TomorrowWorld 2015 Day 3 Highlights: Armin van Buuren, Cashmere Cat, SNAILS & More
Reeling from inclement weather that stranded thousands of attendees Saturday (Sept. 26) night, SFX's TomorrowWorld persisted on its final day in Chattahoochee Hills, Ga. on Sunday (Sept. 27) with a revised lineup due to four stage closures. While non-camping ticket holders were advised that they would not be permitted into the festival, many turned up anyway for the day's second half.
6:32 p.m.: Approaching the festival grounds, I am greeted by giant signs on the highway reading "Festival is Closed" and escorted on-site from a security checkpoint on a tractor. "Watch your step, there's a lot of mud!" the driver yells.
7:03 p.m.: Tropical and deep house collide on the Boat stage, which quickly reaches capacity thanks to the seductive saxophone stylings of Klingande. As Thomas Jack and Sam Feldt look on with drinks in their hand backstage, the French tropical duo literally rocked the stage's ship design, shaking the structural rafters with melodic remixes of Alex Adair's 'Make Me Feel Better' and Sigma's "Changing' alongside Paloma Faith.
7:08 p.m.: Perched on a couch at the artist mansion, SNAILS' eyes alight when he speaks about his debut Red Rocks performance at Big Gigantic's Rowdytown event over the weekend. "It was fucking massive man!" the Montreal native exclaims. "I've never been going so crazy before a show before. I was like checking and double checking my USBs to make sure my music was all there!"
7:55 p.m.: Martin Garrix unsurprisingly draws an enormous crowd on the main stage, delighting his fans with an accessible array of favorites like Avicii's "Waiting for Love" and OneRepublic's "If I Lose Myself." Up in the Liv Skyloft, The Chainsmokers' Alex Pall sprays champagne skyward in celebration while industry actors mingle and muse over the ongoing eclipse that can't be seen behind swollen gray clouds.
8:37 p.m.: Jetting straight from the closing parties in Ibiza, Guy Gerber takes to the decks about a half hour after his scheduled set time. The Israeli artist predictably brings his A-game for the half hour or so performance, sonically teleporting the crowd to the cliffside beaches of the White Isle.
9:30 p.m.: Maya Jane Coles walks on stage to give Guy Gerber a tight hug before setting up her own equipment. Blending hip-hop samples and funky house vibes, the deep house diva proves why she's remained a household name over the past decade.
9:38 p.m.: SNAILS takes to the YourEDM-sponsored All Your Bass Are Belong to Us stage (whose early internet meme meaning I had to explain to him beforehand), pummeling the crowd with his patented "vomitstep" bass synthesis. "It's filthy!" yells an attendee in a skull-emblazoned ski mask. "I love how hard he goes man," exclaims his friend. "He goes hard as fuck!"
10:15 p.m.: Ariana Grande's high notes soar over the audience at the Grand Theater stage as Cashmere Cat plays their collaboration "Adore'" off the pop star's smash album My Everything. Cashmere's sonic brilliance is a mixture between ambient noises and bass-heavy rhythms, entrancing the crowd in an ethereal moment in time.
10:40 p.m.: Thomas Jack pulls his long, curly locks back behind his headphones and sips on a cocktail. The tropical house curator delves into a deeper house set with gut-punching basslines, possibly changing up his game plan to mesh with the Boat Stage headliner Jamie Jones. Girls sit atop guys' shoulders, and one hold a sign that says "I love Rum & Bass." Ironically, so does Thomas Jack.
11:00 p.m.: Armin van Buuren closes out the main stage with an over-the-top performance marked by lasers and pyrotechnics. A sea of fans wave flashing blue glow sticks along to the angelic vocals of his classic trance ballad, "Falling In And Out Of Love." Fireworks shoot up and trickle across the cloudy night sky to crown the final moments of the weekend.
11:43 p.m.: Jamie Jones attempts to shuffle behind the booth during an incredible performance that seems to even impress himself. Thomas Jack joins the Paradise parade for a put-your-hands-up photo with the crowd for Instagram. Fans linger after his set as Jamie stops to take pictures with each and every one of them.