Review: Digital Dreams 2016

Bud Light Digital Dreams Festival took the Toronto Echo Beach Flats at Ontario Place this year. The two day festival presented by Live Nation, Ink Entertainment and Bud Light showcased a diverse artist lineup.

The festival was then taken to the brand new Solarium (formerly known as Sound Academy) which recently got renovated. The Canada Day long weekend has always welcomed a week long of electronic music festivals in Toronto.

This year the A-list lineup featured EDM fan favourites and hit up the mainstream routes of electronic music. BestFan had a chance to take in the headliners of the festival Above & Beyond on Day 1 and Axwell /\ Ingrosso and Armin Van Buuren on Day 2. Digital Dreams this year followd suit with it’s classic set up to include the mainstream Dream Stage, Echo Beach stage which features alternative artists as well as the rave hard Bacardi tent.

Day 1 of Digital Dreams’s welcomed headliners Above & Beyond, the duo was recently in Toronto for their acoustic set. The digital stage brought the infamous duo back to their roots playing fan favourites like “A Thing Called Love”, “Alone Tonight” and “Blue Sky Action” amazing fans all around. The set was just as expected, the classic trance heavy set that you can often hear Above & Beyond play during their therapy sessions.

 

 

Growing up on electronic dance music through university, this year in general marked a very important moment for Canadian fans since the first ever Digital Dreams Festival 5 years ago.  Above and Beyond being pioneers of the dance movement and an early entry into the edm scene.

Day 2 brought back 2/3 of the Swedish trio Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso who partnered up for a headlining set. The previous members of Swedish House Mafia who split up in 2013, came together to play a killer headlining set. The after-party at the Sound Academy now renamed the Solarium celebrated a historic moment for the duo. The Swedish group got their first introduction to the Canadian scene at the Guvernment Entertainment Complex, however they had a chance to greet the very same crowd that welcomed them at the newly dubbed Solarium. Their set consisted of the famous track, “Reload” by Sebastian Ingrosso, “Sun Is Shining” and “Something New”

 

The night was closed off by an epic set by headliner Armin Van Buuren, the trance king who put on a historic show for the Digital Dreams Festival closing off the Canada Day long weekend with a bang!

 

 

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