Last weekend, CRSSD Fest took place over at Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego, and after catching the spring iteration of this festival featuring prominent techno and house music artists, I was extremely excited to see what the organizers had planned for the fall. With two days of beautiful (but hot) weather and water fountains where I could dance to great music to my heart’s content, CRSSD definitely delivered on my every expectation and more.

photo by Miranda McDonald
Photo by Miranda McDonald

If you have never been to a CRSSD festival, I highly recommend that you look into attending one of their bi-annual events next year. While they don’t have the production, lighting, or stage design that some other dance music festivals are known for, CRSSD is still an amazing festival well worth the trip down to San Diego.

Electronic and dance music often brings with it a big visual production meant to draw the crowd into an almost alternative reality. While that definitely has its place in dance music, CRSSD productions proved that it’s not always needed by playing to the strengths of its waterfront venue rather than overshadowing the setting the same way other festivals do.

These events will relax and energize you all at the same time, and they always have a killer lineup of dance music artists boasting a wide range of styles and sounds.


October kicked off with CRSSD Fest’s second autumn rendition and fourth overall, and it cemented the festival as one that provides a lineup curated for both the people who only casually listen to dance music and also the most jaded veterans in the scene.

I’m still very much a newbie on the “rave” music scene and going to a festival like CRSSD gives me the chance to hear artists that I have heard other dance music fans geek out over time and time again (Maya Jane Coles, Lee Foss, Lee Burridge, Claptone), artists that I have seen before and loved (Shiba San, Big Wild, Cashmere Cat, Zhu), and artists that I somehow hadn’t been exposed to previously (Malaa, Rezz, Dr. Fresch, DubFire).

From Big Wild (who brought the fun with his big hair and even bigger drum set up) to Rezz (who went dark and heavy) to Claptone’s 2-hour house party at the Palms stage to closing out the festival with Zhu (who has been really exploding onto mainstream radio recently and spent much of their set highlighting their recently released album, Generation Why), I wasn’t bored for a minute. CRSSD nailed every expectation I set for the weekend and more.

photo by Felicia Garcia
Photo by Felicia Garcia

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