With time comes experience, and in this case, the years of curating dance music events have given the organizers of Together Festival a definite upper hand in delivering the best possible outcome. The past weekend of 4th and 5th May 2018 at BITEC Convention Centre saw thousands of music enthusiasts come together adorning colorful outfits, flags of their countries and shimmering creations of handmade signs for their favorite acts. There are several factors that allowed this year’s edition of Together Festival to be the most successful one yet. If you were in attendance, read on to relive the experience, and if not, here’s what you missed out on!
For a glimpse into the first night's madness, check out our 30-second recap below!
Together Festival’s ongoing theme of modern minimalism was taken to another level with this year’s stage design and production work, leaving everyone impressed over the curved main megastructure. Taking up a major part of the back end of the hall, the stage consisted of gleaming lights running across the ceilings and panels that stretched both upwards and downwards, giving the illusion of a perfectly rounded concave frame. Manned by a professional team of audiovisual directors, the nights were an ongoing rotation of a vivid stage display. Striking laser strobes shot out in waves, while cannons of gleaming confetti and streamers burst above the crowds in rainbow showers. The experience was topped off with perfectly timed sparklers and fireworks with each pulsating drop. Check out the photos below!
A definite highlight of the event, however, was the bass music feature on the first night. The second stage, albeit a smaller structure, was in a league of its own with panelings arranged together to form a cube-like horizontal structure. Brohug, Snails, and 4B stole the show one after the other, leaving the area in an energy-filled chaos of loyal headbangers and mosh pits. Swedish group Brohug kicked off the festivities with unique melodies of future house, while Snails drew in masses of attendees with his power-loaded mix of “vomitstep”. 4B performed a string of his popular Jersey Club tunes, including the latest “Whistle” collaboration with Teez off of DJ Snake’s new record label, Premiere Classe.
While each of the main stage acts - Alan Walker, Carta, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, Hardwell, GTA, Sander van Doorn - put on an incredible show, the three honorable mentions of the weekend would indeed have to be Thomas Newson, Carnage, and Marshmello.
Last minute addition Thomas Newson became an instant crowd favorite as he played his selections of upbeat groovy house and latest release “Ragga” that not just climbed Beatport charts, but also the hearts of the audience. Attendees roared in cheers as Carnage took to the stage next and put on a set for the books with a grand display of his upcoming collaboration with Timmy Trumpet, as well as an ID with KSHMR and Showtek. The ASOC founder had fans in heartwarming tears after showcasing a touching tribute to his late friend Avicii, but quickly lifted spirits with his energy pumping trap build ups so cleverly mixed into psy-trance drops.
Not one to miss the masked performer, the main hall area was packed to the brim for Marshmello’s closing set. Fans sang along to his global hits “Alone”, “Silence” and “Wolves” while world-class visuals by Gestal Theory danced across the screens, further enhancing each festival-goer’s visual experience. Marshmello’s final song of “Friends” with Anne-Marie closed out the festival in a bright show of vivid cartoon animations and sparklers. Revelers left the hall with wide grins and high spirits in reminiscing a mesmerizing weekend that shall remain a fond memory.
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