Snowboarders And Musicians Make Waves At Air + Style 2016

*written by Electronica Life Staff, Photos by Air + Style
Fans at Air + Style, held at EXPO Park at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA, USA on 21 February, 2016.
In the heart of Los Angeles this past weekend, infamous snowboarder Shaun White presented the return of his Air + Style festival at Exposition Park at the LA Coliseum. The two day festival took place throughout the day and into the night on Saturday and Sunday as a celebration of music, technology, art and of course, all things snowboarding.

24 athletes competed on a 16 story jump fully equipped with man made snow maintained by the crews of Big Bear and Mammoth Mountain. It was quite an anomaly to witness a snowboard ramp in the middle of LA survive the 88 degree weather that is a Southern California “winter.” Nonetheless, each snowboarder took to the ramp to strut their moves that left the crowds below wide-eyed and dropping jaws in awe.

In true LA fashion, sunsets turned the skies into mesmerizing hues of pink, lavender, light yellow and orange as multiple athletes showcased impressive jumps that made for the perfect photo-ops as the bright sun slowly crept away in the backdrops. A few of the world’s best snowboarders competing included Yuki Kadono, Torgeir Bergrem, Antoine Truchon, and Kyle Mack, with Sven Thorgren of Sweden taking home the title of 2016 champion.
Emil Ulsletten competes at Air + Style, held at EXPO Park at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA, USA on 21 February, 2016.
Both days of Air + Style were jam packed with musical performances to satisfy even the most selective of musical palates, including a wide variety of electronic acts. A-trak hit a sweet spot with fans on day 1 just as the sun was setting at the Mountain Stage, followed by sister trio HAIM The Band, rocking out as only females can and impressing the mainstage crowd.

Netsky brought the bass, drum and bass that is, to the City Stage nestled across the grounds. Into the night he dropped fan favorite “Rio” along with his remix of Drake’s “Hotline Bling”, all the while longtime friend and MC “Scripps MC”, kept the crowd head bopping. Last but certainly not least, J. Cole closed out the Mountain stage in an ode to Biggie Smalls with a rendition of “Hypnotize”, which left the crowds roaring and cheering to the end of a successful first day.

On day 2, headliner Kaskade hit the decks once the night set in drawing a huge audience to the mainstage, opening with the classic Kaskade track “Only You.” He brought back a flood of memories as he gave a shout out to his last performance at the LA Coliseum during the last EDC that took place on the grounds, and closed the set with “I’ll Never Dream I’m In Love”, which he debuted during EDC 2010.
Rudimental performs at Air + Style, held at EXPO Park at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA, USA on 21 February, 2016.
Next up at the City Stage, live UK act Rudimental had the audience grooving and singing along to every word as they performed fan favorites “Lay It All On Me’, “Waiting All Night” and of course, “I Will For Love.” Once Kaskade’s set ended fifteen minutes into Rudimental’s set time, there was no lack of abundant and energetic energy as Rudimental delivered a proper live set in one of the best performances of the weekend. It’s evident that a plethora of devoted new fans discovered Rudimental Saturday night, as it’s practically impossible not to instantly fall in love with the infectious beats and melodies these talented gentleman create.

In the most fitting closing performance of the weekend, Incubus took to the mainstage to the delight of gleeful longtime fans. Even after all these years, Brandon Boyd still has the magical touch as he wowed the audience displaying his love and passion for each song performed. Crowds roared at every insinuation of classic tracks such as “Stellar”, “Pardon Me”, and wildly cheered for a shirtless Brandon as he enthusiastically closed the night with a surprisingly entertaining take on Ginuwine’s 90’s track, “Pony.”

With a variety of unique sponsors including Stoli Vodka, KIND Bars, Pabst Blue Ribbon and many others, Air + Style created an entertaining, laid back and fun festival atmosphere. With the current landscape of new music festivals popping up everyday, it’s not an easy feat to combine music with a snowboarding competition of all things, but it’s clear that Shaun White and the team have accomplished the unlikely with plenty of their own acquired “Air” and “Style.”
Incubus performs at Air + Style, held at EXPO Park at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA, USA on 21 February, 2016.