I’ve never been a huge fan of electronic music. Trance, house, jungle, whatever, it all sounded the same to me, like how the Stones must have sounded to crotchety old British men decades ago. Perhaps it was my deep love of rock, and my need to see music coming out of instruments before my eyes. Maybe it was my brother’s teenage trance DJ dreams, and how he kept our whole house up at night, the base emanating from his turntable speakers shaking the house to its foundation. DJs like Skrillex and GirlTalk eased me into the genre somewhat, their tendency to fuse rock, hip hop and pop into their mixes making the tunes more palatable to a music lover like myself. But it wasn’t until I attended the inaugural Ever After Music Festival this past May that I truly began to understand why people love EDM so very much.
For its first time around, Everafter boasted an incredible lineup of artists from around the world who clearly took a chance on a fledgling fest with a big dream. Weekend headliners Zed’s Ded and Diplo were the most anticipated sets, but big names like Tommy Trash and Caked Up, international sensation Benny Benassi, cross country duo Project 46 and hometown heroes Manzone & Strong were all among the names causing excitement at Bingeman’s Field.
Editor Mark and I bundled and layered up for a cold and dreary day in in Kitchener, Ontario, unsure of what awaiting us under the pelting rain and dreary sky. The festival’s turnout was understandably slow at first, with local DJ’s putting their time in on the side stage, entertaining what attendees were already braving the cold and damp of the day. But as the day wore on, one thing struck me, and gradually won me over – these fans LOVE music. The weather was miserable, the ground muddy, it was miserably cold for a supposed spring day but nothing stopped these guys. Fans from all walks of life came together to celebrate their love of EDM, and the positive vibes that floated around the festival were wonderfully contagious.
For someone who’s fairly novice to the EDM scene, I have to say I enjoyed every set that I partook in throughout the day and night. Highlights for me were definitely the trippy sounds of Project 46 (stay tuned for our interview with them!), Flosstradamus’s dance/hip hop stylings and of course Sunday headliner Diplo. He has a way with hyping up a crowd and keeping the energy high while churning great mix after great mix that kept fans happy, dancing and engaged despite the terrible weather.
Thank you to the masterminds behind EverAfterfest. Despite the difficulties faced coming up to the fest and during the weekend, the potential for an amazing festival was evident, and the results were actually incredibly enjoyable. Looking forward to another year!
*photos by Nadia Elkharadly