Making bold moves LED or My Life Every Day threw quite the New Year’s bash! Not only was OMFG NYE spread between both LA and San Diego the event was expanded to 3 nights of madness. We were unsure how the festival would go over in San Diego due to strong competition from other So Cal events, the student population in the city being on winter break, and the festival being stretched over the work week, BUT the San Diego Valley View Casino Center was absolutely packed. This was the first time we have attended a show at Valley View where they were closing off the main dance floor from capacity.
Surely the turnout was due to the insane lineup that had all three nights filled with comparable talent.
Night One: La Croix, Kittens, Nadus, Hoodboi B2B Falcons, DJ Sliink, TWRK, Kill the Buzz, Anna Lunoe, Botnek, What So Not, Madeon, Hardwell, Bassjackers, Dyro
Night Two: Alex Wax & Fourzan, Klatch, Hot Fire, Astronomar, WIWEK, Trippy Turtle, SNBRN, Snakehips, Moti, Dzeko & Torres, Bro Safari, TJR, Flosstradamus, Tiesto, Borgore, Slander
Night Three: Lucky7, Nightcrime, Deth Hertz, Haterade, Dirty Audio, Branchez, Whyel, Bixel Boys, Alex Metric, OOKAY, GTA, Gareth Emery, Henry Fong, Deorro, Eric Prydz
LED San Diego also made the daring change of adding a second stage to the venue! The Zoo was a smaller stage that gave a more underground vibe in contrary to the mind melting lasers above in the main room. The Zoo however was just as packed for acts like Trippy Turtle and Branchez. It was almost a 15-20 minute wait to or a serious push through the crowd just get into the room. The distinctive part of offering a second stage is the opportunity for new talent to display their skills to a packed audience, like Haterade who are San Diego locals.
What So Not’s set was definitely a highlight of the first night. With the ghastly veiled face from the “Tell Me” album cover displayed on all of the screens and the bass blaring What So Not went hard right from the start. The set was filthy, but in the best way possible. Emoh, from the original duo (that also consists of Harley AKA Flume), played the set that night. He threw down “How High You Are”, “Jaguar” and of course a couple renditions of the collaboration with RL Grime “Tell Me”. I strongly recommend everyone see What So Not in 2015 if given the chance. (Perhaps at Coachella)
Night two held some powerful acts. Borgore put on a fun show as always, and it seems he had a lot of fun in San Diego too as shown on his Instagram. The Zebra is the iconic image of OMFG that many fans climb upon in the crowds. Flosstradamous also went out of 2014 with a bang, a mosh filled bang of course.
Then the grand finale of night three all leading up to the New Year was wild. GTA rang in the New Year with hundreds of balloons toppling over the crowd, confetti flying, and lasers beaming.
The event was a major success and an absolutely mind blowing way to bring in 2015.
Look out for the LED Anniversary in February! It will be interesting to see how LED continues to grow their events over the next few months.