bassPOD Rewind: EDC Las Vegas Day Three
- Nick Nishanian
Despite the record-breaking heat, the bassPOD went harder than ever on Day Three at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway! Due to some last-minute safety reinforcement of stages due to the high winds, gates didn’t open in time for the highly anticipated Mitis b2b Kicks n Licks set, but that didn’t stop the fans from rushing to the bassPOD for Protohype b2b Lookas b2b KAYZO!
Midway through the massive three-way b2b, the bassPOD was packed from the front railings all the way back to Rainbow Road, and the crowd couldn’t stop bouncing from left to right with the massive blend of trap and dubstep; a bit of a break from Day Two’s heavy D&B-filled sounds.
As the last sunset blessed bassPOD, the highly anticipated Eptic b2b Habstrakt was nothing short than legendary. Bassrush favorite Eptic—who had already crushed our New Year’s Eve party at the Hollywood Palladium—paired up with French-based newcomer Habstrakt to bring beats that registered like massive rockets exploding straight into space.
Friction then switched things up on the D&B tip with a handful of unreleased IDs surely from his taste-making Shogun Audio label. Pairing his massive drops with deep lyrics created a beautiful atmosphere that gave fans happy feet. Next up, Wilkinson rode the drum & bass train into a deeper sound with his own assortment of unreleased tunes.
In a little Father’s Day tribute, Ookay brought out his dad and introduced him to the entire bassPOD massive before keeping the crowd lifted with his trap/house style. Datsik then jumped in to assault the crowd with his signature Firepower sound and massive booming beats, including a remix of Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot.”
As the night crept on, Camo & Krooked shifted gears back to drum & bass. Even with one of them nursing a fractured leg due to a skate injury, the energy from these two was intense, and the crowd followed suit before Crizzly brought out the twerkers and ratchet activities with his crowd-pleasing crunkstep.
The biggest question of the week—who would the Day Three surprise guest be?—was answered when Dirtyphonics jumped onstage, starting things off with an unreleased ID and bringing back an old remix of Shock One’s “Polygon mid way through their set, which sent the crowd into a frenzy! Closing out the night was Noisia b2b The Upbeats, which set the tone for some incredible neurofunk D&B sounds.
As bassPOD closed out Day Three and ended its epic EDC invasion, it was hard not to look ahead to Thursday’s Excision show at Exchange and get hungry for more bass music madness. It’s going to be quite a year for #TeamBassrush.