The Tajín Clásico seasoning generously sprinkled atop my pineapple, mango and strawberry fruit cup fueled my meandering. Roaming the Spring Awakening Music Festival (SAMF) grounds with open ears plus an open wallet, I made multiple VIPs (very important purchases): this Love & Bass Co. t-shirt that read “Your Mom Likes Riddim,” one black halter top with embroidered unicorns—air quotes—covering each lady lump and a $5 silver belly chain because I’m clearly a product of the ’90s. On a scale of 1 to 10, I looked a solid 2018-FISHER-Losing-It basic.

Throughout this three-day exploit, I took the plunge into unfamiliar territory by avoiding artists I’d already seen perform—in the flesh. Fortunately and unfortunately, there were more than 90 prodigious producers playing SAMF but only one Sydney. Clearly, the odds were stacked against me.

This year’s breakout DJ, Noizu, destroyed The Function stage with his bass bumpin’ tech house vibes and GIF mystique. Notoriously known for his team effort with Bristol’s Eli Brown, “Inside My Head,” Noizu’s live show possessed the same burning magnetism that made FISHER and Chris Lake household names.


TroyBoi gave way to Mr. Bun Up The Dance himself Dillon Francis on the Solstice Stage; Francis’ fuego spectacle was an unexpected but welcome surprise. He finessed festies through visual satire, zany mashups like “Bohemian Rhapsody” vs. “Losing It (Anthem Kingz Bootleg)” as well as a compelling tracklist from start to finish.

Galantis’ Christian “Bloodshy” Karlsson and Linus Eklöw dreamt up a kaleidoscopic wonderland that doubled as a pyromaniac’s wet dream. Their progressive house sing-alongs (i.e, “No Money,” “Runaway [U & I],” “We Can Get High” with Yellow Claw) drew a massive crowd: transporting us to a playful parallel universe for an hour also reminding us, time and time again, not take life so seriously even in an oh-so-series world.

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