The 2-day San Diego Festival, CRSSD, brought a heated lineup of underground house, techno, and bass music to a more mainstream audience this passed weekend. Hidden under the shadows of skyscrapers from one side and beaten by a sun setting from behind the boat sails of San Diego’s harbor, 150,00 people spilled onto the small grassy fields of the city's iconic Waterfront Park. Fans enjoyed standout sets from the likes of Lee Burridge, Matrixxman, Lee Foss, Dubfire and Kaytranada.
The 3 stages of CRSSD were laid out on the grassy fields behind City Hall, each with their own aesthetic and musical curation. The Palms stage had the most diverse lineup of the three stages, with artists ranging from Kaytranada and Trippy Turtle to Justin Martin and DJ Harvey. City Steps hosted most of the house and techno artists on the bill with huge crowds packing in for Lee Foss, Lee Burridge, and MK, while the main stage, Ocean View, saw acts like Flight Facilities, Zhu, Ta-ku and Lido also fill the space to the brim.
If you didn’t get your fill from the festival, its series of Afterdark and By Day parties at Bang Bang, Spin Nightclub, El Camino, Andaz Rooftop, and Kettner Exchange would have done the trick. The parties included, but were not limited to, sets from Lee Burridge, M.A.N.D.Y., MK, Landis Lapace, Bonobo, and Matrixxman that lasted until the latest hours of the night.
In addition to the curation of music at the festival, CRSSD featured a V-Moda x Subpac x Roland tent, where festival goers could test out a new Virtual Reality game and some of Roland’s new gear for the season. At the tent, technicians strapped a Sub-pac (a subwoofer backpack doing great things for deaf people and music producer’s neighbors), a VR headset, and a pair V-Moda headphones to festival goers, that allowed them to immerse themselves in the VR world. People walking by could see the testers punching at imaginary boxes and making beats within the game.
In it’s third year of throwing the event, CRSSD has deemed themselves excellent curators of music, food, alcohol, and new technologies as they continue forward with their biannual scheduling. And with its scenic location, the event has really coalesced its elements to form a miniature Coachella-styled festival for the 21+ that is at the forefront of introducing underground acts like Matrixxman, Leon Vynehall, and Lee Burridge to mainstream audiences.