“Hardstyle, Bananas and Cakes : A Day and Night at Big Slap Festival 2014 “

*written by Crystal Garcia for Electronica Life

Earlier this month, a few of the biggest names in Electronic Dance Music today made their way to Malmo, Sweden for a 2nd edition of the sold-out Big Slap festival. With wild success in 2013, this years festival harbored an even more impressive lineup hosting the likes of Arty, Afrojack, Sander Van Doorn, Dada Life, Showtek and Steve Aoki. Now in it’s second running year, Big Slap Festival has made a name for itself as one of Southern Sweden’s premiere Electronic music festivals.

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Taking place at Pildammsparken, a scenic park in central Malmo, the one-day festivals setting alone was quite the sight to be seen. The entire festival grounds were surrounded by a 360 degree high-rise symmetrical tree fence. It was easy to feel as though you had just entered an enchanted forest, waiting for Snow White and her seven dwarfs to appear in the crowd at any moment. While boasting just one stage, Pildammsparken proved to be the perfect location as the entrancing trees provided a stunning backdrop for each DJ’s performance.

The twelve hour long soiree began as hometown hero Joey Massa kicked off the days festivities as attendees began to trickle in. Local talent Massa, was also provided with creating the Big Slap 2014 anthem, appropriately titled “Anthem.” Sweden’s own Style of Eye, hit the decks next as the crowd began to get rowdy.

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Arty appeared next to prove that there’s “No party without Arty.” Well, at Big Slap that is. Raindrops poured down halfway through Arty’s set, but of course this didn’t put a damper on the Swedes accustomed to daily rain. Pumping fists, waving hands and grooving bodies filled the crowd in a dance inviting rain and soon enough it disappeared as quickly as it began.

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Big slap returning artist Afrojack, took over the stage in his casual demeanor. The audience went wild as the beginning melody of the festival season anthem “Summer”, played through the speakers and sang along to every word  of “Ten Feet Tall.“ The dutch sensation appropriately closed his set with the track that skyrocketed him to fame just a few short years ago “Take Over Control.”

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Swedish DJ’s Dada Life, introduced their dedicated following of fans to the insanity that is a Dada Life performance. Complete with blow up bananas thrown into the masses of showgoers and champagne showers, the duo proved that there are no rules in the land of Dada. “DADA LIFE” pulsated from the DJ booth as the crowd was told to put their hands in the air with every beat drop and confetti blast. Hilarious whilst also ridiculous animations came alive on screen to compliment each song including Dada Life’s personal take of the track that started the banana craze, Gwen Stefani’s “This Sh*t Is Bananas”  and Benny Benassi’s hit “Satisfaction.”

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As the sun began to set on a late summer Swedish sunset that left the sky in a scattered array of pink and purple, Dutch DJ Sander Van Doorn brought a taste of his trance background to the festival putting his signature spin on tracks such as Avicii’s “Hey Brother.” Doorn ended the set with his own heavy drop inducing tracks including one with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike “Project T.”

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Day turned into night in the blink of an eye as Hardstyle brothers Showtek, brought the noise and pure adrenaline to the stage. Glowsticks were unleashed to the throng of fans that now filled the venue to full capacity as a sea of multi-colored glowing lights lit the crowd in a captivating view from afar. The duo released their new track with MAKJ & M35 “GO” while having the entire crowd jumping for every drop during their track with David Guetta “Bad.”

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Last but not least, Steve Aoki graced the stage for a closing set of epic proportions. Skyrocketing fireworks propelled into the night sky along with a full fledged laser show as he dropped his own set of classics “No Beef” and “Delirious.” Of course no Aoki show is complete without the infamous cake throwing. Of which there was not just one, but two cakes ready to cream an unsuspecting volunteer in the crowd. The day and night at Big Slap came to a close with a last dazzling fireworks display as the crowd sang along to a fitting acapella version of what it is that we all search for and find when we attend festivals such as Big Slap, “The Pursuit of Happiness.”

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