Lake Tahoe's Bass Camp Festival III With UZ & Dancetronauts

August 20, 2015 -

Daily Beat Staff

There were many wobbles… Just kidding, there was more than just that. Although headlined by dubstep royalty Kill the Noise and Zeds Dead, the bass heavy festival that began in 2013 also featured an array of other acts ranging from local talent, to EDM festival regulars such as Liquid Todd, UZ, and Savoy. With three stages, the Lake Tahoe festival was small in comparison to some of the larger festivals, however with tons of good music, and an intimate environment, the vibe was definitely set for a great fest. Here are some of the acts that stood out at Bass Camp Festival III.

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Drums On Acid

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A local of Lake Tahoe and former drummer of Infected Mushroom, Cary White AKA Drums on Acid performed an insane set on the Dancetronauts stage. His set consisted of electro house bangers, most of which encaptured the classic dirty feel of early acts such as Bloody Beetroots 2008.

The combination of DOA's vicious style met with the Burning Man vibe of Dancetronauts to create a unique EDM experience that seems to have been dying lately with big room. CC this awesome video..


Liquid Todd

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Liquid Todd is a DJ first and foremost, and because of this he put on what I believe to be the best set of the festival. I’m gonna be honest when I say that I did not recognize most of the music he played, but no one else matched his ability when it came to music selection or variety. Liquid Todd’s set was full of great music of many styles, his mixing was on point and fluid. Although early in the evening and with a smaller crowd, this eclectic set had the crowd moving throughout, and his top tier ability as a DJ started evening off beautifully.


︻╦╤─ ṲZ ─╤╦︻

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UZ has been in the trap game for as long as I can remember. Since pretty much the beginning of trap, when it sounded more like electronic influenced Dirty South instrumentals than this umbrella genre of anything with bass and lots of high hat rolls. Before coming to Bass Camp Festival III, the last time I had listened to a new UZ track was before Baauer released Harlem Shake and well before trap became a mainstay at music festivals. UZ puts out some real trap shit. So much so that I was surprised to learn that he’s continued his trap shit series all the way to his most recent Trap Shit V25. This guy still knows how to make real trap sh***t. His set was no different.

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The anonymous producer impressed his massive audience with an explosive taste of originals, remixes, and unreleased material. His ability to leap around genres from 140 - 80 - 100 made it more suitable for a bass welcoming festival. For DJs, its easy to tell when a trap artists is sticking to 140 and slowly moving up or down, whereas dubstep artists are always way more flexible with tempo changes. UZ definitely incorporated more of that in his performance and the turnt up crowd couldn't help but go ham when he dropped his bombs.


With nearly forty artists spread across three stages, this year’s Bass Camp Festival III provided a wide variety of music, spread across three unique environments. The main stage hosted the bigger acts and was consistent with most festival stages; with a large sound system and a large array of visual displays. Acoustics were surprisingly good considering an outdoor venue with multiple stages. This year’s Bass Camp Festival III again featured the Dancetranauts stage, a portable club that was once (and hopefully will be once again) a mainstay of Burning Man. The Dancetranauts stage featured dancing astronauts, aliens, and a large colorfully lit space shuttle that festival goers could ride (up and down the scissor lift).

Finally, the smallest stage was simply a DJ booth set up under a smaller tent. At first the tented dance floor was uninhabited, but as the night went on and the tent filled up, it became an awesome break from the festival norm of large, tall, far away stages. Bass Camp Festival is a young, but growing festival.  My only complaint was that parking was less than ideal, but that is to be expected at any festival really.  With over 30 DJ's, an attractive vendor village, crowd favorite interactive art installations, lots of delicious food truck options, and a full bar its no wonder that over 5000 fans have made the trek 3 years in a row now up 6500 feet to one of the highest music festivals in the United States

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-Alec Barton

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