Photo © Justin Ward
Photo © Justin Ward
Photo © Justin Ward

Words: Justin Ward / Photos: Justin Yee

started five years back and I just happened to be lucky enough to be well on my way to moving to via , so I’ve gotten to catch each and every version of that the team at has put together. Every year, remarkably, this just gets better. Tighter logistics. Great scheduling. Amazing food. Awesome extracurriculars like the Heineken Dome and Barbary Tent. Even a killer lot scene.

was the first day for the 2013 festival, and the I casually consumed while walking through and meeting my friends lead to being one of my favorite days at the festival ever. My day started the set on the mainstage while I met up friends, and I strolled over by the Heineken Dome to hear slaying the indoor tent before I got a good spot for .

Rhye @ Sutro Stage © Wesley Hodges
@ Sutro Stage © Wesley Hodges

was definitely a beautiful afternoon set to take in and my first exposure to that band while the guys were doing everything in their power to blow people away on the stage, including climbing to the top of it.


I skipped (even though I had heard the Bob Weir sit-in was imminent) because I wanted to catch the newest superstar prodigy .


This set was definitely raging; out of nowhere the entire field was covered in rage sticks and each 90 seconds of build-up, drop or bounce just kept the crowd moving hard. I enjoyed this set a lot, even if the “Zelda” remix kinda made me laugh out loud for a moment.

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After , I checked out the lead and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a jukebox set of hits like “I’m Coming Out”, “Let’s Dance” and more tracks that Rodgers has had a hand in throughout the years.

Seeing on the main stage was unbelievable. I caught the first half of the set and missed the fireworks during “ and Let Die”…

…but I called “Lovely Rita” just from hearing a note or two and had more than a few moments where I was completely at chills.


I closed the festival with on the stage and he was pulling out some deep bass on this set. It’s the strongest I’ve ever seen him and it was blowing the crowd’s mind collectively.

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Tons of lasers painting the park and a fitting untz way to close out my first day.

Check out photos below from Justin Yee; he saw some of , , , Zedd, , and

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