Since SXSW was last week, I don’t have to make a choice between that shitstorm “fest” and #SPF420 FEST 3.0, but fuck it, I choose #SPF420 anyway. Thanks to #SPF420, an internet-based gathering that streams live through video/chat service Tinychat, I’ve had the pleasure of wearing pajamas to two fests — 1.0 back in September 2012, 2.0 in early January — while watching the likes of Vektroid (Prism Corp, Macintosh Plus, etc.), coolmemoryz, LAKE RADIO, Metallic Ghosts, Infinity Frequencies, No Taste, and more.
While the first couple fests were sorta heavy on “vaporwave” (or vaporwave-related) artists, the third installment sees fest organizers Stress (♥) and Chaz Allen (Metallic Ghosts) digging deep into the virtual dance underground. Vektroid, who performed at the first fest and DJ’d as Prism Corp for the second, is playing again (yay!), but the fest is also bringing in the ghettodisco of DJ PayPal, the cracked beats of Contact Lens, the futurist cyberpop of Magic Fades, the dreamtrap of Blackedout, and the smooth futurism of Kodak Cameo. (Look, new genres!) It’s a big departure at first glance, but when compared to the lineup of any other fest out there, the continuities between these artists — lust for the groove, masterful repetition, hyperreal imagery, sensual exaggerations, fluid aesthetics — become particularly pronounced.
#SPF420 FEST 3.0 starts at 10 PM EST on Wednesday, March 20 in this Tinychat room. Chaz will serve as the house DJ (as Sugar C), Transmuteo (who performed at 2.0 and writes here as Jonathan Dean) will do a slow rave DJ set for the afterparty, and Stress will be hosting it all. So
get up and go to the show stay right there and wait patiently for showtime.
You can view the fest’s trailer and sample all the artists below: