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The 10 best sets we've caught at CRSSD Festival

Reliving five years of streams at San Diego's CRSSD Festival

  • Cameron Holbrook
  • 11 September 2019

For the past five years, Mixmag has teamed up with one of Southern California's most celebrated electronic music spectaculars, CRSSD Festival.

An essential two-day, bi-annual weekend getaway for ravers from all walks of life, CRSSD Festival's reliable organization, inventive programming and dancefloor rapport has yielded global recognition from the broader dance music community.

As part of our tradition to venture down to the CRSSD twice a year to participate in its revelry, Mixmag has delivered 35 streams of some of the festival's best offerings.

The Fall 2019 edition of CRSSD Festival goes down on September 28 - 29 at its Downtown home - San Diego’s Waterfront Park. This season's event will feature acts such as Yaeji, MK, Tiger & Woods, Polo & Pan, Richie Hawtin, Objekt, Dr. Rubinstein, Amelie Lens and more.

Ahead of this much-anticipated event, we've looked back at the last nine editions of CRSSD where we've recorded sets from some of electronic music's most celebrated artists and picked our 10 favorite performances. Be sure to keep an eye out for Mixmag's streams of CRSSD's Fall 2019 edition this October!

Watch all of our streams from CRSSD Festival on Youtube here.

View the full line-up for CRSSD Festival Fall 2019 and purchase tickets here.

Check out our list of the 10 most memorable sets we've captured at CRSSD Festival below.

2015

Jamie Jones b2b Seth Troxler

For our first outing at CRSSD Festival, we caught two hours of the beautiful dancefloor magic that is a b2b between longtime friends Seth Troxler and Jamie Jones. Switching between the cosmic beauty of tracks like Dauwd's 'Jupiter George' and the tech house madness of tunes such as Pattrick Topping and Green Velvet's 'When Is Now', this performance set a precedent for what Mixmag was to expect from future editions of CRSSD. So far, we haven't been disappointed.

Anna Lunoe

Anna Lunoe's massive headlining set at CRSSD Festival Fall 2015 was a sesational demonstration of pure talent and showmanship behind the decks. She'll be performing at The Palms stage during the Fall 2019 edition of CRSSD and we highly suggest that you don't sleep on it!

2016

Damian Lazarus

Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus serves up two hours of sublime dancefloor majesty at the CRSSD's Spring 2016 edition at the festival's City Steps stage. Along with the perfectly paced vibe of the set, the crowd was one of the most grateful and in-tune that we've encountered at the event.

Felix da Housecat

A household name in dance music, Felix Da Housecat brought nothing but sunshine and smiles to San Diego in the Fall of 2016. Dropping bombs like his winning gospel house tune 'Sinner Winner' and Tiga's Elevation Remix of 'Blondes Have More Fun', the Chicago DJ's set serves up pure gratification from start to finish.

2017

Moon Boots

A master of cooking up hearty servings of feel-good dance music, the Brooklyn-based, Chicago-trained artist Moon Boots showed up to San Diego with his unique blend of disco and house in the Spring of 2017. The vibe was so on point that Moon Boots has been invited to come back and perform the Fall 2019 edition of the festival. Groovy!

Floorplan

Floorplan is well known as Robert Hood's house outlet, but in more recent years the alias has evolved into a family affair with co-production from his daughter, Lyric. The father-daughter duo took to their headlining CRSSD set in the Fall of 2017 with a fiery, gospel-like energy that was a wonder to behold. Peak vibes at 41:00 when they drop their track 'Tell You No Lie'.

2018

ANNA

At the helm on the City Steps stage, perpendicular to San Diego’s actual City Hall, Brazilian talent ANNA rolled up her sleeves with laser focus in her eyes and pummeled us with techno in the cool sea breeze. It's one of our most successful streams to date. There are no words to adequately describe the experience, but the video above certainly manages to catch the magic in action.

Charlotte de Witte

Fiercely attracted to the darker side of music, Charlotte De Witte hit San Diego with a much-welcomed driving techno set that was unrelenting, aggressive and stripped to perfection. An eye-opening set for many SoCal ravers and a tremendous win on all accounts for the Belgian techno star.

John Digweed

Always a marvel to behold, John Digweed's intense reputation as one of dance music's best and brightest came into full view during his sunset performance at Waterfront Park in the Fall of 2018. With over 25 years of experience behind the decks, the merging and formation of sounds and textures that build throughout his set demonstrate the skills of a man who has truly mastered his craft.

2019

Kollektiv Turmstrasse

Christian Hilscher, one half of the German duo Kollektiv Turmstrasse (or Collective Turn Street in English) made his California debut at the Palms stage earlier this year with a cracking selection of surefire tunes. Making the crowd bustle and melt simultaneously, Hilscher brought the perfect frequencies for a cloudy day at CRSSD.

Check out all of our streams from the last five years of CRSSD Festival here.

Cameron is Mixmag's Jr. Editor. Follow him on Twitter

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