Summer Set Music Festival 2014 Review
Home to Somerset, Wisconsin, Summer Set Music Festival is built on the determination to offer the Midwest a refreshing summer experience – and one that we can count on. In its third consecutive year, Summer Set has proven to be one of the standout festivals of the Midwest while offering an interesting balance of talent, both on and off the stage. Given the multi-genre nature of this festival, four stages were implemented this year to offer the variety of atmospheres, desired by its attendees
Parallel to the music selection of this particular festival, many can agree – SSMF is truly about the community surrounding the music. The essence of Summer Set’s character is found in its campgrounds. The incredible displays of the campground create an energy that permits us to escape any routine lifestyle, while promoting creativity and expression. This exact feeling is what compels Summer Setters to return for another experience. Regardless of the time of day or night, when walking through the campgrounds, you’re immersed into an array of music, hometown signage, and character – ultimately depicting the Midwest music festival’s free-spirited personality. Not to mention the collection of after-parties — from an iPod plugged into a small speaker to a full on renegade stage with Green Velvet and Datsik dueling on CDJS until the security shuts them down… Yeah this happened Sunday night of this year’s festival.
In a more modern term, the campgrounds of Summer Set promote an entrepreneurial foundation to build on. This community, formed by various genres of people, is hard to put into empathetic words. When you’re a part of it, it seems like a lifetime. Looking back on it, however, it feels more like a dream. Each year, the Summer Set community seems to grow and build off the last, creating this sense of Déjà vu. Snippets of music traveling throughout the campground remind us of those specific moments created in this elongated moment in time.
We saw plenty of sets this past weekend and we would love to go into detail on all of them however that would make for one hell of a long write up, so here’s our favorites. Starting with Friday, we were nice and warmed up early on in the Big Top Tent thanks to the help of Moon Boots and his funky jams. After an hour of some straight 4×4 footwork, next up was Manic Focus. The electro soul-funk producer had a huge crowd for his third consecutive year at the young festival, filled with plenty of friends and fans from his native and current homes of Minneapolis and Chicago, respectively. Before heading to the main stage we caught one last set in the Big Top Tent. That set was none other than Figure and damn did he throw down. While drawing a huge crowd, Figure destroyed all leaving them with a huge smile on their faces as they headed to the main stage. Here we caught Chromeo wrapping up on the main stage with some groovy goodness before we were given a lights out performance by the main man Kaskade — ultimately closing out the first successful night of the festival.
After waking up all sorts of strung out on Saturday we finally got it together and made our way to the Big Top Tent for some soothing sounds from Autograf. The duo from Chicago may be better known for their other project, Midnight Conspiracy. However, I wouldn’t sleep on Autograf if I were you — already hosting some amazing remixes and covers, these guys have developed a nice chill sound of their own and I am excited to see them expand on it. A couple other notable performances at the Big Top Tent for Saturday were Caked Up and Claude VonStroke. Caked Up threw down a set with nothing but energy thanks to big room house infused with trap and heavy electro. Later in the night, Dirtybird boss man, Claude VonStroke, threw down a wild set ranging from deep house to booty bass to breaks. We ALWAYS love catching a CVS set. Of course, don’t forget about Flux Pavilion with probably the most packed set at the Grove Stage all weekend. His set had plenty of feels and sing alongs with the lyrics of his classic tracks being belted out by the whole crowd. Closing out Saturday was none other than Big Gigantic. Having played the festival all three years so far, Big G are basically the SSMF poster child. Their percussion and jazz-heavy set was nothing short of amazing, like always!
Needless to say, Sunday morning was a real struggle. We finally got up and at’em. After plenty of campground chillin’ we made our way over to Myon and Shane 54 in the Big Top Tent. Their set was filled with energy and progressive bangers! It’s always a pleasure catching one of their sets. Another notable set from Sunday was Green Velvet with his banging tech-heavy set towards the end of the night. This Chicago legend will never upset! He even made a late night dj appearance on a renegade stage in the campground — talk about dedication. Of course, there is one set that we were all waiting for and that is of course, Bassnectar‘s closing set on Sunday night. This one was absolutely spectacular. I don’t know if it is the fact that it was the last set of the festival or what, but something was in the air. The crowd had nothing but energy, jumping higher on every bass drop and, of course Bassnectar returned right back with banger after banger. The icing on the cake was of course the confetti cannons — emptying the festival remains. It was truly a surreal ending to an amazing weekend!
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