Friday, July 7 – The day that we have all been waiting for has finally come, Dreams Festival 2017! The festival doors opened at 4PM with a line up of excited fans waiting to enter back into the place where their hearts are stolen every year. The sun was shining down bright on all of the dreamers and they were ready to get their groove on. We headed over to the Dream House stage to watch DJ Hydee put everyone in the Drum and Bass mood. While Hydee was delivering all the DnB, Ryan Shepherd and Jamie Kidd were bringing over some great techno and house vibes to the Echo Beach and Waterfront Stage.
As the day continued more and more great acts began to hit the stage, such as What So Not, Steve Angello, Thomas Jack, Baauer, and many more!
When the evening began to hit, the clouds started to get darker and sounds of thunder were approaching. Unfortunately rain took over the area for about an hour and 45 minutes, and all stages had to shut down briefly while this weather warning took place. Guests began to find cover and everyone was allocated to the Budweiser Stage area to wait out the weather warning.
Shortly after, the sun decided to make its entrance once again, and the music started right back up. A little rain won’t stop these dreamers!
As the guests made their way back to the main area, the headlining acts took over the three stages, Loco Dice, Andy C, and Above and Beyond. Each stage held different sounds but nonetheless the hype and the fun was definitely present all throughout RBC Echo Beach. Day one closed off with fireworks in the sky, which left Dreamers counting down the hours until they can get their dancing shoes back on for day two.
Saturday, July 8 – Day two is here, with the doors opening earlier at 2PM, Dreamers are already pumped and looking forward to the days activities. As Dreamers are entering the grounds, there are a bunch of different vendors, jumping castles, Bud Light Living stations and much more! There were also beautiful art installations on the hills where guests can lounge and hangout with their friends when they needed a little break from all the grooving. Now, let’s get to the music! Day two started off with openers such as Saad Ayub, Mark Oliver, House Yoga, and more!
Toronto decided to bless us with some incredible weather and gave us blue skies and full shining sun throughout the day. Not a drop of rain was in sight, thank you 6ix God! We headed over to the Dream House stage where Infected Mushroom were playing their electronica beats, leaving the crowd raging and wanting more. If you’ve ever seen Infected Mushroom play live, you know what we’re talking about. They truly bring the energy to another level during their sets.
We decided to make our way over to the Waterfront stage, where a completely different vibe took place throughout this area. The stage was covered with a variety of leaves representing a type of jungle/forest aesthetic. There was a little hill that guests could sit/lounge on while watching their favourite DJ’s perform in front of them.
As we arrived to this stage, we were lucky to see the one and only DJ Hanzel (aka Dillon Francis) head onto the stage dressed in his German persona, wearing Ray Ban sunglasses and a buttoned up black dressed shirt.
He brought all of the deep house vibes and literally left the fans screaming for more. There were signs that fans made of DJ Hanzel throughout the crowd and a lot of die hard fans ecstatic that DJ Hanzel made his first appearance in Toronto. [We’re definitely the lucky ones, here.]
We grooved over to the Echo Beach stage where DVBBS was performing and without surprise, they already had the crowd going wild within just a few minutes of their set. CO2 cannons blasting and the heat of fire blazing out from the stage was more than enough to have fans even more ecstatic while listening to DVBBS big room house tunes. Watching DVBBS perform live is always a fun time because the energy they bring to the stage is always at level 100.
As the evening hit, the headliners came through… Malaa, Markus Schulz, and Dillstradamus entered onto their stages. Malaa brought the dance and electronic music to the Waterfront stage where guests were packed side to side waiting to see the French producer. Moving on to the Dream House, Markus Schulz brought the trance vibes and had the Dream House tent full to capacity with fans raving to their favourite tunes from this German-American DJ.
Last but not least, over at the Echo Beach stage was Dillstradamus, where two incredible DJ’s Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus paired together for an unimaginable trap/house set. It was the duos first time performing together as Dillstradamus in Toronto and boy, were we in for a treat. The main stage was packed with ravers chanting for their favourite trap and Moombahton DJ.
Their entrance to the stage was unlike no other, with deep bass vibing through the speakers and lines of fire repeatedly covering the front of the stage, both of the DJ’s entering the stage separately on two risen platforms. As soon as they stepped up on the platforms the crowd went wild, the fire was still blazing throughout the stage and the trap beats began to come through.
They were playing songs from hip hop artists such as Lil Uzi Vert, Drake, as well as some original songs by Dillon Francis and by Flosstradamus. The two DJ’s of the hour ended their set with fireworks in the sky and a lot of big thank you’s to their Toronto fans.
Dreams Festival continues to show that year after year, the City of Toronto continues to stand out with their events and nightlife. This was only the first festival of the summer and there are still many more to come. We may be biased, but nobody holds a festival like our city does. Toronto ravers and fans will forever go hard for their favourite artists and our music scene is still stronger than ever. Thank you Dreams Festival for having Nas Media out once again and we are already looking forward to next year!
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