On the scene of CounterPoint Music Festival 2014 were thousands of smiling faces, a well-rounded roster of artists, and press entities such as DJ Times magazine. Here’s what they experience over the three day event:
Rome, Ga. —In the fall of 2012, Counterpoint Music Festival made its debut a few minutes outside of Atlanta on the wide fields of Fairburn, Ga. Aiming to fill a Georgia festival void left in the wake of 2007’s Echo Project and the then-defunct Music Midtown, the event offered a surprisingly robust lineup of EDM superstars, including Skrillex, Avicii, Steve Angello and Bassnectar.
A few months later, news that ID&T was bringing the inaugural edition of TomorrowWorld to the same site called Counterpoint’s fate into question. After skipping 2013 entirely, organizers announced Counterpoint would be moving north to the site of the annual Atlanta Steeplechase horse derby in Kingston Downs. The 2014 event was retooled slightly from its DJ-centric beginnings, offering a more diverse lineup that included rap, rock and R&B.
DJ Times camped out at the festival this past weekend, and this is what we saw:
Friday Highlights: After heading out in the early afternoon, what’s usually an hour-long drive turned into a four-hour odyssey (which included two hours of on-site traffic caused by an over-allocation of car camping spots) that got us to the main stage just in time for most of Big Gigantic’s set. The Denver duo threw down heavy bass accompanied by jazzy saxophone riffs, and the heady crowd ate up their remixes of Adventure Club’s “Do I See Color” and Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us Down.”
The evening truly shined, though, with a frenetic set from Mat Zo on the festival’s dance-focused Steeple Stage, which kicked off the after-dark activities that kept the action high as the temperature dropped low. Zo kept the electro-house loud and pumping throughout, with pitch-bending and time-warping drops that kept the ravers on their toes. Jonas Rathsman wrapped up our night over at the Underground Stage with a heaping dose of booty-bouncing tech-house, the likes of which were nowhere else to be found the rest of the weekend.
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