With many dreamers not sleeping, the Saturday sun rose on Dreamville quicker than expected. Pregames started as soon as tents were open and ravers were eager to be released back into the festival grounds. Incredible Saturday brought the fresh new sounds of All Gone Pete Tong, the European vibe of the Belgian stage, the aptly named “All Your Bass are Belong to Us” and the big room beats of the Anthem stage. As a New York resident, I was proud to see Atrak’s Fool’s Gold Clubhouse featured as well, bringing his unprecedented skills to the deck along with his fellow prodigies and friends.
Roaming the forest, it was easy to get caught up in stages as you passed by each one. Kitsune remained a consistent go-to for deep and techhouse, with names like Justin Miller and Jacques Renault playing both solo sets and B2B sets that would make any deep house/ nu disco fan happy. This was my favorite stage to stop by and explore, hearing new sounds from artists like Liv Spencer and The Deep DJs and adding them to my list of artists to follow-up with post-festival. The Bass-heavy All Your Bass stage was an experience in itself, with fans packed in to have their faces (and eardrums) blown off by the blaring, earth-shaking bass. Massive dub and bass artists like Zomboy and Delta Heavy more than delivered, seeming to shake the entire festival grounds with their sound. At times this stage was a little too heavy for me, but the crowd there was raging harder than any other, which was a sight to see.
The Anthem stage brought an eclectic mix of artists to the stage, such as house legend Robbie Rivera and electro/trance favorite Gareth Emery. Despite coming from different genres, each brought their infectious anthems to the stage—whether it be the vocal hit “Concrete Angel” or Danny Avila’s massive big room hit “Voltage” each artist brought tons of energy to the stage, which was reflected right back to them with the crowds high energy. In tune with TomorrowWorld’s heritage, the Belgian stage brought lesser-known but just as amped artists to the stage, bringing new talent a new house sound to the stage. Antwerp local djs “The Oddword” pumped up fans early in the day with their dark house sound, while progressive sounds of Sem Thomasson had the crowd on a melodic high. I highly commend TomorrowWorld for bringing this stage to Atlanta and taking a chance on artists that are lesser known in the state, giving the crowd a chance to explore and fall in love with new sounds.
Fool’s Gold brought some of the most talented dj skills to the stage, with deckmaster AraabMuzik, bassmaster RL Grime, and more to the stage. At this stage, I was most excited to see Codes, who I last stumbled upon at a warehouse party in Brooklyn and fell in love with his sound. His so-called “Brooklyn Bounce” sound and catchy vocals skills are an infectious, disco-house virus, implanting itself deep into your brain and staying there for weeks on end. Mix this with his skills on the deck and playful genre-hopping, he is a must see at any chance. Throughout his festival set, I couldn’t help but smile and dance along as he put the entire Clubhouse into a groove.
For tech, house and progressive lovers the All Gone Pete Tong was curated perfectly, with heavy hitters such as Maya Jane Coles, Fehrplay, and Dubfire alongside the master himself. Overall, his stage was solid throughout the day, making it hard to leave and explore other artists. Fehrplay was one of the first artists I couldn’t miss that day, and he didn’t disappoint, creating a set true to his melodic progressive style. Maya Jane Coles kept her set minimalistic but groovy, creating subtle changes that kept the crowd moving. Despite playing for a huge festival crowd, Coles commanded the stage and pushed out one of the more memorable sets of Saturday by creating a techhouse journey that floated from driving basslines to ambient vocals and beyond.
On the mainstage, crowds were treated to an international delight of djs, from the Austrailian duo Nervo, to Swedish powerhouses Axwell and Alesso, Scot Calvin Harris and Dutch headliner Afrojak. Unique to Tomorrowworld, Afrojack and Steve Aoki combined powers to headline as “Afroki” and a short but sweet set was born from this collab. Playing old and new tracks from this happy partnership such as “No Beef”, “Jump” and their self-titled track “Afroki” their pop-house hits kept the crowd dancing totems waved throughout the crowd. While their time together also brought out some of the more cliché festival tracks such as Sandro Silva and Quintino’s “Epic” the mainstage crowd didn’t seem to mind. To close out the night, Steve Aoki brought his usual cake-throwing, raver-rafting antics to finish out the night, closing another paragraph of the book of wisdom’s epic tale.
This post originally appeared on Electronic Nightlife, now a part of beatcue.