Summertime means summer festivals, and the recent surge in popularity of electronic music has led to more rave festivals around the world. The mid-atlantic is no stranger to festivals, hosting all sorts of artists at different venues, but the crown jewel event of the Mid-Atlantic is Moonrise by far. Moonrise has brought out electronic artists all over the map from Tchami to Tiesto and Bear Grillz to Griz.
With less than a week to showtime the anticipation is building. But where did the festival come from and why is it so big? There’s a very simple answer: it all comes down to the city of Baltimore. A festival conceived of in 1999 called Starscape was the precursor to Moonrise, with a surge of popularity in raves and electronic music, a festival once hosting less than 1,000 hosted 14,000 in 2012. After the city refused to give another permit to the 14 year old festival, it died an untimely death. Nobody knows for sure the exact reason as to why the festival was denied permits, but ecstasy was present at this event, as well as elevated temperatures surrounding the festival. For 12 hours EMS was on call to and from the festival, and had it not been for Baltimore’s finest, many would have died. Two club entrepreneurs from DC behind Club Glow Antonis Karagounis and Pete Kalamoutsos’, in an attempt to fill the void left by Starscape created an inaugural moonrise festival in 2014. Over 5,000 people showed up and the festival has been a hit every since.
This years festival is set to be at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course for a second year but the main event is always the lunar stage where we all go to see the moonrise and catch the amazing light shows. Artists playing this mainstage always pack a punch, including Griz, Tyler the Creator, Flosstradamus, and Bassnectar on Saturday, and Gramatik and Excision on Sunday. There are 3 other stages to choose from, including Stellar, Solar, and Celestial stages. On the Stellar stage you can see European and American future house going straight to your face from the likes of Oliver Heldens, and Tiesto. On the Solar Stage, we have bass messing up the place coming from Masrshmello, Jauz, and NGHTMRE. Then back to the Celestial Stage where new up and comers, and more underground artists are playing like the esteemed Louis Futon. Moonrise is a festival showcasing the Mid-atlantic’s identity as one of the powerhouses of the genre, from old to new, underground, to half naked and almost famous.
Moonrise 2016 takes place from August 6-7 in Baltimore, MD. Find more information and tickets online at http://www.moonrisefestiveal.com/, and be sure to follow CisternYard Radio on Twitter and Instagram (@cy_radio) to stay updated on our live coverage from the event.
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