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Pacific Festival – Oak Canyon Ranch – Irvine, CA – 08/13/2011

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Pacific Festival – Oak Canyon Ranch – Irvine, CA – 08/13/2011

Posted on 17 August 2011 by Sam

Check out this Pacific Festival Mix from aRod | GottaDanceDirty™ while you read our review!

illness 0,40,0″> PACIFIC FESTIVAL 2011 PROMO MIX by aRod | GottaDanceDirty™

 

It was a sunny Saturday afternoon when a large number of the WAPA crew piled into cars and headed down to Orange County for the 2nd Annual Pacific Festival in Irvine, CA.  We were all excited to see what the festival would grow into this year because last year’s PF was held in the much smaller Triangle Square Shopping Center in Costa Mesa, home to popular nightclub Sutra.  The Oak Canyon Ranch has gained notoriety as a great venue filled with lush trees and scenery, thanks to it’s hosting of the annual Lightening in a Bottle Festival.  So, we were all excited to see what the fuss was all about.

 

We arrived around 4:00pm and walked over to the guest list/will call line to secure our tickets.  We’d all managed to obtain comp tickets which ended up being a double edged sword; while we didn’t have to pay, this meant we had to wait in a rather lengthy line of people all doing the same thing.

 

After some hassle and headache we all finally managed to make our way into the festival.  Our first stop was the Shagadelic Stage which was pretty much exactly what it sounds like.  It was a full size bus that had been converted into a stage covered in fake fur so that it looked somewhat like a dog.  We didn’t linger long at this stage because shortly after arriving they let loose a monstrous blast from an enormous fog horn attached to the side of the bus, nearly deafening us all.  Slightly annoyed and shocked by this, we headed over to the Main Stage to catch some of !!! (Chk, Chk, Chk).

 

Tyson, Hollie, & Myself

 

!!! put on a good set.  I’d never seen them before and I’m not terribly familiar with their catalogue of work, but I knew enough to know that they’d put on a high energy set of good indie dance rock.  They did just that and got the growing crowd dancing quickly.  I have to admit, I only half watched their set because the crowd of people in the VIP section was quickly growing to include more friends than I’ve probably ever seen in one place at a festival.  It was like all of the Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego scenes had converged in one place for an afternoon of fun in the sun.  It was great seeing so many friends, throwing back beers and chatting enthusiastically.  It was clear that the day’s sobriety was starting to go out the window, a fact welcomed by all.

 

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Next we managed to drag ourselves away from the Main Stage for a bit to head over to the Pacific Stage for some of Phantogram’s set.  Again, I knew virtually nothing about this band except that fellow Party Animal Kylie Nelson had seen them the day before at Outside Lands and gave me a glowing review, so I decided they were worth checking out.  I’m glad I did, because their set was nothing short of awesome.  Band members Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel both possess phenomenal voices that created a very haunting, hypnotizing vibe.  If you have not heard this band yet I highly recommend you check them out.

 

 

After watching some of Phantogram’s set and chatting it up with my good friends from Gotta Dance Dirty at their merch table, fellow Party Animal Kate Green and I headed backstage to the artist area to fill up on some free beer.  Back there we ran into lots of good friends and did some more chit chatting and mingling.

 

Kate Green & Myself

 

Next it was time to head back to the Main Stage for Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki’s DJ sets.  I was particularly excited for these because my group PeaceTreaty is signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records, and we’ve also shared stages with both Steve and Calvin several times before.  They’re both great guys and always deliver stellar performances.  Unfortunately, due to circumstances that were surely out of their control, both of their sets were plagued with sound system problems, but this didn’t stop them from getting the crowd riled up and crazy. Steve especially delivered his set with his usual gusto and high energy punch, spraying the crowd with champagne and causing general zaniness to ensue with his hit tracks “Warp 1.9”, “Pursuit of Happiness (Remix)”, and the amazing remix he did with the Bloody Beetroots of Refused’s classic “New Noise”.  Despite the sound problems, both DJ’s delivered excellent sets filled with their tracks that fans have come to love.

 

Steve Aoki

 

Finally  it was dark and one of the two acts we’d all be waiting for took the stage.  If you’ve never seen Texas-based Ghostland Observatory before than you’re really missing out.  These guys put on one of the most ridiculous live shows I’ve ever been fortunate enough to witness.  From the moment band members Aaron Kyle Behrens and Thomas Ross Turner took the stage, the whole Main Stage area was a raucous dance party.  Their crazy blend of electro, rock, and funk keeps people dancing until their feet fall off.  Top that off with the craziest laser light show I’ve ever seen a band carry on the road and you’ve got the makings for a killer set every time.  I’ll admit that I was too busy dancing to really pay much attention to the set list, so I’ll just let these pictures I took speak for themselves.

 

Lasers!

 

 

Noodling

 

With the crowd now in full rage mode, there was only one thing that could shift the party into stoner sway mode.  I’m talking of course about the Doggfather himself, Mr. Snoop D Oh Double G, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, a.k.a the one and only Snoop Dogg!!  Though he took the stage a half hour late in classic rapper fashion, no one seemed to care once the lights dimmed and the opening notes of his first track hit the speakers.  From the moment Snoop stepped on stage he had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand.  Clouds of marijuana smoke filled the air immediately and didn’t let up until he stepped off stage.

 

I have to say, it was quite surreal seeing Snoop perform live finally after following his music for so many years.  I really believe him to be one of the most iconic performers of all time, so finally seeing him in person just feet away from us was kind of a trip.  He really brought his A-Game to this performance too, carting with him a backing DJ, drummer, and percussionist, as well as various MC’s, dancers, etc.  He busted out all of his classic hits including “Gin & Juice”, “What’s My Name?”, “Next Episode”, “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, and my personal favorite “Regulators”, which featured an on-stage appearance by Warren G.  He also made sure to include a very touching moment of silence to honor his deceased comrade Nate Dogg.  Snoop’s set was packed front to back with amazing tracks including a new track which I didn’t catch the name of, but it was definitely a banger.  The whole WAPA crew thoroughly enjoyed his set and I can safely say that considering his canine nomenclature Snoop is definitely a Party Animal!!

 

 

By the end of Snoop’s set the WAPA crew was pretty tired and due to Snoop’s tardiness Cut Copy’s performance did not begin until it was supposed to end.  Knowing that we had long drives ahead of us and that traffic getting out of the festival would be gnarly, we decided to skip Cut Copy’s set and head home.  All in all the day was a good one filled with the usual WAPA antics and shenanigans.  Despite some logistical and sound problems and the most insanely long beer lines I’ve ever seen, we all still managed to have ourselves a good time thanks to the good vibes, great music, and good friends.  Hopefully next year Pacific Fest can work out these little bugs in their system because they really do have the makings of a great festival on their hands.

 

Porta WAPA

 

Here’s another Pacific Festival Mix from Them Jeans!

Pacific Festival 2011 Mixtape by Them Jeans by pacificfestival

 

 

 

Also, since none of the mixes included tracks from Ghostland Observatory (WTF?!?!) here is there latest dance floor rocking beat.  These guys kill it every time.

 

Ghostland Observatory – Kick Clap Speaker by wearepartyanimals

 

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