The end of September brought us the second annual Goldrush Arizona. After last year where we struck melodic gold we were anxious to step into the venue and check out the stages. Inside awaited us a massive line up that featured headliner after headliner. So Down, Deorro, Chris Lake, and Virtual Riot were some of our personal favorites.
Insomniac brought an experienced team of light and sound engineers who dazzled us with plenty of fire, lasers, and lighting. Their experience was particularly evident when Slushii took to the stage bringing with him plenty of fire and confetti. Slushii’s eye-popping 3D visuals went perfectly with his signature trance music style. With so many visual elements in his set there is always something drawing in your eyes.
The Rawhide is known to bring house music so it is no surprise that “The Black Book Experience” by Chris Lake was our highlight of Goldrush. The Black Book Experience features legendary collaborations with infamous artists Green Velvet, and Walker & Royce. The upbeat song “Lose My Mind” made the audience go into a frenzy and fall in love with house music all over again.
Virtual riot got down right robotic with heavy hitting industrial sounds. This turbo blasted music was packed with energy and had the whole house moving. This German DJ set was plentiful with dirty riddum dubs that had the crowd plenty to headbang down to the end of their set. After seeing this performance it was no surprise to hear that Virtual Riot recently played at the 2nd annual Lost Lands festival alongside artists Excision, Flux Pavillion and Jauz.
With another great Goldrush in the books we look forward to seeing where year three will take us. In the meantime, let’s finish out this year strong with Decadence Arizona on New Years. And begin to figure out who you’ll be bringing to not one, but two days of Crush Arizona.
Written By Brandon Lopez and John Miller