The weather was gorgeous on Saturday, May 12th in Philadelphia: 80 degrees with abundant sunshine. For EDM fans, it was the perfect day to flock to the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing to get Loaded.
Loaded Festival, presented by Steez Promo and Live Nation, was a nine-hour auditory onslaught, chock full of local and international talent spread across two stages.
The gates opened at 2pm with locals Suga Shay kicking things off on the Pier Stage and LoveCityDJs in the Tent Stage. It didn’t take long for small, excited crowds to build at both stages.
From there it was two more locals, Dubsef on the Pier Stage, and Rob Paine in the Tent Stage, that kept the vibe going.
Fans continued to file into the venue, buying up beers and getting their day-load on as event MC Khadafi Dub kept the hype building.
Dressed in everything from skimpy outfits to full costumes, they danced, hula-hooped, and even moshed along to the sick beats provided by the DJs.
The afternoon progressed on the Main Stage with sets by KDrew and School Boy, and in the Tent with AK1200 and Brown & Gammon.
Although the energy level and vibe of the event was already quite high, things were taken to another level at 530pm when Mt. Eden hit the Main Stage. Their infectious energy and live MCing whipped the crowd into a frenzy.
J Rabbit took over an hour later and kept things rocking as he was joined on stage by go-go dancers.
Meanwhile, the Tent was a hot mess but that didn’t stop fans from getting down to the likes of Pierce Fulton and Lucky Date.
Downlink was scheduled up next on the Main Stage but a double dose of bad luck (a missed flight and a fried laptop) prevented him from filling his slot. His fans weren’t completely left hanging as he was squeezed into the Tent a little later and played some tunes from a laptop he borrowed from Lucky Date (who played the third to last set in the Tent).
Dirtyloud, who were supposed to play the Tent, took Downlink’s spot on the Main Stage and played until 830pm.
At that point, things on the Main Stage got downright LOUD. Flux Pavilion took to the decks and unloaded some insane eardrum blowing Dubstep on the crowd just after sunset.
The evening concluded with two more heavy hitters, Wolfgang Gartner in the Tent, and Rusko on the Main Stage.
Despite the red hot temperature in the Tent, Wolfgang Gartner killed it. His set was easily one of the best (if not the best) of Loaded Festival.
In typical Rusko fashion, the UK Dubstep DJ danced around like a man possessed as he unleashed bass-drop after dirty bass-drop on the crowd.
When the event ended around 11pm, many fans headed to the Theater of the Living Arts on South Street for the official after party that featured a second set from Mt. Eden.
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