‘Bring your own IDentity’ – Review of IDentity Festival in Toronto

‘Bring your own IDentity’ – Review of IDentity Festival in Toronto

It feels like Toronto is getting spoiled this summer with all the great EDM events swinging through the city. As each event is high profile (proper promoter, corporate sponsorships, etc.) you wonder which event will be a dud? So far none of the one’s I’ve attended.
The event in discussion this time around is IDentity Festival held at the Ontario Place Flats (just outside of Molson Canadian Amphitheatre). Now keep in mind, this is the same venue as Digital Dreams, so I was entering it with an extra bit of nostalgia. Needless to say, it did not disappoint.

crowd

I arrived at the venue just before the Bingo Players took the stage at 7:30pm. I’ve wanted to see them for awhile since they pumped out banger after banger – Cry (Just A Little), Mode, and Don’t Blame The Party. Instantly they had the crowd going, and their interesting visuals behind the stage helped the vibe. The mood of this set was reminiscent of the Dreams stage a few weeks prior (even though this was at the Echo Beach stage which was the Digital stage at Digital Dreams). As the sun went down and the crowd got ready for Madeon to take the stage, I ventured my way over to the Rockstar Energy stage for some dubstep to close out my night. Unfortunately I can’t say much about Madeon, nor headliner Eric Prydz as I wasn’t there.

Excision

The Rockstar Energy stage was going off from the moment I entered the venue, but initially bypassed it to catch Bingo Players. The reason I returned to this stage was to see Excision. From the moment he went on, he had the crowd in the palm of his hand, yet he was at risk of losing us a few times. 4 times during his set, the power went down. Usually I would assume after the 2nd time, the DJ would get frustrated and leave the stage. Excision kept re-trying and eventually treated the crowd to a really dark – bass heavy set. I brought a friend to the event that has never heard dubstep in a live realm, and she was hooked instantly.

crowd 2

Next up was the headliner Nero. Great set overall, although different than Excision.  Nero is a UK dub artist, so you notice the difference in styles. It wasn’t as bass dominated, but it did hit hard. As I said in my Skrillex review, I still do think dubstep is a (huge) phase, but a good one to boot. Congratulations to Nero for scoring the opening slot on Madonna’s upcoming MDNA North American tour. The pop – top 40 crowd will not know what hit them. If you hold a ticket to the event, make sure you get there early!

Summer is almost at the halfway mark, and Toronto is showing no signs of slowing down. We still have Mad Decent Block Party, Veld, Justice, and Calvin Harris all coming our way!

…until next time!

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