Salt Lake City’s annual house music festival, Get Funky, popped off with a spectacular lineup and new additions to the venue.
V2 Presents reliably curates great lineups for their seasonal festivals, and their kick-off to summer, Get Funky, topped the charts. This year’s edition featured a lineup of phenomenal artists like Chris Lake, Walker & Royce, Dom Dolla, and SIDEPIECE, making it a house music lover’s dream come true. Located at The Great Saltair outside Salt Lake City, the weekend party had great weather, new venue additions, and a whole lot of fun!
Usually known for its muddy grass floor and a hill tough to walk up, The Great Saltair has made some changes this time around. The addition of turf instead of grass felt amazing to be able to sit down and not get dirty. Additionally, there is now a large cement lookout tower in the back of the crowd that has steps in front, offering more seated areas. According to multiple attendees, these new inclusions made a huge difference in how they like the venue now.
Since the entire event is at a single stage the whole weekend, it was nice never having any conflicts on the schedule and being able to enjoy each artist on the big outside platform. The beautiful weather, neither hot nor cold, kept the vibes high with each day. Though the lines for food and drinks were pretty long, they moved quickly.
Each artist throughout the weekend played some of the best house music I’ve seen in a while.
On Friday, Lazer Kitten and mija started the day off, followed by the bass house sounds of BIJOU featuring some of his hit songs like the collab “Hello” with Dr. Fresch and “Your Love“. The changeover between BIJOU and Lee Foss took an uncomfortable amount of time, but once he began, Lee Foss got the funky rhythm going.
The absolute jaw-droppers of the night, though, had to be Walker & Royce and Chris Lake. As usual, Walker & Royce typically cater their performance to the crowd, and this time was no different. With the funky theme of the weekend, their songs had everyone dancing and hollering. Chris Lake later rendered a touching moment with the unreleased song featuring the lyrics, “You’ve got me spinning in your atmosphere, it feels so good I want to stay right here.”
The artist to dominate Saturday was Dom Dolla playing a mix of his classics and recent releases as well.
Saturday afternoon featured Sunlit Britt, Blossom, and HoneyLuv as the sun went down. HoneyLuv’s vibrant energy on stage was a force to be reckoned with and much needed after the late night before. TOKiMONSTA kept the house music banging, but it was SIDEPIECE that really pumped up the crowd. Both of them bouncing around the stage in a lively manner made the crowd go wild. The final, beautiful ending to the weekend was delivered by Dom Dolla, who played classics such as “Pump the Brakes,” “San Frandisco,” and the more recent “Rhyme Dust.”
V2 Presents smashed it with this year’s Get Funky, and we’re excited to see what they have next to offer as the venue continues to add on.
There is no doubt in my mind how much fun each and every attendee had over the course of the weekend. Looking through the crowd, there were smiles and laughter all around. Though the vibes were phenomenal, one stage element could have been improved. Each side of the stage featured a dancer and flow performer. Unfortunately, there were no spotlights or backlighting on these performers, and it was nearly impossible to see them. With proper lighting in the future, the entertainers are guaranteed to be a hit.
Get Funky always delivers the perfect segue into V2 Present’s biggest annual event, Das Energi, in August. Given the newest additions to the venue, we’re excited to see what the next Salt Lake City festival will bring!