16 Sunday Jun 2013
From sunset to sunrise, history was made last April 27. Close Up Summer Solstice was branded as the biggest party event of the year! It is the first ever 12-hour nonstop electronic dance music (EDM) festival in Manila featuring international scenes injected with local flavors. The summer party started around 4pm but we were still in the cinemas that time watching Iron Man 3 and doing some shopping at the mall. We went inside the concert grounds around 10pm after having some dinner. Best choice of our lives! Since the heat was insane and there were limited choices of food there (unless you want to stuff yourself with rum coke).
I think it was Alex Guadino playing when we arrived. We managed to head to the mosh pit of the vip section to meet our friend Nicole inside. Hashtag ninja moves. Adi stayed behind because it was full house inside the area. We were so pumped up and it was so crazy inside!
Look at Ina and Noel sporting almost the same tank top they bought earlier! Plus they made a new astronaut friend haha
We didn’t know Dev and Cobra Starship (it was only Ryland Blackinton and Alex Suarez who performed) were going to spin early. Too bad we missed out on their sets! We also didn’t hear the mixes of Cedric Gervais and the JumpSmokers. But we were just in the nick of time because 10pm was dubbed as EDM superstar’s set from world-renowned DJs!
Headlining the Summer Solstice was the grammy-winning DJ Afrojack who played when the clock struck 12. He is best known for his collaborations with Guetta’s “Titanium”, Beyonce’s “Run The World”, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo & Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” and Leona Lewis’ “Collide”. My friend said his famous single “Take You Over Control” sounds like “I want you to take a birth control”. Hahaha! But nonetheless, he really brought the house down! Hands down! I’m saying ‘down’ too much.
DJ Apster is a rising DJ from the prolific Dutch House Scene who came to the Philippines to showcase infectious mixes and danceable beats. His sheer talent got heads turning like Steve Aoki and Afrojack. They both gave the hippest and raddest beats to the crowd! The totally killed the night!
But in those span of three hours, it was so insanely exhausting! We were all sweaty & drained. My legs were dead and i felt a slight pang in my head. The crowd wasn’t thinning so the VIP area was jampacked and heavy. I almost felt like i was about to pass out (i’ve had too much Captain Morgan i think). Imagine a huge open Republiq with no ac and with a crowd that was insatiable and really wild! Fun (and can i say tiring) is an understatement! Everyone was hyped up especially when confettis started pouring in and fireworks were filling the night sky.
And i wouldn’t have imagined surviving it without my music-lovers-party-goers-and-adventure-seeking friends!
And of course my sister! I wouldn’t have enjoyed this without her
Here is the video i took from the Summer Sosltice Enjoy!