It was freezing cold and raining a couple weeks ago when I walked up to the first night of BLAP Productions and EyeHeartSF Presents Wintersalt Music Festival in San Francisco. A fitting scene for the name. That didn’t stop girls from showing up in rows in the usual raver gear, bikini and all. Too amped up to party, they could care less. Fort Mason has a ton of big empty buildings that don’t really see much use except for special events like this one. There was a lot more of a crowd than I had initially thought there would be. Lines were long and people were getting amped up to get into the show.
The festival was located inside a huge rectangular building. The first thing I noticed was the smaller of the two stages on the left. This stage featured some incredible talent over the weekend including Revolvr, Robot De Niro, Viceroy, Panic City, and No Shirt No Shoes DJs. This one was smaller than the Main Stage, but was by no means small at all and had great production in terms of sound and lighting. There was a pretty large area with tons of room to dance.
After you made it past the little rage-fest at the first stage you were onto the beer gardens, live art, on-site screen printing for T-shirts, games, and finally the Main Stage. This stage boasted some great production and an even better lineup with artists like Zedd and Diplo headlining with Paper Diamond, Dillon Francis, DJ Shadow, and Theophilus London. I finished up an interview just in time to catch Paper Diamond shred the crowd. I headed into the VIP area located behind the Main Stage to get something to drink. I could see Paper D shufflin’ around while he played a killer set.
There were huge, high-quality visualizer screens on either side of the stage with two others mounted onto the front of and behind the DJ table. They displayed some great custom Wintersalt SF art that looked like the old MTV symbol between sets. The sound was on point with some slamming bass.
I wandered outside to check out the festival grounds and found the building the show was in was right on the bay. It was a beautiful view even with a little rain. Everyone was having a great time. I cruised along and found a few food trucks and had a burrito that was so good you wouldn’t believe me if I told you. The side of the food truck had an article about “Top 10 Food Trucks in America,” or something to that effect.
I wasn’t able to attend the second night to catch Diplo and the rest but I’m sure Saturday turned out just as successful as the first night. This festival far exceeded my expectations by stepping up their game and taking the show to the next level. The line-up, the atmosphere, and the festivities were extremely well done. EyeHeartSF and BLAP Productions have only set the bar high for themselves. They have plans to make Wintersalt SF an annual music festival. With so much surprise, and such a fun experience full of great music in the first year, we can’t wait to see what they’ve got up their sleeve next year. We’ll see you there! Cheers.
Make sure to come back next week to check out our interviews with Revolvr and Robot De Niro from Wintersalt SF.
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