This year’s spring edition of CRSSD Fest was definitely a great festival for chill music lovers. Amazing artist such as Odesza, Lane 8, Cirez D, and Chet Faker filled the air with down tempo and deep house electronic music and it seems as if the crowd loved every minute of it. The stages were CRSSD worthy and the vibes were something none other than CRSSD could bring to San Diego.
Now, with this being said, I have five things that I truly feel would have made my CRSSD experience a whole lot better and less overwhelming.
1) The entrance was beyond packed.
Just getting into this venue took a lot out of me. It was literally a 20 foot wide open hallway where we were all forced to pack in like animals and try our hardest to not get pushed before entering the event. To make matters worse, the amount of people shoving their way forward made the line seem much longer and security was nowhere to be found in order to stop the shoving and the cutting in line. Now I am not complaining about the cutting, however, a much better ORGANIZED line would have helped keep the good vibes I had going in.
2) The bathrooms… a true horror story.
In my opinion, I feel as if this venue was oversold. I am not new to crowds, however if an event is going to be sold out, let’s make sure access to a restroom does not take 45 minutes. We got into the line for the event around 2:30, by the time we got in and the time it took us to use the restroom it was now almost 5:00 and I missed most of my favorite artist Gryffin. To top it all off, people were forced to double or even triple up to use the restrooms because the packed crowd outside the doors was ruthless. We spoke to the attendants outside the bathroom and they said they were going to wait for security back-up before even attempting to maintain the bathrooms.
3) The venue is so beautiful; why cover it the view with 10 ft fences?
I was so excited that an event was going to be held at this amazing venue until I walked in and I couldn’t even see the ocean that was literally less than 100 yards away. Just about the entire festival was surrounded by tall fences that were covered in a green material that blocked any view of the outside surroundings. I agree that the fountain feature was awesome, but it would have been so much better if the ocean atmosphere could have been enjoyed too.
4) Leading up to the event, awesome food and drinks were being advertised, but…
Almost a month leading up to the event, numerous posts from all different outlets had been covering the amazing food and mixed drinks this festival would offer. However upon arrival, these “awesome” items were merely a booth with a boring white banner saying “Chinese Food” or “Tacos.” I understand appearance isn’t everything, but when I walk up to a few booths, and none of the attending servers acknowledge me, (or in some cases, two guys hating life sitting in lawn chairs,) it is off-putting and makes the entire food and drink aspect undesirable.
5) The stages were great, but the sound was not up to par.
I personally loved the stages at CRSSD, their designs were awesome and it brought a good vibe to the areas. But, the stages are obviously too close together. I was standing at the sound booth of mainstage trying to listen to Odesza close out the night, but all I could here was Jamie Jones from the other stage. It is never a good idea to put two stages basically facing each other; if this has to happen, at least make it loud enough to only hear one stage when at the sound booth.
These five things did not ruin my time at CRSSD. I still had a good time and so did the people I was lucky enough to attend this festival with. Although these five things did stand out to me more than anything, if CRSSD addressed these issues, this festival has the potential to be absolutely amazing. The vibes are already there and the place has the ability to be beautiful, I would love to attend this festival in the next few years and see the development of this company. CRSSD is obviously on the right track, however there are just a few things that need to be brought to attention.
Heres some of the amazing photos taking at CRSSD!