The hustle and bustle of Charlotte’s transportation stations provide the perfect placement for this year’s Digital Gardens Music & Arts Celebration. Selling out completely, the second installment of this festival will be held at The Shed Amphitheater at Station House. This is located right on the LYNX Blue Line in Charlotte, a train station, as the perfect place to throw down to artists that quite possibly make this the best place to rave during one of the most popular weekends of the year for music: 4/20 weekend.
G Jones, Virtual Riot, and Liquid Stranger all lineup to deliver “intricate sounds to feed your consciousness” as described on the fest’s website, digitalgardensnc.com. Consciousness will for sure be found at the sunset sets provided by the amazing 1788-L and UZ. Along with these producers, Digital Gardens features an artistic expression area that includes live painting and some sick pre- and post-parties I’ll cover in the following paragraphs.
If you haven’t caught a UZ set, you’re in for an electro-rap treat. The artist revealed his true identity as DJ Troubl in 2017, who participated in two DMC World DJ Championships. His grimy rap vibes with an electronic twist have ignited fire towards his presence in the EDM world. Furthermore, UZ is currently working on strengthening his label, Quality Good Records. We’re expecting UZ’s sunset set to unveil some addictive beats from his newest singles, “Pace” and “Leave It” both featuring Rome Fortune. To savor your taste for now, take a look at his old-school DJ turntable battle against Keko (USA) for the DMC Championships:
Arising out of the depths of deep wub artists is 1788-L. Starting out, they obtained the world’s attention with their first EP “Sentience” in 2018. Soon after, fans began to crave the electric mayhem they produce like candy. It’s no wonder at Digital Gardens Music & Art Celebration they are the sunset set on April 19th. Their latest release “MALFUNKT” features Deathpact and hones in on their eclectic love for riddim influenced by artists like Rezz and BadKlaat. They are performing at Red Rocks, CO this summer with Deadbeats, meaning we can expect an invigorating set at this down and dirty rave setting Friday night.
I want more music!
To prepare for the swarm of music lovers, Digital Gardens Music & Arts Celebration is hosting pre- and post-parties in the outskirts of Charlotte under the surname “Digital Dreams.” Pre-party tickets are sold out featuring Wax Future, Lavier, and Konglo. To see which post-party tickets are available, check here: https://digitalgardensnc.com/pre-%26-post-parties.
Daily Bread is the main act for the official night one post-party before he heads to Atlanta, GA for Sweetwater 420 Fest to play on Saturday. He will be supported by Cheechmo and Try and Imagine. Both post-party gatherings will be held at SERJ in Charlotte, NC. This small underground venue was packed to the brim last year as Champagne Drip closed out the night with hefty bass drops. Last but not least, the second night of “Digital Dreams” will host Jaenga, Fryar, and Houman. To scope out the venue and see why it’s the hottest nightclub in Charlotte, poke around their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SERJONCENTRAL/.
What’s there to do around Charlotte?
Sadly, you may have missed your chance to buy a pre-party ticket. Or, you may not want to spend the money. Don’t worry! Along with the festival, there are plenty of things to do in Charlotte that are bass-head friendly, especially for 4/20 weekend. The Charlotte Culture Guide offers free events here: https://charlottecultureguide.com/feature/12/free.
The Mint Museum has two locations in Charlotte and features modern and contemporary art. Because of that, it’s an awesome place to start your day considering the artistic expression area at Digital Gardens. Stop by to participate in a free art chat for the Mint on The Dot! program.
After curfew, bars around Charlotte will still be blasting tunes. Hartland’s Bar will be hosting ‘Good Times in Rock Hill’ and Tommy’s Pub is featuring Swansgate on Saturday. Finally, The Press Box Bar & Grill are once again holding ‘The 420 Affair’ lasts until 2 AM.
Regardless of your intended endeavors, there are plenty of happenings around Charlotte this Easter weekend to dive into. Digital Gardens Music & Arts Celebration is only one of the many outstanding events that will grab heavy rave-goers by the ears. We can’t wait to see you there!