Something Wicked at Sam Houston Race Park, 10/26/2013

Categories: Aftermath

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Adventure Club
10:00 p.m. Every hour or so I walk around the festival grounds to see what's going on and get away from the bass' full-body massage for a few minutes. One thing I've noticed over and over is that the people at the bass stage seem to be having more overt fun than people at the other stages. I have two theories about this:

  • Bass music is easy to dance to. If you can nod your head, move your shoulders slightly, and occasionally raise your arms up then you meet the barrier for entry.
  • Bass music is the most overtly sexual music compared to what's going on at the other stages.


Also, not for nothing, but listening to trance while the sun was out was just weird.

10:43 p.m. I'm not going to tell you that Adventure Club's remix of Yuna's "Lullabies" is the greatest remix of all time, but it's basically a perfect song, so there's that. Also, it was really nice to listen to a set that didn't feel like I was getting punched in the face for an hour. There's nothing wrong with that, but a little bit of variety doesn't hurt either. Dynamics are cool.


10:53 p.m. The line at the ATM is still 20 people deep. I'm not sure what they want to buy, but it must be important.


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Tiesto
10:56 p.m. I'm watching the massive crowd that is watching Tiësto, trying to think of something clever to say about just how massively popular he is, when all of a sudden fireworks pop off the top of the Shadow Field.

Tiësto gets fireworks. What more do you need to know?


In Summation: Disco Donnie Presents and Nightculture really stepped things up this year, and the result is a festival that holds its own with any in the state. If this is how things are after a year, I can't wait to see what they have planned for next year.

My face is already vibrating.

Personal Bias: Sign me up for one "I love you but I've chosen trap music" shirt.

The Crowd: I would venture to guess that more than half the crowd was in costume, depending on whether or not you count the raver uniform (tutu, furry boots, etc. etc.) as a costume.

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Overheard in the Crowd: "I'm not going to church," said one girl to her friend, explaining why she wished her dress was shorter.

Creepiest Thing Overheard in the Crowd: "Anyone with erectile dysfunction could come to this and problem solved," said one dudebro to another, before lamenting about how he couldn't bring his camera in.

Best Sets of the Day: Herobust, Ryan Hemsworth, Adventure Club

Random Notebook Dump: Your phone has a "notes" app. Just write down a line of two about where you parked your car. Don't be the people in your underwear, lost and confused, wandering up and down the aisles, unable to go home.


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Sam Houston Race Park

7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Houston, TX

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9 comments
tonyhuynh28
tonyhuynh28

I spent the majority of my time at the mainstage. I had a small glimpse of Luminox and wish I came in time for his entire set. Adventure Club was my favorite set.. they played a lot of stuff from their superheroes anonymous mixtapes which was awesome. I'm having withdrawals already and can't wait for next year!  

jennamc66
jennamc66

One of the photographers took a picture of us (Jack and Sally [Best couple costume]) and had told us that we would be in the Houston Press next week, yet I sadly don't see us. Maybe there'll be another article?

DylansFish
DylansFish

Luminox was so rad. Big ups to that dude

audiomind79
audiomind79

Would it be wrong of me to assume you are a little bias. You obviously spent most of your time in the Bass/Trap area so how cold you know who had the best set. Why do we even need to have a "Best Set "argument.  I like your timetable review of SW, very amusing. 

ed.velazquez
ed.velazquez

You must have missed the Wolfgang Gartner set at the main stage (I believe he was on at the same time as Adventure Club). General opinion is that he was the best set overall, even managing to top Tiesto's set (who he opened for), but like you said Tiesto gets fireworks.

CoryGarcia
CoryGarcia moderator communitymanager

@audiomind79 In fairness, I did admit my bias, however my review only reflects my opinions. Truth be told, I imagine very few people left SW disappointed, no matter what style of music they enjoy.

cheyenne0709
cheyenne0709

There's no mention of ATB. Heartbreaking. He pumped the crowd and while me and my friends went from stage to stage to see teisto and figure as well, we were pulled back to ATB. Even after his set, the crowd stayed chanting for him to continue... Saddly he couldn't. His show was phenomenal!

CoryGarcia
CoryGarcia moderator communitymanager

@cheyenne0709 @ed.velazquez No disrespect meant toward either artist, simply sharing my opinion on the best sets I heard. Unfortunately I couldn't be everywhere at once, which is a shame because I like Wolfgang quite a bit. Thanks for sharing!

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