As cloudy skies settled over the usually sunny city of San Diego, not even the threat of rain could dampen the spirits of revelers eager to ring in the new year.
All over downtown, partygoers can be seen gallivanting as they close in 2022. But, of the many celebrations scattered across the SoCal metropolis, only one has an elite lineup of techno and house music artists: It’s NYE right.
Produced by FNGRS CRSSD, the inaugural two-day celebration took over Petco Park, the stadium of MLB’s San Diego Padres, which has become a second home for the event’s thriving promoter. What used to be a haven for baseball fans turned into a three-stage music festival, welcoming thousands of electronic dance music aficionados.
Tucked away in an obscure corner of the ballpark is the Terrace. This music haven offers a more secluded setting with unobstructed views of the city’s famous Coronado Bridge. Weiss, Wyatt Marshall, Westend, Maxinne and Hannah Wants all showcased their talents in this episode, among others.
The Park can be found right outside the stadium, in an area known as Gallagher Square. Offering a lush, grassy hillside, the park offers an eclectic roster of DJs performing throughout the weekend, including Mark Knight, Will Clarke, Loco Dice and Hot Since 82.
Other highlights from Gallagher Square include a techno throwdown by Eli Brown, the darker sound of Oliver Heldens’ HI-LO alias, a tech-trance set by Kevin De Vries and the only back-to- back at the weekend from Anabel Englund and Mary Droppinz.
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However, there was one stage in particular that dominated the course of the weekend, the Field. As its name implies, the Field is located in the outfield of Petco Park, giving guests access to the grass and surrounding seating.
The stage itself boasts multi-paneled LED screens with stunning visuals, state-of-the-art lighting, lasers and pyrotechnics. Sohmi, Cristoph, Mau P, Wade, Dombresky, Nora En Pure and Tinlicker all perform here.
Other notable performances include a rain-enhanced progressive retreat by Lane 8, a hybrid live set courtesy of SOFI TUKKER, a high-energy house set from John Summit (pre –loss of the plane) and a “Redux” signature set by Kaskade.
Overall, the team behind FNGRS CRSSD has managed to elevate the New Year’s experience by offering a stellar selection of tastemakers in a near-perfect setting. Each of the three stages offers unique points while taking advantage of the stadium’s infrastructure.
Although the inclement weather continued throughout the weekend, it proved to be a non-issue as thousands of ravers embraced the rain and danced to 2023.