Tuesday, 23 August 2011


Identity Festival weather

Hitting 20 US cities across the month of August, the Identity Festival is riding high on North America’s current fervour for all things electronic. The touring carnival features a few key headliners – Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Pretty Lights, Rusko and Avicii – alongside a rotating cast of fellow dance music types.

Like an EDM version of the Vans Warped tour, the whole entourage travels together from city to city in a fleet of buses, leaving a kandi-coloured trail in its wake.

The ID Fest road-trip began in Indianapolis a couple of weeks ago, and it’s already up to show ten. One factor the festival hasn’t been able to out-run, though, is "epic weather fail", in the words of DJ Shadow on his Facebook. At Sunday night’s stop in New York, a heavy rainstorm forced Aoki to wind up his set on the Dim Mak stage after just one track. Cue wet and unhappy Aoki-acolytes.

Following that upset, the Miami date has been postponed, with fears that the impending Hurricane Irene could wreak havoc on the festival site. Given the current crop of disasters at festivals around the world, we’re guessing the Identity organisers are taking no chances.

For the cities that have been able to enjoy the full show, it’s been a smorgasbord of wubbs and anthemic electro-house, with the occasional curveball like Modeselektor or Holy Ghost. Top billing has gone to Kaskade, who’s now sporting a raised DJ set-up flanked by pulsing video screens.

The picture above was taken during Steve Aoki's set in Jones Beach, New York.
#EPIC lightning shot!

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