Well, here we are at the tail end of festival season. This years festival circuit had a wide array of talent across the globe. Here at OneEDM we recently had the pleasure of attending Moonrise Festival in Baltimore, Maryland. The 2-day festival returned for its fourth year at Pimlico Race Course on August 12th and 13th. The EDM festival drew in attendees from all over and was certainly not an event to miss. This years lineup featured more than 70 producers and DJs performing across 4 stages within the racetrack.
The Stellar stage was a massive multi-tiered stage with mountainous towers of speakers and visual displays covering the facade of the tiered stage. Artists included Dillstradamus, Carnage, Louis the Child, Yellow Claw, Madeon, Alan Walker, and Excision. The Celestial Stage was a smaller stage located next to the Stellar Stage, but it was not one to be missed.
Crowds flocked to see Elephante, Goldfish Live, Sleepy & Boo, PLS&TY, Pluto, Malaa, and Rezz’s rescheduled set. The Solar Dance Tent was massive with lasers and lights bouncing across the ceiling to the music throughout the day and night; It was no wonder it was constantly packed.
RL Grime, Flux Pavilion, Seven Lions, AFK, Ganja White Night, Zomboy, Slander, and Borgeous certainly did not disappoint and kept the energy levels through the roof. The Lunar Stage was right next to the main entrance and artists such as Porter Robinson, Zeds Dead, Hippie Sabotage, and Pretty Lights Live awed the large crowds.There were two entrances for GA: the main and secondary. Upon entering through the main entrance you’re greeted by rows of vendors and bass pumping from the Lunar Stage and Solar Dance Tent. The secondary entrance was located near the Stellar Stage and the dazzling lights of the ferris wheel. Moonrise was a commuter festival and the parking lots were located on the same side of the festivals as the GA entrances. There was a wide selection of vendors throughout the festival which made it really easy to grab a bite or a drink.
Gates opened at 11 am but the crowds were smaller until around 2 pm. As artist names got bigger and bigger more attendees were rushing to catch their favorite acts. As we arrived at the festival we caught the second half of RL Grime’s set at the Solar Dance Tent. All the attendees were so happy and were clearly enjoying the festival in its entirety. As we moved onward we caught Morgan Page at the Stellar Stage and Goldfish Live at the Celestial Stage.
We were back at the Lunar Stage before Migos set (scheduled for 6:30 pm) when festival goers were told there was a weather evacuation and that they needed to leave or seek shelter immediately. While many attendees refused to leave at first, a majority of the crowd was moved to the grandstands or left to their cars or hotels.
As the rain started pouring down and lightning started to strike everyone softened up to having to leave after realizing the severity and that evacuation was definitely necessary. Around 9 pm the gates to the festival reopened. All of the sets scheduled for the rest of the night carried on as planned and a few artists who stayed around were able to play a rescheduled set. A lot of people had already left at the evacuation, so the audience was smaller for the rest of the night.
Things really picked up on Sunday. We arrived bright and early to see and so did many others. Due to the inclement weather the day before, people who purchased Saturday passes were able to attend on Sunday as well. With a bigger audience things were much busier, much earlier in the day.
We asked some of the attendees who they were most excited to see throughout the day. One person was excited for AFK, Ganja White Knight, Hippie Sabotage, Yellow Claw, and Pretty Lights. Another wanted to see Zomboy, Slander, Excision, and Dillstradamus despite some overlapping set times. In the evening we caught Porter Robinson’s set before the end of the night. Borgeous, Malaa, Pretty Lights Live, and Dillstradamus closed out the night drawing the audience to all four stages.
In all Moonrise Festival was wonderful. The people were happy and friendly and the energy was incredible (sometimes the crowd can be kind of rude depending on the event, but that was not the case here). Parking was a little crazy but it always is with large events, especially in a city. The lines to enter the festival moved relatively quickly and security did a good job keeping the crowds in check even with the issue of a weather evacuation. Being a Baltimore native I had heard of Moonrise and had thought about going in the past but never did. I’m glad that I finally had a chance to experience this festival. Moonrise is a smaller EDM festival but I think that definitely adds to its character because it feels like a more connected experience. Definitely, the best way to end the summer for many.
The lines to enter the festival moved relatively quickly and security did a good job keeping the crowds in check even with the issue of a weather evacuation. Being a Baltimore native I had heard of Moonrise and had thought about going in the past but never did. I’m glad that I finally had a chance to experience this festival. Moonrise is a smaller EDM festival but I think that definitely adds to its character because it feels like a more connected experience. Definitely, the best way to end the summer for many.
The only thing that they festival could have used was more water stations. So many people had Camelback style bags and the lines were insanely long for people to get water. The volunteer team was wonderful giving out water to everyone, but more water stations would have been nice as well.