RBMA Weekender 2017: Day 3

By Sofia Luu, Feature Photo via Red Bull//Drew Gurian

The Red Bull Music Academy Weekender took over the city of Montreal with four days of back to back, hard to beat programming that consisted of past RBMA participants and other talents that made it very, very difficult to choose which day to attend, if you had to choose.

Saturday’s event, very timely named Equinox, was presented in collaboration with local cultural organization, Never Apart. The lineup itself, was designed to attract and perhaps even challenge even the mightiest of rave warriors. Taking place at the cavernous Usine C, the dancefloor played host to some of underground dance music’s most interesting acts: Jayda G and Courtesy offered daytime sets on the outdoor terrace. When the sun went down, and things took a turn for the dark and challenging with Carla Dal Forno (Blackest Ever Black) and Bourisade (Cititrax), warming up the dance floor and giving us a small glimpse into the hypnotic rabbit hole that Discwoman artists Umfang and Volvox would eventually take us down. The night ended with a back-to-back DJ set from Detroit’ Carlos Souffront and Derek Plaslaiko of the legendary Interdimensional Transmissions crew. To round out the whole experience, the space was further transformed with space-warping visuals provided by Montreal collective, susy.technology.

There were little moments throughout the night were it was hard not to feel overwhelmed. Given the artists’ affiliations and the style of music associated with their labels, it was only a given that the kind of sounds heard were sounds you would not normally hear in a traditional club or rave setting. Initially, the space itself seemed like an interesting spot for a thirteen-hour party, but as the night went on, the use of the space, despite it being quite vast, was fluid. Dancers were able to take a break away from the dance floor on numerous bean bags and couches laid out in the bar area or go outside for fresh air on the spacious terrace. There were no lines or hiccups whatsoever, making the overall experience quite seamless.

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