Images: Peter Zebak
The first of its kind which launched this past August 11th in Nobelesville, IN, the Identity festival is a 20-city North American tour (cancellation for August 25th in Miami due to hurricane warning), presenting the finest in electronic-only music featuring top notch DJ and artist talent from around the globe. Challenged by unrelenting thunderstorms, thousands of candy colorful fans celebrated the 9th tour stop this past Sunday at the Nikon Amphitheatre, Jones Beach, NY. Upon entry we made our first stop to the Rockstar Dim Mak stage with break beat maestros The Crystal Method at work. With the rain steadily misting, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland forged ahead with their set and played until mother nature took full control. We took shelter and spent some time in one of the Skullcandy merchandise tents and caught up with two fans who stated, “The Identity festival gives electronic lovers the opportunity to gather together and experience both established and emerging talent onto the scene. There is so much new music and innovation going on right now. It allows you the chance to see and hear what is trending next”.
Skullcandy representative takes shelter from the inclement weather with a smile
Next stop was the main stage where we were welcomed by Dutch DJ Chuckie (Clyde Sergio Narain), then followed by 21 year old Swedish DJ/Producer Avicii (Tim Bergeling) who energized the crowd with a well thought out set that included Philter “Revolver” (Avicii remix), “Levels” with the classic Etta James sample “Something Got A Hold On Me”, “Fade Into Darkness” and closed with “Seek Bromance”. During mid set, Dim Mak label founder Steve Aoki made a cameo appearance to cheer Avicii on, when his own performance was abruptly stopped one track in due to the weather conditions.
Swedish DJ/Producer Avcii takes to the main stage
A view of the crowd from the media pit
With a solid handling of the festival grounds, a much needed meal session was due. We made our way for some quick bites and stayed their for the next hour along with a crowd of other shelter seekers. The wind picked up along with a dose of thunder to follow, resulting in the cancellation of a few headliners that included instrumental/experimental hip hop pioneer DJ Shadow and Daniel LeDisko one half of LA Riots. One steadfast festival goer was compelled to state, “I came here just to see DJ Shadow, but I’ve gotten my fill of some other amazing acts today”.
As the night sky gave way the treble and bass brought a determined crowd back to the main stage with Philadelphia based electro-rock band The Disco Biscuits, then followed by a highly anticipated set from Ultra artist
Kaskade (Ryan Raddon) who delivered a compelling technicolor performance that brought attendees to euphoric levels appropriately opening with the track “Raining”, followed by his new release entitled “Eyes”. An assortment of other tracks included a remix of Skrillex “Scary Monsters, Nice Sprites”, “I Remember” closing with the final two remixed songs “Don’t Stop Dancing” and “4AM”.
The Identity festival proves to be a solid event production providing the subculture and music aficionados a full day of festivities with room to blossom into something greater. We’re looking forward to what it has to bring. For a closer look take a look at the gallery below.
Kaskade closes his set by thanking the crowd