This fall, the heart of San Diego will once again be taken over by the West Coast’s leading EDM festival: CRSSD. A simple Twitter search shows us that there are thousands of people waiting for the festival to begin, many of whom are already incredibly excited. If you’re lucky, you dear reader may be one of these people who have already bagged your tickets to CRSSD, and you’re looking for the best ways to prepare yourself. First, you’re going to need to do some research into CRSSD as the festival is relatively new when compared to others of its kind. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
What is CRSSD?
Between September 30 and October 1, Waterfront Park San Diego will be hosting CRSSD Festival. Although 2015 was the first time anyone had ever heard of CRSSD, it is already regarded as one of the best West Coast music festivals out there.
The event was originally started by local dance music fanatics FNGRS CRSSD who had previously organized shows at Bang club and Sound club in Los Angeles, just to name a few. After being inspired by European festivals such as Sonar, the organizers embraced the ideals and culture behind EDM festivals and launched CRSSD with much success.
This isn’t your typical EDM extravaganza, though. No, each act is carefully curated to ensure the festival remains exactly that: a festival and not a grungy rave party. Rather than going over the top like so many American festivals tend to do, CRSSD caters to dedicated EDM fans in a way that few other festivals do.
This year there are plenty of artists to see at the three stages of CRSSD Festival. Firstly, there’s Ocean View where Rufus Du Sol and Chromeo are headlining, though other exciting acts include Cut Copy, Elohim and Breakbot. There are even more acts hitting The Palms, such as Jax Jones, Hot Since 82 and The Magician, though we assume many people will be going to see The Black Madonna. Finally, on the City Steps you’ll find Richie Hawtin and Dixon, in addition to Marcel Dettmann, Lee K, and Joseph Ashworth over the weekend as well.
As of writing this piece, tickets on Ticketfly cost between $115 and $145, depending upon the sort of pass you require. Of course, all festival attendees must be over the age of 21.
Download the Official App
The first thing you’ll want to do before arriving at Waterfront Park on Saturday, September 30 is to download the official CRSSD Festival App. Created by Aloompa and available on the Apple App Store as well as the Google Play Store, the app is packed with everything you could ever possibly need. There’s a detailed lineup list, a map, news updates, FAQs and even food/drink location services. The latter is already brimming with options such as 10 Barrel Brewing, The Baked Bear and Napizza, all of which visitors can review while the festival is happening.
The best part of this app though is probably the fact it allows you to create your own schedule so you can ensure you never miss an act. After all, there’s nothing worse than realizing too late that the band you came to see has already been on while you were in the burger van queue.
Get CRSSD Psyched
Regardless of whether you’re going for Lane 8 or Phantoms, everyone is going to have fun. So, logic dictates you should have as much fun as possible when preparing for the festival. An easy way to get your EDM-blood pumping is by playing some musically inclined games.
In the Just Dance series alone, EDM fans will find classics from Calvin Harris and Tiesto to dance along to. Meanwhile, a dedicated EDM DLC has been requested for Dance Central with fans submitting their own playlists for games developer Harmonix to consider. For smartphone game fans, there are plenty of titles for electro-heavy casual gaming. Party Time a video slot available on desktop and mobile from Betway Casino. This game is packed with some truly funky music that you might catch yourself listening to even when you’re not playing. For even more EDM-inspired quirky gaming, try the 2009 indie video game Skrillex Quest, created by Jason Oda, or check out Billboard magazine’s recommendations.
Of course, another option is listening to music. Chances are, if you’re going to CRSSD you’re a fan of at least some of the acts that will be playing. Before heading out, make sure you familiarize yourself with the artists you haven’t been exposed to yet – you wouldn’t want to miss someone’s set to only realize you actually love their sound a few months later. Most artists now have their songs on Soundcloud and YouTube, and Spotify is always a treasure trove for anyone looking for new or old music.
Alternatively, there are currently two official CRSSD Festival 2017 playlists available on Spotify, each packed with the best songs from this year’s artists. Hits including Sundream by RUFUS and Love$ick (ft. A$AP Rocky) by Mura Masa are just some of the many EDM classics you can expect from the playlists, and of course the festival itself. We’ve embedded one below so you can get into the spirit!
There you have it, the ultimate way to prepare for CRSSD Festival this fall. However, before we go, it’s probably important to point out that Spring CRSSD Festival has also been confirmed for early March 2018. Acts are yet to be confirmed but we can almost guarantee it will be great.