string of annual festivals, 2016 marked VELD Music Festival’s fifth edition this past weekend at 35 Carl Hall Road, also known as Downsview Park located just outside of downtown Toronto. The festival has been notorious for experiencing bad weather during the weekend it’s held on, especially after a disastrous 2015 having to cancel the second day of the festival due to severe weather conditions. This year the team at INK Entertainment had to make sure they sent their festival goers with a pleasurable experience and hopefully resulting in returning for next year’s festival.

VELD Music Festival has become Canada’s go-to EDM festival drawing tens of thousands of people and headlined by the scene’s top DJ’s and artists -including a handful of talented Canadians. Fans from all over the world can be found at the park grounds at Downsview and it’s great to see a big community of people coming together uniting for the love of music. Having only two stages this year (Main Stage and Terra Stage) it prevented fans from having to walk all over the park grounds to catch their favourite performers. Furthermore the festival grounds were conveniently laid out, having the food vendors all located at the back, paired with an interactive games area and a Ferris wheel.

This year’s lineup included a pretty impressive roster headlined by Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, Kygo, DVBBS, Steve Aoki, and of course festival co-founder Deadmau5. With an all-star lineup, Toronto rave-goers were in store for an amazing weekend filled with dancing, friendship, and an overall great time. As Toronto’s EDM scene gradually grows, this festival – along with Ever After and Digital Dreams -will continue to succeed for many years to come and I can expect that more and more of the top artists from the EDM scene will want to play in Toronto.

Being my first ever EDM festival experience, I was not sure what to expect from the rave filled weekend ahead of me. Despite having a little weather scare on the Sunday with it raining for a bit in the morning and an hour into the afternoon and the very expensive food and water, I really enjoyed experiencing what it was like being a Toronto rave-goer. I was amazed about how friendly the community was and how easy it was to talk to some people. Regardless of who’s on the lineup for years to come, I would simply attend the weekend festival just for the experience alone.

See my five favourite performances below!

5. Post Malone

It was great to watch a set that wasn’t a DJ during the weekend and it was great that I got to witness one of the hottest new artists in the hip hop scene during the weekend. Post Malone emerged onto the scene after his song “White Iverson” went viral. Signed with Republic records, the 21 year old brought his mix of singing and rapping to the Terra Stage where his fans went crazy. His set consisted of songs off his upcoming mixtape “Stoney” which is set to release sometime in August of this year.  It will be exciting what Post Malone gets up to in the few months that remain in 2016.

4. Steve Aoki

Being one of the first EDM artists that I found interest in after hearing his remix of Pursuit of Happiness a few years ago, it was exciting to finally see him live. Performing at his 6:30 timeslot, Aoki drew quite an impressive crowd and it was apparent that a bunch of fans came to the festival just to see him. The Grammy nominated DJ from Miami, Florida played a tight hour and half set featuring songs off his lengthy discography and even included a couple of pop punk Blink-182 bangers. Notorious for throwing a cake into the crowd during his performances, fans waited in anticipation for Aoki to proceed with his ritual doing, and without further ado he tossed a full sized cake during a bass drop into a sea of fans.

3. The Chainsmokers

Being one of the hottest DJ duos in 2016 right now, the New York City natives Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall put on one of the most impressive sets the weekend saw. Forming in 2012, the duo began making waves over the years releasing singles that have received tons of radio play. 2016 has been their most successful year thus far, having released singles like “Don’t Let Me Down” and their most recent “Closer”.

I really enjoyed their performance, as they played for an hour and even included some throwback “emo” jams sampling Taking Back Sunday’s “Make Damn Sure” which I really enjoyed.

2. Martin Garrix

It is just insane to witness the waves Martin Garrix is making in the EDM scene as well as being a household name amongst pretty much everyone that listens to the radio. Hailing from Amstelveen, Netherlands it is crazy to believe that Garrix is just 20 years of age breaking through into the scene in 2013 with his chart topping release “Animals.” Over the years Garrix has fine-tuned his sound and has worked toward putting on a stellar live performance. Playing for just over an hour and being the last performance of Veld weekend 2016, there was no energy lost throughout his set. It was great to just get lost in music for the time and left me wanting more. Garrix will continue to dominate the EDM scene for many years to come. Next time Garrix rolls into town, I will make it a priority to go out and catch his show.

1. DVBBS

My favourite set of the weekend occurred on Day 1 when I witnessed Orangeville, Ontario hometown heroes DVBBS perform a hell of a set. The brother duo followed Steve Aoki’s set and fed off of the crowd’s electricity, playing to an endless sea of people. I simply enjoyed all the passion and energy DVBBS put into their performance and it had me bobbing and grooving to their unique electro house sound. It is great to see a duo coming out of a small town dominated a very saturated and huge EDM music scene. And being so young, it’s exciting what the future has in store for these brothers.

 

In conclusion, Veld 2016 was definitely an experience I will never forget and you can expect me to venture into a new scene of music that I have not really explored before. I look forward to all the upcoming EDM music festivals and shows that come to the GTA and I will make a point to try to attend and cover as many as I can!






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