Digital Dreams Music Festival 2013

Wednesday, July 03, 2013


This past Canada Day long weekend, expectations were most definitely exceeded at this years Digital Dreams Festival at Ontario Place in Toronto. I had the opportunity to attend this music event and let me tell you, it was well worth it. Two days of electronic music and thousands of EDM crazed fanatics, headliners consisted of Porter Robinson and Tiesto along with an amazing line up including, Art Department, Dillon Francis, Bob Sinclair, Paul Van Dyk, Wolfgang Gartner and Dash Berlin.


With apparently a so called provincial flood watch and the annual Pride Parade downtown, the flocs of young and old were still in high attendance at Digital Dreams. Fans were weather ready for what mother nature supposedly had to bring, but with a lot of wishful thinking and crossing fingers, the rain held off and the clouds passed over, leaving us with clear skies for a fun filled night.


The crowd present was of diverse backgrounds and showcased their styles in various costumes from furry boots, face paint and lots of neon. There was an eclectic feel in the air. Fans had the choice of three stages: House of Boom, Echo Beach Stage and the Dreams Stage. The House of Boom was a tented venue that catered to dubstep and darker bass sounds, whereas as the Dreams Stage featured more mainstream acts and was more along the lines of trance and techno. Then Echo Beach Stage was mainly techno with tech house influences. Personally, I found the Dreams stage was by far the place to be all weekend as the DJs kept the crowds pumped and bouncing to their beats.


As for the lineups, food and drinks, everything was smooth. There were free filtered water stations that made sure you stayed hydrated and a handful of food trucks on site for those hungry party goers. With more than 50,000 people over the span of the weekend of a sold out event, day two brought even more people and choosing whom to see among the three stages proved to be the most difficult task as Dash Berlin and Dillon Francis played into Wolfgang Gartner and Noisia. But being my smart self, I choose to stay at the Dreams Stage for the entirety of Sunday to top the night with Tiesto, confetti and fireworks.


At the end of the weekend, thanks to Cruel Travel, I had to opportunity to attend Sunday's after party at The Hoxton where Dillion Francis, Destructo and Hydee hit up a storm with their tunes.


The two day outdoor event was a complete success and you should consider attending next year, if I still haven't convinced you yet here are two more reasons: fantastic location with great views and a lineup of DJs that are sure to please your taste in electronic music. My experience was overwhelmingly positive. For a music event such as Digital Dreams expect large crowds, loud music, uniquely dressed individuals having the best dance party!


Enjoy!

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