It’s hard to believe that we’re reaching the end of Seismic Dance Event 4.0, but as the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun,” and day 2 was certainly a testament to that. With a similar caliber of artists as day 1 and improvements to overall logistics, the festival reached sparkling new heights…quite literally. Even though there was still an abundance of black clothing amongst attendees, there was a notable amount of more sparkles and shimmer. Steele Grooves and Robert Roman kicked off the Volcano Stage while Slyde Drexler B2B Brettley Beats and Josor took on the Frequency Stage. Oats & Honey, a wholesome collective made up of best friends and an interesting backstory to their name, had their own little party on the Tsunami Stage.

Even though it was a bit of a slower trickle for attendees to roll in, probably due to the late-night afterparty (in true underground rave fashion), the early attendees certainly brought enough energy with them to take on the dance floors. As Raul Facio, Doseph, and Kai Castro finished their sets, the space began to fill in again. Festival goers stopped to fill up on their water, at which the hydration station had been relocated towards the entrance to make it easier to find, before heading off to find the sound that suited their taste. Another improvement made was the flow of traffic in and out of the Volcano Stage, leaving one door open for inbound attendees and another open for outbound attendees.

Speaking of the Volcano Stage, Carl Craig (aka Unkle Carl) blessed it with a 4-hour set due to unfortunate travel delays for Rebūke. While he kept the crowd going within the red lights, Andrew Parsons warmed up the Tsunami Stage for Illyus of Illyus & Barrientos, who was then followed by Cloonee. Rinzen and Jonas Rathsman held down the Frequency Stage, which was alive with jungle vibes and plenty of flow toys. Attendees dressed as angels and devils danced through the stages while astronaut and mannequin head totems signaled their respective owners’ locations; all of the casual chaos of a music festival was present and accounted for.

As the night carried on, Yotto, Regard, and Satori all brought their own flavors of house music to the table, giving attendees plenty to boogie in between, particularly given the 1.5-2 hour timeframes for each artist. With colder temperatures than night 1, some attendees chose to change outfits while others sought warmth at the amply-staged standing patio heaters. Ida Engberg kicked off the dark trance vibes at the Volcano Stage, where a Baby Yoda puppet made an appearance, while Kyle Watson smoothed out the Tsunami Stage with soulful energy. Duo Bedoiun brought forth vibrant melodies, lining up the Frequency Stage for a DJ set from Bonobo. Even though I know it’s logically possible, there seemed to be more lighting production for night 2 between all of the stages. Solardo‘s set was glistening with blue lasers while ANNA darkened the trance soundscape to red lasers.

All of the glitz and glamor of day 1 was surpassed by that of day 2; the upward trajectory only means that day 3 will close out the weekend with spectacular moments. Gates open at 1, so don’t be late!

Photos by Elena Lin and Chilly Media.

Elena Lin Administrator
I am a concert/festival photographer based in St. Louis, but always eager to travel for new music and experiences and to meet new faces!
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Elena Lin Administrator
I am a concert/festival photographer based in St. Louis, but always eager to travel for new music and experiences and to meet new faces!

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