2019 marked the 10 year anniversary of Wet Electric and served as a hidden EDM gem in Tempe! The lineup was stacked, the sun was shining, the water was refreshing, and the vibes were set. Big Surf Waterpark set the tone by keeping the main stage in waist deep water, sans waves. The waves were in the form of ravers equipped with bikinis, glitter, board shorts, and inflatable totems. This one-day festival is, arguably, the best way for locals to kick off pool party season!
The wave pool served as a wide open space for groups to dance, sing along, and most importantly splash! Splashy photos, whether slow motion or portrait mode, were the highlight on any social media platform. Aside from the great venue, water slides, jello shot-filled syringes, and decent craft beer lineup the music was the centerpiece.
With headliners such as Benny Benassi, What So Not, and RL Grime there was more than enough variety in music throughout the day. SLUMBERJACK was a fantastic way to get the early afternoon started with bass-heavy music mixed with an occasional hip-hop song. The coveted golden hour was filled with an array of bass, atmospheric, groovy, trap mixes from What So Not. What So Not lived up to his reputation as an EDM innovator. From sunbathing with soundtracks like ‘Cinema’ to classics like ‘Satisfaction’ Wet Electric delivered on dance music bangers.
There was a much groovier, synthesized, deep house haven at the RB Deep stage. Cut to Bruno Furlan and his infectious grooves and incredible energy! Leaving this stage was tough because the RB Deep lineup was full force bringing house and techno to life! There was a rich palette of dirty dancey, funky, creative and bass-heavy tracks at this stage. Much of my afternoon was spent deeply submerged in this house music haven. Hopefully, this grows to a much larger stage setting!
Relentless beats/RB Deep diligently changed artists and kept everyone dancing whether it was in the wave pool or in the shade! The lineup was well curated and toggling between stages was relatively easy. This allowed the crowds to focus solely on enjoying the sun and wavy beats.
It’s exciting that a one day festival, like Wet Electric, has a strong tenure! Wet Electric stands out most because the crowd size is not overbearing and this made it easier, not only to move around, but feel the crowd energy. Cheers to many more Wet Electric and Tempe!