Moonrise is one of the most anticipated festivals of the summer in the East Coast, with four stages and dozens of popular artists such as DJ Snake, Chris Lake, Excision and more.
Heres what stood out to me the most during the two jammed packed days we were there.
// DAY ONE, 8/11
The two-day electronic dance was back for it’s fourth year. Moonrise touches all corners of the dance floor with styles spanning from hip hop, house music, heavy bass and everything in between. There were four stages, each one dedicated to a different style of music. They were close enough to each other that it was no more than 5 min walking distance from each other, but far enough away that there was no sound bleeding, which is a problem a lot of festivals run into.
photo by Erin Yasmeen @erinyasmeen
The festival was packed with tons of incredible artists into a relentless two day lineup. It was the opposite of chill, but in the best way possible. From the moment we got to Pimlico Race Track, we were in party mode, and there were no signs of stopping or slowing down….
Until it did.
A thunderstorm warning caused the festival to pause for an hour and a half. Although it barely rained, Moonrise officials were worried about lighting striking the grounds. Better safe than sorry! We did however get blessed with a beautiful double rainbow.
A lot of attendees were super bummed out about the rain delay because a lot of big headliners such as Diplo, and A Boogie wit da Hoodie, and Kaskade were set to play at the time of the delay. However, Moonrise officials found a way to have everyone play and shifted set times so that no one would miss their favorite artists. Each artist did their best to give everyone an amazing experience despite the weather-related issues.
Seeing all the different type attendees was a wild experience in of itself. There were dozens of 15-year-olds, fans that were 25 and over, but also a decent amount of older folks which was super cool to see. Just shows that music can really bring people together.
// DAY TWO, 8/12
Day Two was also nothing short of insane. Just like the first day, the diverse amount and types of talent allowed festival-goers to experience all genres of music.
We raged to Grandtheft and SNBRN before the weather became ominous and we had to evacuate once again. Unfortunatley, this time it was for a lot longer than Day 1.
However, the rain didn’t stop people from having fun and dancing, even creating a dance circle inside the race track.
When we did finally get back into the festival, Excision was there waiting to blow our minds.
Good energy and good music was in abundance this weekend and it was safe to say Moonrise did not disappoint.
Even through all the unfortunate circumstances and bad weather, the Moonrise Production crew were truly in it for the fans. After being bombarded with all kinds of curveballs, the production crew still managed to provide attendees with the best possible experience they possibly could.
Stay tuned for Highlark’s recap video and take on the festival.