Usually, the final day of a festival feels a bit slower than prior days, but the energy level at Seismic Dance Event 4.0 last night held strong as attendees gathered to tie a bow on the weekend’s festivities. For a homegrown event that was already filled with high notes, the final day of the 4th edition of the festival tightened the community vibes while still elevating the good times and great vibes. The caliber of talent for the entire festival was insane, but it really felt special last night when artists were joined on stage by their close friends, adding to the sense of family and community on which RealMusic Events has built the production company.
Attesting to the love that Kelly Gray and Andrew Parsons, the minds behind RealMusic Events, hold for the Austin scene and those within it, local artists Phamstar, Jenna Shaw, and Alec Michael kicked the day off, each bringing their unique flavor of house music to the three stages. ALTEON, another Austin staple, and Dallas-based Red Eye followed on the Tsunami Stage while Sohmi took on the Volcano Stage and KILL SCRIPT took on the Frequency Stage. Attendees flowed in freely as the day was blessed with pleasant weather, packing the grounds well before the sun began to set. A notable return to classic techno fashion could be observed, but it definitely seemed like comfort was the bottom line for everyone.
The Volcano Stage was blessed by two duos in a sequential fashion: Township Rebellion and Adriatique. The warehouse vibes were immaculate within that red-lit room and the energy levels, from both festival-goers and the DJs, were running high as ever. Rinzen, who played the Frequency Stage on the previous day, returned for another set on the Tsunami Stage, preparing the crowd for a highly anticipated live set from Booka Shade. In a similar fashion to Friday and Saturday, Sunday saw evenly distributed crowds amongst the three stages, indicating the thoughtfulness in stage lineups to get traffic flowing throughout. Bleu Clair, Volac, and Latmun b2b Wheats kept the jungle/tropical sounds flowing at The Frequency Stage while attendees danced away any potential Sunday scaries.
As 8 PM rolled around, a palpable shift in energy could be felt across the grounds – the best acts of the night were coming on and excitement was rolling through the air. The presence of Toolroom Records was felt on The Frequency Stage when Eli Brown played prior to label owner Mark Knight. Michael Bibi showcased his unique production style on The Tsunami Stage. These two stages gave way to their own on-stage parties as the night progressed. As Damian Lazarus and Black Coffee rounded out the Tsunami Stage, Patrick Topping and Dom Dolla did so on the Frequency Stage. The backdrops were filled with cheerful artists in a manner that can only be reflected by the phrase “homies supporting homies.”
In the meantime, The Volcano Stage saw some underground deep and dark techno. From HI-LO to Reinier Zonneveld to Pan-Pot, the room was filled with bouncing bodies and shuffling steps lit up by lasers and flow toys. It was welcomingly hot in there, and the dance floor was on fire. Nina Kraviz closed out in true Russian fashion, with a cigarette and wine glass in hand as she commanded attendees with her entrancing beats.
Austin, thank you for the warm welcome to Seismic Dance Event. There really is a special feeling of family and community within this scene, and that was further highlighted by the experience of Day 3.