INFECTED SUMMER

As mentioned in my last column, August saw Destiny Productions once again present their World Electronic Music Festival //WEMF// to North American electronic music enthusiasts.

The festival’s past few years have seen a vast improvement in the number of headliners that are brought into the performer arena from pairing with a few other event companies including the new Electronic Music Division of Live Nation – Electronic Nation Canada.

Partnering with EN Canada increased the scale of this year’s festival talent roster, and without an increase in event patron capacity, there was an increase in ticket prices that because of the lineup – that went virtually uncomplained about.

Destiny Productions is no stranger to bringing in headlining acts into our area – and this summer’s WEMF was no different. Included in this year’s line-up was: Wolfgang Gartner, Netsik, Thomas Gold, DJ Hype, Krafty Kuts, 12th Planet, Goldie, Christopher Lawrence, Moby, Chase & Status, Pendulum, Andy C, The Crystal Method, Dub FX, Ed Rush & Optical, John ‘00’ Fleming, and my favorite performers of the weekend – Infected Mushroom, who brought along their entire brand new stage production for the event.

I’d been following the story of this amazing 3D Image Mapping technological wonder since it started, and could not wait to see it live – especially at event like WEMF where it’s all outdoors, in the middle of nowhere //Madawaska, Canada – basically Algonquin park//, under the stars, and with people who have traveled from across the globe to participate.

With my media pass in tow, and last year’s interview with the band member’s under my belt, I was given the honor of being able to document the performance’s entirety from when they arrived on site to the festival, during the set-up, through the show, and after the performance before the band’s drivers showed up for the drive back to Toronto airport and onto their next gig.

The show itself was even more intense than I had previously thought given the preview video that I was supplied before the show went on tour – but I guess that is to be expected when you are combining that kind of technology with the impressive stage and lighting set-ups that have become the norm for festivals like WEMF.

If you get a chance to catch Infected Mushroom’s new stage performance do not miss it – you won’t be disappointed!

Photos:
1.  Amit Duvdevani (Infected Mushroom) performs at WEMF 2012. Credit: Sean Young, SERIAL SEAN
2.  Fans enjoying the Infected Mushroom performance at WEMF 2012. Credit: Sean Young, SERIAL SEAN
3.  Amit Duvdevani & Erez Eisenr (Infected Mushroom) perform at WEMF 2012. Credit: Sean Young, SERIAL SEAN
4.  SERIAL SEAN beside the control ‘pod’ for Infected Mushroom’s performance at WEMF 2012. Credit: Sean Young, SERIAL SEAN