This past weekend we headed to 515 Alive Music Festival to cover one of the best festivals in the Midwest. Last year they hosted the event in downtown Des Moines at Gateway Park. It was a great festival for being in a smaller city. However, this year they hosted the festival at Water Works Park just south of the city. This site which is much bigger than the previous park, housed camping for patrons 21+ and four stages. This year they had Excision, and GRiZ headlining with other giant national acts such as Gucci Mane, Hopsin, Tech N9ne, Mija, Pouya, NGHTMRE, and Joyryde. As well as some other artists that headline all over the world. We were blown out of the water with performances by AFK, Virtual Riot B2B Dubloadz, Said The Sky, Koan Sound, Dabin, Mija, and Excision.
In addition to the new site and the new stages they offered free water taps all over the park and a lineup of food trucks to satisfy even the most sluggish patron. We were pleasantly surprised on how big the actual festival site was and how the layout of each stage had zero sound bleed into any of the other stages. Unless you were in the way back by the food trucks it was nice to hear only one stage’s music with no mix up of another stage’s music. Usually it’s impossible to arrange the stages to have no sound bleed but with the way it was set up they nailed it at Water Works Park. We couldn’t have been happier to work for such a delightful crew again this year. They have one of the most organized crews I have ever dealt with.
Now, most people that attended will say that the first few hours on Friday hosted some problems. The main stage started two hours later than posted, however due to some unforeseen power issues it was started back up around 3pm. Before then I think the openers at the three smaller stages enjoyed the lack of a main stage cause all of them were packed in the early afternoon hours. This being my only complaint of the weekend is still not a bad problem to have. It sucks that we missed Psymbionic, but stuff happens and you can’t always prepare for a power failure right when the festival first opens. After, the late open on Friday everything else went smoothly. The sound was bangin’, the lights were bright, and the people were having fun dancing into the night. Please head to 515 Alive next year we guarantee you will not regret it.
Check our social media pages for videos and pictures of the festival and don’t forget to check 515 Alive’s Facebook page to see everyone’s photos and the official recap video!