Feature Photo Credit: Ginger Wesson
Imagine came back bigger than ever in 2019. Imagine Music Festival takes place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia every year. And this year they came back with new stages, new stage designs and one of the biggest and best lineups in North America, it was one for the books.
But First, the Pre-Party
To kick it off, 2019 was the first year that Imagine added a fourth day and with a killer pre-party lineup. DJs Takeover, Kai Wachi, Squnto, Sullivan King and Space Jesus all brought the heat on Thursday at the Disco Inferno stage for a bass party like no other. It was a small, intimate show but the fans loved it and it set a great tone for the rest of the weekend.
Friday was the official start of the music festival and included acts such as Rezz, K?D, Svdden Death and a last-minute set fill-in from DJ Diesel at Oceania while Rusko, Dr. Fresch, Subtronics, Boogie T, Squnto and HE$H brought the heat at Disco Inferno.
Rezz’s set was filled with magic and she even dropped a new track to the crowd’s delight. The new song showed that Rezz is experimenting with her sound, and we’re glad that she chose the crowd at Imagine to test out something new. Listen to the preview below!
The night ended with a last-minute take over set from DJ Diesel AKA Shaq. Having to fill in for Diplo, the stakes were high for DJ Diesel, but he brought the house down and closed out Friday with the perfect bass-filled set.
Lastly, on Friday we got a look at the new stage design for Oceania. This year the stage design took on a starfish look in the center and from the sets I saw, the production was heavily amped up. Lasers were everywhere and they added so much to each set. At Disco Inferno, fire was very present with the addition of two pyro towers on each side of the stage and one behind the crowd as well. The nights got a little chilly, so the extra warmth was welcomed.
Saturday & Sunday
Saturday started off with a much needed pool party right outside of the Oceania stage. Pool party attendees had the chance to enjoy live music, refreshing drinks and a dip in the Imagine pool! It was a great way to cool off from the Atlanta heat in the middle of the day.
Saturday had some of the most epic sets including Zeds Dead, Above & Beyond and Alison Wonderland at Oceania. G Jones and Louis the Child took over Amazonia for its first night of the festival. All stages were in full force this day and there was so much to explore.
Before we knew it, Sunday had arrived, the last day of the festival. The final day of Imagine consisted of sets from Said the Sky, Alan Walker, and Seven Lions at Oceania. Over at Amazonia, Thriftworks and Detox Unit were making a splash. Marshmello closed out the festival with a bang and across the speedway, Tipper was melting everyone’s minds.
The difference in stages at Imagine are great because no matter what you’re feeling, there is a stage for you. You can easily bounce between house, bass, techno and more! And if you’re wanting a break from the music, there are plenty of vendors and a few rides to choose from!
In addition to the mainstages, Imagine had two smaller stages specifically for smaller DJs where festival-goers could discover new music. Six Feathers and TechYes were going all weekend with acts from all over the country. If you didn’t have a chance to check them out while you were there, check out the lineup to discover some great new artists!
All in all, Imagine definitely amped up their festival this year. It’s getting bigger and better with each go, and now, we’re just waiting on an announcement for 2020.