DMV-area promoters Badass Raves have grown Dreamscape into an absolutely stunning event in a short three years. Never sacrificing the undercard for big name headliners, Badass constantly rotates up and coming talent. What resulted this past weekend was an event that felt authentic; a balance was struck between good vibes and musical talent at Camp Ramblewood. While no single genre dominated the lineup, nothing about the event felt gerrymandered or awkwardly divided. In fact, Dreamscape had the best vibes I’ve witnessed at an East Coast festival in recent memory. Energy at each stage was constantly building, and the proximity of stage to campsites gave the whole thing a very intimate feel the entire weekend. Dreamscape has undoubtedly become a hub for the entire east coast dance music scene, and for good reason.
The energy of the Visionary Grounds stage was the unanimous highlight of the weekend. On Friday, everyone from 2Rip to Keys n Krates kept the Dreamscape mainstage bumpin’. Dubstep heavyweights Arius and Lumberjvck had hordes of bass zombies headbanging over the crash rail for hours. With campsites set up only yards away, a constant rotation of fresh faces kept the energy alive; their was not a single moment of downtime at V.G. this year. Live performances and sound visual set ups were also present, taking full advantage of a well done stage design.
On Saturday, Dreamscape’s side stages really fleshed out as the festival opened up. The VIP Pavillion became an open dancefloor for all attendees; spontaneous sets from highly anticipated acts also dominated the evening. East Coast Hard Dance turned The Temple into a hardstyle and hardcore haven to begin the evening. Traversing the Pool became increasingly difficult as Dealty Heavy set time approached, and fireworks filled the sky as soon as the sun vacated. Even the festivals DIY campsites and cabins had afterparties pop up; attendees seemingly refused to let the weekend festivities come to a halt. Indeed, the entire weekend was expressly too short for most attendees; Dreamscape could be criticized for having so much substance in such a small amount of time. Many attendees expressed that the entire affair couldn’t be absorbed in one weekend. Indeed, we’re still taking in what might turn out to be one of the EC’s best festivals this season.