Eric Prydz, Doctor P, Porter Robinson, Others at Identity Festival 2012 in Miami, August 4

Photo by George Martinez
See the 55-photo slideshow from Identity Festival 2012 at Klipsch Amphitheater as well as The Fashion at Identity Festival Miami.

Identity Festival 2012
With Eric Prydz, Excision, Doctor P, Porter Robinson, Le Castle Vania, Audrey Napoleon, and others
Klipsch Ampitheater at Bayfront Park, Miami
Saturday, August 4, 2012

Better Than: Surviving a hurricane that never arrived

Last year's Identity Festival never reached Miami. It was postponed due to the anticipated potential effects of Hurricane Irene, and then eventually canceled. But this year, ID Fest came back for its SoFla beat freaks.

Photo by George Martinez

The 2011 cancellation was a real shame. With a lineup featuring EDM big-hitters such as Kaskade, Steve Aoki, and Rusko, as well as more cerebral artists such as DJ Shadow and Booka Shade, Identity seemed to offer a potent mix of eclectic electronic acts at the sort of price that one could easily spend on a round of drinks.

But of course, a lot has happened in the past year. EDM is not just huge now. It seems to have become an unstoppable movement, a youth lifestyle and maybe an ever-expanding commercial bubble.

Photo by George Martinez

If nothing else, the popularity tsunami of the past twelve months probably detrimentally affected this year's lineup.

Kaskade packed out the Klipsch on his own a few weeks ago. So while the Identity brand hasn't attracted the sort of names for 2012 that it did in 2011, the fest certainly offers a progressive and intriguing view of the near future.

Photo by George Martinez

On that note, arriving early to see the LA-based Audrey Napoleon at the heavily branded Rockstar Energy Drink Stage instantly felt like the smart move.

One of the relatively few females in EDM today, Napoleon moved between mixes of Estelle, Bastian von Shield, Manuel Lauren, and her own edits with fluidity, playful cool, and natural sense of sassy confidence. And when she dropped her big crossover electro-house track, "Poison," it seemed to herald the start of the day.

Photo by George Martinez

Next, the enigmatically named Le Castle Vania began by throwing down a big remix of hardcore legends Refused's "New Noise." It was a ballsy way to start and he ably maintained that intensity, mixing bass-infused Euro-electro with beautiful noise.

During his set, Le Castle Vania transformed the portion of green grass in front of the stage into a free-flowing dance party. And like Audrey Napoleon, he inspired a manic crowd reaction that just might suggest he's on the cusp of a major commercial breakthrough.

Location Info


Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: General

Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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