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August 13, 2015

“VELD” is the 4-Letter Word for Rain

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By Josephine Tse and Mackenzie Wong

Photos by Josephine Tse and Mackenzie Wong. All rights reserved.

If anything, by now, it’s common knowledge that this year’s Veld Music Festival experienced weather scares on both of its dates, forcing early cancellation on its second day.

Hey, at least the first day didn’t get cancelled.

Acts for the first day included Rain Man, Borgore, Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki, A$AP Rocky, Kaskade and more. But a lightning and thunderstorm warning triggered a pause in the schedule, cutting The Chainsmokers set in half and cancelling both Pretty Lights and Markus Schulz’ set. Fans weren’t allowed to leave the premises, nor were they able to enter the festival grounds. But the difference was that the predicted storm passed (never actually happened) so Veld continued shortly (2 hours) after.

As the insane line-up of DJs continued, it helped elevate the energy and excitement back to where it was before the weather warning. Steve Aoki caked the audience, ILOVEMAKONNEN got the crowd “goin’ up on a Tuesday”, A$AP Rocky was fashionably late but had one of the largest crowds at the Bacardi stage and Kaskade’s stage presence was rippled with energy. Joel Zimmerman, a.k.a Deadmau5, closed the show with his super expensive, new mouse trap stage that originally debuted at this year’s Governor’s Ball, NYC. It was an elaborate set-up, with each layer of the trap opening to finally reveal Zimmerman in his iconic Deadmau5 head.

By the end of day one, fans were already riled up for day two. Why not? One of the highest ranked DJs was slated to close day two!

Cue day two. It was a little windy on Sunday, but the skies were clear and unlike day one’s awkward 2-hour lull, the second and final day of Veld Music Festival was off without a hitch.

Set to take the main stage along with the awaited headliners included Oliver Heldens, Dvbbs, and Carnage. The Bacardi tent, which thanks to the high winds had become a dust bowl, had Chocolate Puma, Gorgon City and SNBRN. The second day was destined to be epic! And with headliners like Hardwell and Above and Beyond, who would say otherwise? Apparently, a lot of people…considering they never actually got to perform.

Cue black clouds rolling towards Downsview Park, and in turn, a complete evacuation of what is Toronto’s biggest summer music festival. Unlike the previous day, this time, the true north Canadian weather was not screwing around and within two hours of the festival’s shut down, a massive storm hit.

Oliver Heldens was forced to stop mid-set on the main stage, as Gorgon City made their appearance in the Bacardi tent and were almost immediately told to get off. With the final day of Veld less than half over, the hottest acts that everyone had been looking forward too were cut. To say festival-goers were angry was an understatement. Water bottles amongst other things were thrown at the massive main stage, as thousands began to pile up heading for the exits. Once it became too much for security to handle, police were called as reinforcements,

A shelter had been set up down the road and dozens of TTC buses began to arrive. If you were one of the lucky ones who got to get on a bus, then you missed out on a leisurely stroll through the hail, and a sudden downpour of icy rain. Did we mention the high winds?

Once Veld-goers took to social media, many argued that INK, who ran the beloved EDM festival, should have been more prepared, that the chaos that was #Veld2015, was poorly planned. An “INK-convenience” and a “Very Expensive Let Down”, as it was expressed.

Toronto has not had the best of luck this festival season, with the first day Digital Dreams being cancelled previously, and Bestival being rained out. It’s hard to say what this will mean for summer festivals next year, but hopefully Mother Nature will be kinder and let us enjoy the music we keep paying to hear.


As seen on RUtv News in collaboration with Canadas Talent.






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