Electric FAIRy Tale 2015 – You probably haven’t heard of this one day music event because, frankly, it has been overshadowed by gigantic performances and mainstream festivals in the brimming EDM world. Nevertheless, K-Lin wrapped up another successful chapter in the Tale of the Electric Fair last weekend. Much like the name implies, Electric FAIRy Tale embodies a circus theme with carnival rides, food stands, and neon decor. But what really makes this event stand out above the rest is a superb and exceptional lineup without breaking the bank. Pre-sale tickets sold for a bargain of $20, which included performances from those who have paved the foundation for the EDM genre – Solarstone, The Thrillseekers, and Talla 2XLC just to name a few. Not to mention that fans paid the same price to see Solarstone in Chicago just the night before, proving Electric FAIRy Tale to be a steal of ten hours of euphoric trance and electro house.
I decided after the first few headliner announcements on the Electric FAIRy Tale Facebook page that I had to make the three hour trek to Fresno. As it turns out, my personal experience at Electric Fairy Tale was unique and exhilarating. As I entered the Fresno Fairgrounds, the first thing I noticed were the carnival rides. A classic ferris wheel, the ‘Tornado’, and a spinner called ‘Zero Gravity’ all served as an additional adrenaline rush aside from the energetic music. I continued to explore the venue, which was relatively small but provided a very intimate environment – plus, there was little to no walking required to get from stage to stage. The crowd really picked up as the night continued, but the layout proved capable of handling the party comfortably.
There were three stages total. The main stage, or Carnival Castle, was placed inside a warehouse, while the other two stages were outside. The production was limited compared to what you’d find at a larger festival, but the frills weren’t necessary with the talented musical lineup which was similar to that of the rapidly sold out Dreamstate – the first ever all trance festival in the US. Not only were there dedicated DJs that any loyal trance fan would love to see, but opening acts put the spotlight on local talent such as Josh Taylor and Eff of Ex. The last stage was hosted by Josser and presented performances by Richard Vission, Eddy Santana, and several other funk and house DJs.
A few main stage performances that were exceptionally memorable were sets from Solarstone as well as The Thrillseekers. Both of these producers in particular have stuck to their roots since the 90s despite the rapid dip in popularity of trance, thus becoming one of the lesser profitable genres in the biz. In fact, Solarstone‘s Pure Trance movement represents just that – a resurgence of the genre for loyal fans who wish to celebrate that trance is here to stay. In celebration, Solarstone dropped one of his more recent tracks, titled “Once”, which carried the audience away with soothing vocals and a beautiful melody. Furthermore, one of the most brilliant and hypnotizing tracks of the night was dropped by The Thrillseekers – “Electrolyte” from Raminio. The classic rave atmosphere that K-Lin constructed certainly reminded everyone of the original fundamentals of the electronic music community.
Overall, Electric FAIRy Tale was one of the best music events I’ve ever attended, full of an admirable community and a harmonized lineup of talented artists. Additionally, the generous perks that came with VIP included a full backstage pass, front row area to the stage, and complimentary drinks. For only $30 more, fans really enjoyed the front row view and then ended the night backstage for photos and autographs of their favorite DJs. The staff and security on grounds were also incredibly friendly and helpful. At a very minuscule cost to attend the event compared to major festivals, it’s hands down one of the best values on the West Coast for a full night of music.