After a slow first start to I Love This City on Friday, the second day at Shoreline Amphitheater kept a bit of the momentum (and substances) from the night before.
Saturday was the more expensive day of the two – $60 as compared to $50 – and with that came the bigger acts. Tiesto and David Guetta, both of whom had a major influence in the launch of electronic music into pop culture, were the two main anchors of the evening.
The afternoon’s time slots stood packed with Doctor P, Madeon, Felix Cartal and a roster of other reliable reasons to dance. It seemed that more people showed up for day two, and that was a good call on their part. In this case, more people equalled more fun.
However, there were still a few organizational mishaps. Huge lines formed for people trying to get out of the distant lawn and up close into the seated area, but once you left the layered seating area there was no coming back without a special stamp. No beer runs, no bathroom breaks, no exceptions.
This lead to a lot of confused people (the drugs and alcohol probably didn’t help), who didn’t understand why they couldn’t go to their prime seating. A lot of security guards were screamed at, a few were pushed, and some people resorted to jumping over fences and barriers.
None of that really mattered after dark though, when it was easier to sneak around and the chaos was embraced. Yelps of joy rang out alongside the piercing synths of the main acts. Confetti rained from the heavens. Pelvises shook like the cases of subwoofers. More confetti. And I Love This City finally had enough rabid energy to turn that massive tent into something special.
(Check back for photos of Tiesto and Madeon, they must be “approved by management” before use.)