Summer Set Music & Camping Festival 2016 Review
We arrived on the scene of Summer Set Music and Camping festival around 6 pm Friday and the crowd was already well under way at the main stage for Mija, EDM’s newest bad ass female dj with plenty of basslines and wobbles in her repitoire to come equipped for a bass heavy set or a deep techno set. This set was one that was more geared towards the former and she did not upset our bass happy crowd that showed out from cities like Minneapolis, Milwauke, and Chicago. After a while we moved on to catch Tory Lanez getting things started over on The Grove stage. While the crowd was rather small for this performance, he had all 156 people singing along and engaged with almost every track, that dude is a performer! After his set we cooled out in the grass and made some new friends while the stage was prepared for the 2 hour STS9 set that was about to take place. For anyone who has never had the chance to see this band live, please do yourself a favor before it may be too late. Talk about a vibe that just does not stop! Props to their drummer and bongo player for not missing a note all two hours, that set was something special and there was definitely something in the air and no, I am not referring to the DMT stench that wafted into the crowd every so often. Dazed and confused from what we just experienced, we herded over to the main stage with the rest of The Grove crowd and settled in for Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment. This was our first time seeing Chance live and while it wasn’t quite as energy packed as the following nights headliners sets it was a perfect ending to a great first day of the fifth year of Summer Set. We skipped over to The Grove stage after Chance for the Friday night official after party and set up shop for Mija and Zhu. The vibes were right here all night long! Some fans in VIP were lucky enough to catch an intimate secret vip set from Cherub while the official after party was going down.
We arrive back on the grounds for day two around 6pm to catch the end of Autograf throwing down some tropical vibes on The Grove stage. We were at Summer Set a few years back for Autograf’s first ever festival set and it is quite amazing to see how far that trio has come, big ups guys! After that we jetted over to the main stage and got comfy to witness Alison Wonderland throw down a bass heavy party set. This was our first time catching one of her sets and we are definitely fans, talking seamless transitions from her own originals to classic rap tracks like ‘Move Bitch’ by Ludacris. Following her set was Minneapolis hometown rap duo Atmosphere, a late addition to the lineup proved to be a solid decision. The crowd was beltering out the lyrics to old and new Atmosphere tracks, being from Minneapolis it was definitely something special to be a part of. Closing down the night was none other than Bassnectar, back for his third year at Summer Set. His sets are always something spectacular to witness. With his array of bass pads, wobbles, and notable samples filing the airwaves, he always has the crowd eating out of the palm of his hands! After his set finished up we headed back to The Grove stage for the Saturday after party which consisted of Illenium and Jauz. We stuck around for a little while and saw Jauz get the crowd going from 0 to 100. We snuck over to the VIP area and caught Autograf throwing down a dope ass deep house secret set. With only about 10-20 other folks in the VIP at this time it was definitely a fun treat to witness.
We arrived on Sunday right as Claptone was finishing up his set in the Big Top and it was quite a shame to see how small the crowd was. He supplied a couple familiar tracks from his latest album, ‘Charmer.’ We then headed over to The Grove stage for Rufus Du Sol and the crowd here was also rather small. It seemed all the midwest kids were at the mainstage for marshmello. Rufus Du Sol put on an amazing live set with all of their originals in the mix. They had the crowd chanting along and something about being there in the Sunday sunshine just seemed all too perfect. After that we caught some funky vibes from the Slovenian bred dj/producer Gramatik. This was a perfect set to chill out to and get down before a main stage slaughtering from Skrillex. We headed over to the mainstage a little early to secure a spot and it looked like the Big Top was packed to capacity for NGHTMRE‘s closing set. We kept on waling and found a place at the mainstage and at about 9pm we were hit with lights and bass. Skrillex put on a top notch show as always and it seemed like all of the raver kids in the crowd would keep going for another two hours if Skrillex had been able to keep the tunes coming. An epic ending to the 5th year anniversary of one of the best festivals in the Midwest. Shout out to the teams at SIMShows, React Presents, and Majestic Live for teaming up and bringing Summer Set to us year after year. We will see you in the cornfields next summer!