After the 2018 Das Energi showed major logistical issues in the festival’s aim for growth, it overcame those issues with great fervor after a successful night one at its 2019 event. Each of the last couple of years have marked significant growth for the festival, as it transitioned from a single-day concert event to being rebranded as a major two-day music festival. With growth, however, comes growing pains, which came in the form of massive public relations disasters as the 2018 event saw weather shut downs and public safety issues galore. Nevertheless, the festival’s parent company—V2 Presents—aimed to tackle those issues head on and deliver a seamless festival experience to as many as 10,o00 attendees throughout the first night.
Increased Production Value
What became immediately noticeable in the 2019 event was that its increase in production value brought Das Energi from the ranks of a local event to a top-tier production. While the new mainstage set up—called The Reactor at Energi Field—looked more DIY than its previous counterpart, the Temple of Boom, it lit up the massive crowd once night fell to reveal an impressive and intricate stage set up that was not lacking in creativity. There was no shortage of neon and pyrotechnics, as the intricacies of the stage each lit up to reveal a production that made the scene more memorable.
The mainstage—which was set up to look like a power plant, going along with the theme of the festival and playing off of the industrial spaces in nearby Magna, Utah, served as a home for some of the nights biggest headlining acts in electronic music today. Acts like RL Grime, Said The Sky, and K?D took the MainStage throughout the night to a roaring crowd of thousands that proved—if anything—that EDM is alive and well in commercial festivals.
Meanwhile on the beach stage, art installments littered throughout the sand created a garden of neon for festival-goers to play in and around. Two access points into the beach area made it easy to navigate in and out of the Energi Fields stage area without having to shuffle through tightly-packed crowds until it got dark (though a third entry behind the crowds would make it easier overall). While the Galactic Flats beach stage played host to smaller, bass-music focus artists instead of mainstream headliners, it maintained a large enough crowd to create hype without feeling empty. Overall, space was the overall improvement that V2 made to its 2019 event.
Less Crowds – More People?
To combat overcrowding, the festival crowd sourced public opinion from years past to come up with ways to prevent too many people from being in the same place at the same time. For this reason, each of the three stages had their own headlining act and genre focus to create a balance in where the audience was at all times. As indoor headliner Tchami played to a crowd of enthusiastic techno and house music fans, the outdoor stage attracted fans of the more traditional EDM sound, though each area was not lacking in space for people to enjoy themselves (which, admittedly, felt sparse at times).
The well-curated lineup revealed to be a success among the masses, as headliners from each genre played to their strengths and made the crowd go wild with a steady stream of bangers (millennials love a good banger). All of it, set to the stunning backdrop of the sun setting over the Great Salt Lake, made the festival a memorable and positive experience for many. Das Energi also paid close attention to guest safety this year, releasing statements of encouragement for attendees to report things like harassment or medical emergencies, assuring that attendees would be taken care of properly if anything bad were to happen.
Overall, the first day of the event showed that Das Energi and V2 took guest criticism into account when it came to planning for the 2019 event. Where weather shutdowns and parking disasters proved to be a setback in 2018, they were made a priority going into 2019 to assure a seamless guest experience.