Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 4, 2013
The moment that Vampire Weekend finished their sunset set it seemed like a massive crush of humanity pressed toward the neighboring Honda stage where Colorado-based EDM artist Kaskade was starting his set with a soulful hook looped over a pulsing bass-heavy beat. Sprinting streams of teenagers snaked their way through the crowd up to the front where, from a distance, thousands of white arms seemed to wave in unison.
Alone onstage, Kaskade performed in front of a massive screen where splotches of bright color kaleidescoped, dancing occasionally with an animated eye or some other oddity. Then everything shifted and psychedelic vines spread wildly before giving way to colorful mushroom clouds. The intricate dance of audio and visual is a integral to electronic dance music, and while it seemed that everyone in Zilker Park under 25 was pushing into the crowd, even the folks on the hill staking their spots for Depeche Mode turned their chairs toward the Honda stage, genuinely intrigued by the scene .
ACL 2013’s EDM offerings are substantially smaller than they have been in the past two years, but based on the fanatic reaction to Kaskade’s set, it’s safe to say the interest is as strong as ever.