San Diego’s CRSSD Festival has always boasted amazing talent on their lineup. The biannual event has noticeably booked promising and beloved artists, as well as rare performers that aren’t usually on the North American festival circuit, attracting around 15,000 music lovers to the southern California event.
This year’s spring edition of CRSSD sold out again, and I couldn’t wait to escape a dreadful Denver snowstorm and head out to see what the festival had to offer. I already knew some TSIS favorites like ODESZA, Whethan, Lane 8, and Petit Biscuit would be there, but I was also looking forward to the highly acclaimed house and techno talent that was being displayed on other stages as well.
After seeing some amazing sets on the main Ocean View stage during the daytime that attracted attendees in the thousands (Jungle was one of the best all weekend), we decided to dive deep into the dark techno vibes of the City Steps stage at night. Artists like Stephan Bodzin, The Martinez Brothers, and Maceo Plex’s alter-ego Maetrik had us in a state of rhythmic hypnosis.
Since CRSSD’s main event ends relatively early in the evening (11pm on Saturday and 10pm on Sunday), the festival does a great job in booking the local night clubs and venues to host tons of epic after parties. We were able to attend the one at the Hard Rock Hotel which featured some very dope house DJs like Justin Martin, OMNOM, Mason Maynard, and many more who all killed it. The hotel was completely decked out with three different rooms, creating its own festival-like environment for the weird late night hours.
CRSSD exposed us to a bunch of incredible new music that we’ve never heard before, and also allowed us to witness some of our favorites that we know and love. The lineup alone was enough to entice us to come out to San Diego, and it was without a doubt worth the trip. Enjoy!