Crush Music Festival - Arizona Event Center - 2/15/14
Photos by Benjamin Leatherman DVBBS performs at the Crush Music Festival on Saturday at the Arizona Event Center.
Crush Music Festival
Arizona Event Center
Like any good Valentine's Day date, the crowd at Crush Music Festival on Saturday night was hot, wet, and ready for action.
Young ravers, EDM fans, and party monsters packed themselves into a sold-out Arizona Event Center in Mesa for the sixth edition of the annual dance music event, which featured a wall-to-wall crowd pulling a major rager amid an ultra-sweaty setting as close to a dozen tastemaking DJs performed on two stages.
Upon arriving at about 9 p.m., there were lines to get in, but it wasn't unbearable and things seemed to go fairly fast. One of the first things I noticed was the friendliness of the staff and the good vibe over the crowd. Everyone from the girls working the glowing vendor booths to the sound guys were all pleasant, easy to talk to, and seemed relatively happy to be there.
It was also hard not to notice the unusual-looking and gigantic inflatable spikes and worm-like decorations -- local company Wonderland Productions -- that adorned the ceiling and added a unique feel to the festival.
While I haven't been to a Crush Fest since Dada Life headlined in 2011 at a warehouse in downtown Phoenix, I can't say much sticks out in my mind other than memories of strobe lights, the banging bass from "Happy Violence," and missing the last light rail that went to Tempe.
This year's festival was far more memorable.