Bassnectar’s much anticipated 2-day Basscenter festival took place this past weekend in Commerce City, Colorado. With a fully loaded lineup including esteemed artists like Flying Lotus, Flux Pavilion, Porter Robinson, and Wu-Tang Clan, this festival was instilled with the kindness and artistry established at it’s inaugural show in 2010 at Madison Square Garden.
Nearly 50k attendees enjoyed the state-of-the-art sound and light systems highlighting the incredible talent brought together for Basscenter before, during, and after the main-stage show. Bassnectar’s multimedia team premiered works and collaborations with renown visual artists worldwide, including new visuals for the Unlimited Album which electrified the audience well into Friday and Saturday nights.
FlyLo was very vocal and interactive with the crowd, regularly throwing out his two cents and getting a positive return when telling the crowd to throw their blunts on stage. Flux played a killer, pounding set from start to finish with little reprieve. Porter’s set was beautiful and bass-heavy, essentially playing his World’s set but incorporating some darker themes with his iconic anime-style visuals. Wu-Tang Clan was hype as expected, with a huge high-energy crew on stage. Lorin (Bassnectar) himself was spectacular as always, incorporating mind-melting visuals and speaking intimately with the crowd about the festival.
The bass was so extreme at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park that Commerce City residents mistook the many, many drops for an earthquake. One complaint brought before the city council by local Joe Quillin has already been remixed and garnered over 130,000 views.
While the booming sound may not have been music to everyone’s ears, this was a festival marked by compassion: Bassnectar, the many ambassadors, and the attending bass heads all contributed to an inspiring community environment. The bass head cleanup that has occurred at previous festivals continued the “leave it like you found it” mentality, leaving a spotless stadium and camp ground. During his Friday night set, Lorin asked everyone to make a new friend and checked Saturday to see if everyone had (by way of loud cheering from the packed stadium).
Charitable contributions were made throughout the festival through a number of venues. The Dollar Per Bass Head charity fund allocated $1 for each ticket sold, amounting to an impact of $50K simply for attendance. Food donations to Conscious Alliance will provide 1,200 meals to families and the Bass Network donation drive collected school supplies to benefit the Denver Public School Foundation and 14 schools in the Denver area. The distribution of reusable Nalgene flasks saved over 20,000 disposable plastic bottles.
The good vibes of Basscenter were carefully calculated by Lorin himself along with a dedicated team of ambassadors, and felt widespread by all who attended. This incredibly well-planned and orchestrated event was a privilege to attend for new and old bass heads alike.