As an Imaginer, it wasn't hard to forget where the event was taking place. It all starts on the streets of downtown Atlanta, but once the barrier is crossed, the imagination takes over and the journey begins. Upon entering, there are several vendors selling a variety of materials; clothes, jewelry, festival accessories, the list continues. The field opens up and the grand main stage, Oceania, appears in all of its magnificence. The stage is amply outfitted with crisp audio and extensive lighting. Off to the left is the Amazonia stage. The lighting here isn't quite as spectacular, but it's still impressive. The audio at the Amazonia stage is off the charts, creating music that truly pulsed through the Imaginers' bodies with every thunderous beat.
Obviously, the festival's atmosphere was on point. Let's move on to the most significant part: the phenomenal music. Two full days of non-stop music leaves a lot of time for unforgettable acts, and IMF did not disappoint.
One of the best parts of the Imagine Fest is that it doesn't stop with the end of the festival schedule. Several after-party options are provided well into the night and morning. We chose to attend the GRiZ set at the Masquerade club, located right next to the park. Once again, GRiZ created a mesmerizing set complete with hypnotic beats and enticing lights.
The final day arrived with an ample amount of excitement. The fest was slightly less attended that day, but the atmosphere was still strong with energy, costumes, and amazing artists. Many acts took the stage on the final day, like the Ying Yang Twins, 12th Planet, Datsik, and Papadosio. One artist that did not make the show was Lil' Jon. Due to this schedule change, Crystal Method, Chromeo, and Dada Life extended their sets, which was not a disappointing turn of events. All three of these final performances were almost too incredible to handle. Dada Life brought the festival to an unforgettable end by passing out glowing foam sticks, over-sized balloons, pillows for a pillow fight, and of course, large inflatable bananas.
*Photos courtesy of: LEL, Think Photography, and DV