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BLACKLZST at Seismic 3.3

Three reasons Seismic Dance Event is techno’s newest go-to boutique event [Event Review]

After several cancellations over the past year due to the COVID pandemic, the third time was the charm for Real Music Events owners and husband-wife duo, Kelly Gray and Andrew Parsens. They’ve slowly been building their brand new venue, called The Concourse, located out near the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. The seven-acre outdoor/indoor space will be home to all their events, including their flagship festival, Seismic Dance Event, which recently picked back up last weekend after two cancellations over 2020.

Seismic 3.3 officially took place this past weekend in Austin and, after attending the underground boutique event, we’re excited to return in the summer. Topping the line-up was Claude VonStroke, Guy Gerber, Sacha Robotti, and Deep Dish for Friday, May 21; Nicole Moudaber, The Martinez Brothers, and Bob Moses for Saturday, May 22; and Tchami, Deborah Deluca, and ZHU’s techno alias BLACKLZST to cap off the weekend on Sunday, May 23.

Here are five reasons fans of deep, dark techno and house must make it down to the Texas hill country.

The line-up boasts the best in deep, dark techno

The expertly-curated musical line-up was without a doubt the festival’s biggest draw. This is an event that is clearly put on by people who understand what’s hot and what’s next in the realm of techno. The main Volcano Stage was home to techno’s biggest and darkest, including Deep Dish on night one. Itself a visual masterpiece, the Volcano Stage was also home to Deborah Deluca’s dark and mysterious sounds and BLACKLZST’s hypnotic pull on the final evening— two artists who were added last minute but who themselves made the festival the most memorable.

The Dirtybird flock was out in full force

Everyone knows the feeling of a Campout or a BBQ event thrown by Claude VonStroke’s one-of-a-kind Dirtybird Players. It’s a feeling of goofy shenanigans, spaced-out bass sounds, and tight-knit familial vibes welcoming you to join in the antics. When Dirtybird Players Claude VonStroke and Sasha Robotti took to the Tsunami stage, the Dirtybird vibe ruled the roost. Strangers became family, and people became Dirtybird loyalists.

There is a true SXSW vibe to the event

The second night of Seismic 3.3 brought heavy rain during the day in and around Austin, which flooded the event grounds and caused organizers to have to cancel the evening’s festivities. However, the rain cancellation brought about an interesting opportunity for Real Music Events to flex their muscles. As the event organizers scrambled to relocate the event all over the city—with Nicole Moudaber and The Martinez Brothers taking to an indoor event space downtown and Bob Moses taking to Cedar Street across the street— the cancelled night still brought fans the evening’s headlining acts in a series of scattered shows.

As a result, Seismic 3.3 took on a completely different vibe and feel. As someone who grew up in the South By Southwest (SXSW) landscape, I can say that night two of Seismic felt like going out to a SXSW event: Waiting in lines, fingers crossed, in the hopes of making the last-minute announced event, then making it through the sold-out gates and witnessing the magic of togetherness. The Seismic staff, who were undoubtedly working tirelessly through the night, were presented with an obstacle and they turned it into a one-of-a-kind experience.

For all intents and purposes, Seismic 3.3 went off without a hitch— despite its many wrenches that were thrown into the event. Any festival host will tell you that there is no such thing as an event that goes exactly as planned. For what was thrown their way, Real Music Events proved themselves to be masterful planners who can take on anything that is thrown their way. Don’t miss Seismic Dance Event 4.0, taking place this November 12-15.

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