Something Wicked at Sam Houston Race Park, 10/26/2013
Committing yourself to throwing a yearly event means one thing: every year you're going to have to find a way to top yourself. Your beginning may be a small, humble affair, but the next year people will expect more from you, and you'll have to deliver to keep them coming back.
The first Something Wicked Festival was a solid first outing. The lineup was killer across the board, the festival was well laid out, tying it in to Halloween provided some fun atmosphere, and late October proved to be a great time of year to hold an outdoor music festival.
Saturday, Disco Donnie Presents and Nightculture brought Something Wicked back for round two, drawing thousands of dance music fans in for another day of loud music and costume mayhem. Rocks Off spent damn near eight hours on the scene to catch some tunes and see how the festival is growing.
3:44 p.m. During my short drive through the parking lot I've already spotted six white people dressed like Native Americans. That's still a thing?
4:24 p.m. This year there are three stages: the gigantic main stage, a smaller stage centered around trance acts, and another featuring all the bass acts. After a walk around the festival grounds, the early winner in terms of popularity is the bass stage. Alex Young is dropping some trap beats and the day is off to a good start.
5:22 p.m. Over at Shadow Field (the giant main stage), things are pretty laid-back. I take a seat to listen to Ryan Hemsworth do his thing, which is mainly playing music that's awesome to listen to while the sun is setting.
5:32 p.m. People not even near a stage stop what they're doing to dance the second they hear Daft Punk's "Around the World." One thing you never see at other festivals: that seamless transition from walking to dancing mid-step that happens when a good song comes on.
6:00 p.m. I've heard a lot of hip-hop today, which is a big change from last year. That's not a complaint. 2 Chainz is particularly popular.
6:09 p.m. To prove my point, Luminox drops "Still Tippin'" in to his set. For the next 10 seconds, every person who walks by me is mouthing the words to the track.
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