On July 7th and 8th, Toronto hosted the widely known Bud Light Dreams Music Festival.
Formerly and commonly known as Digital Dreams, this Toronto music festivals star-studded line up was home to some of the worlds top DJ’s and Producers for a weekend. Some names include Dillon Francis’ alter persona of DJ Hanzel, Dillstradamus (Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus), Above & Beyond, DVBBS, Steve Angello, and more. Artists styles of this weekend varied from Trap, Techno, Trance, Dubstep, Drum and Bass, and more. Sets were divided amongst three different stages including the Echo Beach (main stage), Dream House and Waterfront. Some of the most notable sets coming from What So Not, Above & Beyond, Malaa, Steve Angello, and Dillstradamus.
What So Not, one part of a former duo to Electronic Music’s famous artist Flume, is based out of Australia. This producer creates music that ranges along the genres of Trap, Bass, and House. Prior to Dreams Festival, this artist has hosted shows at the late venue “The Hoxton” which shut down earlier this year. His set kept the crowd dancing and head-banging through, and allowed for a new experimental sound for the crowd to enjoy.
With a lighter, more euphoric sound, came headliner Above & Beyond. This trio is widely known for its Progressive Trance music. Nothing but bright hearts excelled throughout the audience. This group really allowed for an overall positive feeling through its set. Through some earthly visuals and wholesome messages they had to share, this was definitely one of the most notable sets for the weekend.
Forming a fun, yet darker tone, came producer Malaa. A wide shift compared to the main stage artists was made with this Future House, Electronic producer. Classified under dance music, Malaa brought a unique tone to Bud Light Dreams festival. Although a different sound and energy that was brought to the crowd, it was one that kept the crowd moving and partying. This is a name to look out for especially in the Electronic Dance music scene.
Steve Angello, one of the festivals headliners, was one of the more obviously loved artists among the weekend. His wide range of dedicated fans showed within the festivals crowd. All over were fans sporting t-shirts, flags, and other forms of merchandise with his name. Former member of the renowned music group Swedish House Mafia (that comprised of Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso), this Swedish producer is widely known for his commitment for many years to the Electronic Music industry and community. Steve Angello definitely lived up to the hype of his fan base, creating a positive Electro and Tech House set.
Last but not least, what better way to top off an electronic music festival but by throwing two of todays biggest names in Electronic music spinning back to back? Answer, nothing. Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus teamed up for a collaborative act known as “Dillstradamus”. Dillon Francis offered his unique style of moombahton to the Dreams Festival sets. Along with this came some of his Electro House, Trap, Progressive House, Deep House and Dubstep remixes and original songs he had to offer. As for Flosstradamus, he kept the crowd raving with his Trap remixes and original tracks. Dillstradamus was debatably one of the best overall sets of the weekend, and not one to miss out on in the future.
Bud Light Dreams Music Festival not only consisted of many amazing Electronic music acts, but also had a lot of activities for people to enjoy. Some other activities the festival had to offer including custom beading stations, photo booths, food trucks, Toronto clothing brand tables, and more. Be sure to check out the festival when it returns next year as it is not one to miss.