Imagine Festival: A Southern EDM Wonderland

 Photo courtesy of Imagine Music Festival

Photo courtesy of Imagine Music Festival

Imagine Music and Camping Festival just wrapped up another neck-breaking year and attendees are still feeling a whirlwind of emotion. Attendees of Imagine Festival at Atlanta Motor Speedway were completely immersed in an aquatic, EDM wonderland for a weekend. From a pool with beach balls outlined in beer pong tables to circus acts in aquatic creature costumes, Imagine Festival’s atmosphere was on point this year.

The weekend kicked off with a wicked schedule featuring 12th Planet, Shlump, Galantis, Eddie Gold, and The Glitch Mob. The Disco Inferno stage had deep, funky bass vibes coming out while the Oceania Stage was throwing down bangers back to back. When Riot Ten dropped his hit Rail Breaker it really set the tone for the whole weekend; everyone joined in together for a synchronized headbanging session. Armin Van Buuren closed out the night on the Oceania stage and Noisia closed on the Disco Inferno Stage which left attendees craving more funky grooves on Saturday.

Saturday radiated funky vibes and face melting bass with artists like Space Kadet, EOTO, Bear Grillz and Liquid Stranger on the schedule. The day kicked off with mellow trance vibes from local Atlanta DJ Zen Selekta on the Amazonia Stage and then the grooves kept moving as Space Kadet took the stage. Space Kadet is a local Atlanta electronic live band that proves you don’t need to be a DJ to produce dance music. To shake things up with some funky bass, Levitation Jones then took the stage and attendees packed in tight to get down to his set. The filthy bass from his set was shaking the bleachers at Atlanta Motor Speedway! After Levitation Jones brought the crowd together for some funky bass, EOTO took the stage to show everyone the power of loopers, midi controllers and mixers. Though few live bands make it onto lineups for EDM-centric festival, many bands like EOTO prove that dance music goes beyond turntables.

The rest of Saturday night was spent at the Oceania stage getting down to some of the biggest names in the EDM scene. Bear Grillz took the stage and had everyone in the crowd headbanging to his filthy bass. Bear Grillz dropped his hit with Getter known as EDM and had the whole crowd chanting along with him. Liquid Stranger then took the stage to take attendees on an otherworldly adventure through dub step and wonky bass. To close out Saturday night with a bang the Oceania stage hosted Bassnectar, followed by Alesso.

Sunday came and the air was filled with a kinetic energy that was ready to boogie the night away. They day kicked off with Juju Beats on the Amazonia stage and Midnite Panda on the Oceania Stage. From there, attendees were stoked to see Getter throw down some wonky bass from the Oceania stage. The crowd began to get dense as attendees began preparing for RL Grime to take the Oceania Stage, and his set did not disappoint at all. Attendees began to flock the Oceania Stage as they were preparing for the big finale of Kaskade, but that didn’t keep anyone from jetting over to the Amazonia stage to take in some Shpongle and Griz. Many people made their way to the Amazonia stage to hold down a spot to have their minds melted by Shpongle and then get funky with Griz.

Overall, Imagine Music and Camping Festival is great experience from the lineup, to the atmosphere and the food. Throughout the weekend, attendees had the opportunity to grab some delicious bites from vendors like OooWee BBQ, Island Noodles, and Gouda Boys. In between the beats and delicious bites, attendees could relax in by the aquatic activities area or take a walk down Main Street to enjoy some spray paint art or have their bodies marbles by Psychedelic Dips. Many attendees have complaints about water stations being an issue at this festival, however there are several throughout the venue they just get a little backed up during big headlining sets. Imagine Music and Camping Festival is expanding to become bigger and better every year it returns, which leaves attendees on the edge of their seats for what could possibly be in store for 2019!

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