Body Language Closes With a Unique Mark on Downtown Tempe
Typically when day 3 of a festival rolls around, everything moves significantly slower as people are recovering from the previous days, but there’s just something in the Phoenix community that kept the vibes going at Body Language yesterday, and I genuinely could not have thought of a better way to spend my Sunday afternoon and night. Every single artist from beginning to end left their hearts on the dance floor, and I have no doubt that many attendees did the same because I certainly did.
Avitas, rocking a $60 Zumiez floral smiley shirt, and Von Gold opened up the day, and with a cooler day than previously, the crowd definitely filled in early on to enjoy the sunshine and great music. Sohmi delivered a unique set on Mirage, bringing the crowd along for a journey and using her music as a storytelling vessel. Lucati made it spicy by mixing dancehall energy into his set on Labyrinth while Zule kicked things off in Abyss with deep and dark techno. From there…things just began to heat up more.
Kasablanca was incredible. I have no other words for their set. There’s nothing that really matches up to what they do. Between the coordinated outfits, mysterious vocals, and synth production – it all feeds into an experience unlike any other and the crowd was definitely feeling the magnetic energy. It was difficult for me to move over to any other stages, but the Chicago beats of Gene Farris were absolutely calling my name. He mixed in some classic throwbacks with his heavy bass-hitters, creating an infectious vibe that rolled through fans. Every body was moving and speaking the same language; that’s what the community is all about, after all. Elwer and Clawz kept the dark techno mood going in Abyss, which began to fill to the most I’ve seen this weekend.
Speaking of classic throwbacks, Lee Foss surprised fans with some as well. The set was filled with nostalgic tunes, which made it another level of fun. Gordo and Walker & Royce continued the deep basslines as the crowd swayed with ease. Even though it was day 3, there was still so much energy, contributing to a beautiful way to end the weekend. There was so much dancing and so much movement that you would have never guessed that so many people had already danced through the first two days. Lance Fairchild saw the largest crowd in Abyss, at least from what I saw, and was followed by a closing b2b by Justin Irby and Mutsache Sweat. There definitely was mustache sweat amongst the crowd by that time.
Claptone and Boris Brejcha…I don’t even know where to begin. Both artists were amazing and just kept the dancing going, which marked a glorious final 3 hours of the night. Between the visual experience and the heaviness of the sound system, grooving was an absolute must. Boris was a highly anticipated set from many people I spoke to over the weekend, and to say that he delivered is an understatement to say the least. The energy was insane even as festival close drew to a close, so it was nice to see so many stick it through and feed off the vibes of one another.
This weekend was an unmatched experience. There is truly something special about this festival and to have had the privilege of attending the first edition, especially with the block party format, is a memory I, and many others, will cherish for years to come.