September 7, 2012
By Perry Spring
Dubstep, electronic, house and even hip-hop are some of what North Coast Music Festival had to offer to the thousands of avid fans during the first weekend of September.
North Coast opened the festival with a surge of people wanting to see Yelawolf, Eoto, Midnight Conspiracy, Knife Party, and most of all, Axwell. As I walked in, I took a short, 20-minute glance at Yelawolf. It was good, but it didn’t bring the energy I was hoping for. I left to see the heart-pounding duo of Midnight Conspiracy instead. The bass hit hard throughout the show and was the act that really put the festival’s day in full swing.
Then, I moved my way through the crowds to Axwell. The set opened with air cannons covering the front of the crowd with a smoke-type blast that reminded me of Kaskade at last month’s Lollapalooza. Not only did smoke cannons and amazing music cover the stage, but blue, green, and yellow flames shot off every 10 minutes.
Saturday began with Tommy Trash with multiple crowd surfers and incredible line of music. Tommy Trash had an amazing time on stage and brought the fun to the crowd, leaving everyone ecstatic by the end of his hour-long show. I was excited to see Alesso and Girl Talk. Girl Talk was one of the best and most fun times I’ve had at the festival. Balloons and confetti fueled the show of mash-up music creating an unreal dance atmosphere for everyone.
The last day of North Coast came faster than I had expected and was really the day I had been looking forward to the most. There was the back-to-back Steve Aoki and Pretty Lights music. Aoki, like Girl Talk, had both great music and an artist that took the set to the extreme. Aoki was everything and more than I had expected, and Pretty Lights finished the festival off with a bang.
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