The lifetime of a headbanger isn’t simple. Loads of people from different genres are inclined to solid a sure gentle over our beloved heavy bass. Discovering well-produced and authentic materials in our world doesn’t occur as typically as we’d like. Artists & label bosses comparable to Excision, Datsik, 12th Planet, and SKisM do a superb job of conserving the warmth coming with albums and EPs from both themselves or artists on their label. However we don’t have sufficient all-bass gatherings right here within the US. Festivals unanimously cater to the mainstream loving lots. We possibly get a bass stage off to the aspect, however by no means the primary stage. Maybe we get a bass artist or two up on the primary stage, however the stage itself isn’t lined up entrance to again with heavy bass artists. Are you able to think about it? A foremost stage stacked with heavy bass? What that may be like? Yeah, ‘holy crap!’ is true. Let’s take this a step additional and ask, ‘What if the entire competition was heavy bass?’ I’m speaking every part from dubstep to drum n bass. Are you able to see it? Effectively permit me to introduce you to Lost Lands Festival.
Any bass head is aware of of, and could be very conversant in, Excision. Jeff Abel, the person behind the moniker, has been a pillar within the bass group because the starting. His label, Rottun, has given us a few of the authentic constructing blocks of underground dubstep relationship again 10 years in the past. Over time, he’s produced quite a few EPs and albums containing tracks that had been produced alongside fairly the number of names within the bass group. He has carried out at, if not, headlined many alternative festivals over time. He does his personal excursions with stage designs that I’m positive most of us are conversant in. Consisting most not too long ago of the Paradox tour and the Executioner previous to that. Merely put, the person’s a veteran and a legend; and a sensible one at that. With all his years of expertise, he’s gathered sufficient information to know what’s what, the ins and outs, and the do’s and dont’s of not solely enjoying a superb set and placing on a superb present, but in addition how you can set up and arrange what makes a superb occasion as an entire. In order that’s precisely what he did.
Actually, he took what was mistaken with each different competition and made it proper at Misplaced Lands. Like:
One of many largest complaints I’ve heard over time about tenting is concerning the distinction in location from the place one’s automobile is parked, to their assigned campsite. Lugging all that gear throughout presumably muddy floor is usually a nightmare (assuming you’re not one of many fortunate ones capable of get an RV for the weekend). Once more, not the case for Misplaced Lands. Your automobile comes with you as aside of your campsite. Now with all of these individuals tenting, attending to and from the camp grounds will be fairly the hike. Once more, you guessed it, not the case for Misplaced Lands. Jeff and his group organized the tenting structure and site very properly. And for those who had a campsite on the very reverse finish of the campground, fret not, there have been golf cart taxis and pedal bike cabs all over the place working across the campgrounds. When you’re all set on the campgrounds, time to hit the fest.
Widespread errors we’ve all seen embrace; not having sufficient of them, too far-off, unkempt, out of provides, and worst of all, pitch black inside. I’m thrilled to say that none of these had been the case for misplaced lands. Each lavatory I visited was properly stocked with rest room paper (one among my associates even introduced a spare roll from his camp web site, figuring out that is ALWAYS a difficulty at festivals), hand sanitizer, and a movement sensor gentle. Sure, that’s proper. Goodbye to the times of utilizing your smartphone flashlight and dropping it at the hours of darkness blue abyss beneath.
three. Lengthy Traces at Entry?
THINK AGAIN! Jeff had over a dozen lanes absolutely staffed, zoomin’ individuals via to the ever-rumbling bass.
Simply the identify Misplaced Lands makes one consider a spot lengthy forgotten by civilization coated in lush overgrown vegetation. So, in fact Jeff coated each piece of fencing with plastic ivy. A lot ivy in reality, that he and his group needed to buy each single piece accessible at the moment in North America. You may search on-line and never discover a single piece accessible in N.A. as a result of that they had bought all of it! Mix that with the life-size and animatronic dinosaurs, all all through the competition grounds and it’s as if you’d had wandered right into a combo of Jurassic Park and the land earlier than time! These T-Rexes, Brachiosaurus’, Velociraptors, Pterodactyls and Triceratops had been custom-built in China and shipped over with instructions saying they’d take weeks to place collectively. The Misplaced Lands crew did it in a mere four days!
Anybody conversant in Excision is conversant in PK Sound. Jeff has used PK Sound tools on his excursions relationship again earlier than the Executioner tour. Having a historical past like that with a such an organization made it doable for Jeff to amass each piece of apparatus accessible in North America that PK Sound needed to provide. Sure, you learn that accurately. The entire got here out to 750,000 watts!! The unique plan was 500,000 watts. Consider me once I say that this was a welcomed improve.
6. Stage and design
For individuals who got here early, there was a pre-party within the grove on the campground Thursday evening. That stage was Jeff’s Executioner setup. Contained in the fest, the primary stage was the Prehistoric Paradox stage arrange, and the second stage (named Cave of Souls) was an Andrew Gumper* construction with stalagmites and stalactites all all through the inside and absolutely video mapped on the outside. (*similar stage designer because the Sahara stage at Coachella)
7. Security and safety
Loads of safety, each employed live performance employees and native police. Now, I do know what you’re pondering. However I’ve excellent news. Nothing was extreme on both aspect. Heard no complaints of excessive intrusive looking, AND on the opposite finish, there have been zero deaths and zero drug associated medical transports!! Effectively finished bass heads. Can’t neglect about Destroid actually setting the stage on fireplace. Such an emergency may presumably shut down a stage and even the fest for the evening. Jeff and his Misplaced Lands group stayed cool calm and picked up and dealt with the emergency with grace. No chaos, no working, no screaming simply “Child Steps”. The fireplace was extinguished in fast trend, and with the fireplace marshal on scene, every part was dealt with correctly and held as much as code. As soon as he gave his approval, the music was again on and Zeds Dead introduced us all proper again. Which, by the best way, was solely about 40 minutes whole of no music.
All in all, for those who didn’t make it to Misplaced Lands this 12 months, remember to not make the identical mistake subsequent 12 months. I want I had extra time (and reader’s consideration span. Bravo to you who made it this far) to let you know all concerning the units I noticed and liked, however as an alternative, I’m simply going to focus on some my favorites:
Buku – Performed Cave of Souls first evening. Love his music and was actually excited to see him play dwell. The person didn’t disappoint. Stored my ft movin’ the entire time.
Trampa – Performed Cave of Souls first evening after Buku. This man got here out with a drive. Brutal is a really applicable phrase for his set. I feel this set is the explanation i’ve weekly chiropractor appointments.
House Laces – He closed out foremost stage second evening, proper after Zeds Lifeless (who additionally placed on a powerful efficiency). This was my #1. My prime. Holy fucking shit. I discovered myself utterly awe-struck throughout his set. Simply stored saying “WOW”. This was my first time seeing him dwell, however don’t be mistaken, I’ve by no means heard a set fairly like this. My dancing and head banging had ceased at a number of factors and I discovered myself standing in pure awe and disbelief in what my senses had been engaged in. His observe choice, his transitions, his visuals and particular results, all mixed collectively had been not like something I had beforehand witnessed. I virtually don’t even have phrases for it. “Unbelievable” is all that involves thoughts.
Sullivan King – Performed Cave of Souls the second day. I hadn’t heard of him earlier than, however dammit, I want I had. In an unique interview (hyperlink to interview), the person mentioned it was his first competition efficiency and I’ll give it to him, he set the bar fairly excessive. With dwell guitar shredding accompanied with dwell singing/screaming, and naturally, headbanging, he performed an incredible set. The man can actually placed on a superb present and I’m wanting ahead to seeing extra from him.
Excision’s detox set – This was mid-day on the final day at foremost stage. I used to be so comfortable once I learn this on the schedule. And it’s simply what I hoped for. The softer, smoother, and melodic aspect of dub. Excellent solution to begin the day after the insanity of the 2 (and a half) earlier days.
Misplaced Lands Pageant was greater than an incredible weekend and a sight to behold. It was a masterfully crafted occasion now we have all been ready for. Don’t miss it subsequent 12 months. That is it individuals. This has jumped as much as one of many prime land based mostly festivals on the planet (in my humble opinion). However keep in mind, it’s not simply the artists and the music and the arrange. It’s the group. The household. With out that, none of this may be doable. Rock on bass heads, we’ll see you there subsequent 12 months.
Article by Barrett Hoffer
Photographs by Ashlyn Fulton Photography