Veld 2017 Review

Veld 2017 Review

Friday, 25 August 2017
Music News

Since 2012, Veld Music Festival has been the home of electronic dance music and hip-hop music at the grounds of Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario, with the major help of INK Entertainment. With nearly 30,000 attendants per day, Veld has been one of the main hubs for music lovers all over Canada.

This year, the festival was held on August 5th and 6th. Regardless of the long weekend and other big events happening around Toronto, Downsview Park was overflowing with fans. The festival included three stages. Maximum security was on duty as the guards watched the festival goers even from the furthest hills, placed at the highest points of the grounds, ensuring everyone’s safety.

The first day started with a little rain, which did not stop anyone from jumping around in the muddy fields. Things were heating up by the afternoon as German DJ Robin Schulz grabbed the attention of everyone by performing his most popular tracks on the Main Stage, including his remix of “Prayer in C”. His guest artist Francesco Yates fired up his performance. At the same time, A$AP Ferg from the A$AP Mob was taking control of the Remy Martin Stage, which was decorated with three giant post-apocalyptic cars. This famous rapper from Harlem was declared as “Artist to Watch” by the Rolling Stone as he released his second single “Shabba” off Trap Lord, and he lived up to his name with his highly energetic performance. Madeon was another name in the festival that generated a lot of hype among visitors. Dancing was inevitable. Dubstep lovers were also pleased as Israeli DJ and the founder of the Buygore Records, Borgore, got on the stage. The next big act was the American hip-hop trio from Lawrenceville, Georgia- Migos. As a reminder, the group released Culture as their second studio album this past January, featuring performances by 2 Chainz, Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, and DJ Khaled, which was debuted as number one album on the Billboard 200. Their act was dynamic and didn’t look like Takeoff was left off Bad and Boujee. At a predominantly electronic music festival, it was amazing to see everyone singing along to “T-Shirt”. Zedd also offered a high quality performance with colorful visuals, including remixes from well-known names such as Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliott, Queen, and Nelly. Future was the closing act of day one of Veld 2017. A famous rapper from Atlanta, he performed songs from his newest FUTURE and HNDRXX records, and throughout his set, he showed a high level of enthusiasm for every single song as the crowd went crazy and sang along.

On the second day, the weather was in favor of the festivalgoers. Notable acts included Protohype, who satisfied the audience with a set filled with bass and riddim. As he took control of the Remy Martin Stage, everyone was head banging. After Protohype, American hip-hop artist Nebu Kiniza heated up the atmosphere and prepared the crowd for the upcoming hip-hop acts with his short performance; while the well-known DJ, 3LAU, and his two other guests Madison Beer and WWE wrestler Mojo Rawley were entertaining the music lovers at the Main Stage. The audience seemed to really enjoy the performance as 3LAU played top favorites from other artists, such as “Humble”, “Goosebumps” and even “Sandstorm”. Other attention grabbing performances included Ookay and Getter, who both mixed and blended different genres together, including names like XXTENTACION, into their set list. It was announced very last minute that Lil Uzi Vert had to replace his set with French due to border issues, but that did not stop Lil Uzi Vert from giving a solid time to everyone. Nonetheless, he is always showing his appreciation of the city and shares his love with his fans in Toronto. Tory Lanez closed the Remy Martin Stage with his act. As a side note, he was nominated for several awards including Fan Choice Award, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and Rap Recording of the Year at this year’s Juno Awards. His energy kept the people singing for the entire act.

Moving back to the Main Stage, towards the end of two days of non-stop music, Tchami pleased the audience with his future house sound. Grammy winning artist Tiesto was next, who was also the first DJ to perform a solo concert at a stadium in 2003. People went wild as he played his classics, including “Adagio for Strings”. Electronic dance trio Major Lazer was the last act of the festival. Their show was extremely satisfying in every possible way, through their song selection (“Shape of You”, “Light It Up”, “Bun up the Dance” remixes and more), visuals, dancers, references to the Caribana Weekend, and an overall fire show. As Diplo jumped in a huge hamster ball and surfed through the crowd, everyone went crazy.

Throughout the festival, the Sony Xperia stage was the home of the electronic music that is more on the Techno, House and Progressive side with notable artists such as Victor Calderone, Pleasurekraft, Claptone, and Sasha & John Digweed.

Veld 2017 surpassed everyone’s expectations this year. There were no logistical issues, negative news or an unsatisfied audience. In addition, the weather was no issue (part of day two of Veld was cancelled last year due to bad weather conditions). The only thing that could have been improved were the long drink lines; even though organizers came up with smart ideas such as loading money to the wristbands so that everyone could get their drinks faster. However, at the end of two days, it was surprising that the majority of the festival went smooth without any issues for one of the biggest organizations of the year. Veld 2017 was a great experience overall.

Ayse Barut
Edited by Ishita Sehgal

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