Review: Mamby on the Beach, day 2

While day one of Mamby on the Beach had an overcast of thick, grey clouds dampening the spirit of excited electronic music fans, day two of the weekend-long festival was all sunshine and clear skies, making it ideal weather for a day at the festival.

A noticeable increase of fans was also apparent, as music lovers caught news of the low-key festival happening down at Oakwood Beach. More fans also took advantage of the free attractions scattered throughout the festival grounds like yoga, tribal tattoos, and of course, the bar.

Starting the day early in the afternoon playing at The Tent stage was Louis the Child, a local DJ duo that has a knack for remixing popular pop songs, such as rising indie-pop singer Zella Day, fellow heavyweight DJ Kaskade and EDM powerhouse Avicii. Amassing hundreds of thousands of streams, it’s no surprise that Louis the Child had one of the largest audiences of the entire weekend, giving the brightly-lit beach a nighttime club atmosphere.

A few hours later, Argentina-born singer Tei Shi graced the Main Stage. Actually named Valerie Teicher, she successfully dazzled the crowd with her warm, delicate vocals performing songs like “Adder(f)all” and “Bassically” from her most recent EP titled “Verde.” Known for making slower, more sensual bedroom pop music, Tei Shi’s set served as a much needed interruption from the four-on-the-floor dance music that was played throughout the festival. The audience seemed to enjoy this slow down as well, giving the humble singer a roaring applause towards the end of her set.

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The day wasn’t all fun and smiles, however. When news broke of house music act Klingande’s cancelled performance due to travel issues, several disappointed fans didn’t hold back when expressing their anger.

“This festival really needs to get it together,” one fan said to her group of equally agitated friends.

Others fans viewed the cancellation as more of a blessing in disguise.

“At least I don’t have to choose between Kilingande and Cherub now,” said another fan.

Towards the evening, the same high energy felt during the early afternoon picked up as the headliners began to play on the “Main Stage.” New York-based electronic duo Phantogram took the stage first, attracting the attention of almost every festival goer on the beach. Not a single glow stick or beach ball was below the air as the band played their most popular hits like “Black Out Days” and “Don’t Move.”

Closing out the night was Passion Pit, arguably the biggest act on the lineup. As expected, the indie-pop band known for their psychedelic sounds elevated the audience to a new level of energy. Girls climbed on the necks of guys to get a better glimpse at the stage, waving homemade signs to catch the attention of lead singer Michael Angelakos.

At the end of the night, thousands of smiling fans poured out of Oakwood Beach and littered the streets of the city, dancing all the way home.

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