Counterpoint rocks Georgia through the weekend


About four months ago I discovered Counterpoint Music Festival online and instantly decided I was going. Counterpoint is located in Fairburn, Ga., which is about a 12 hour drive from Shippensburg, including stops.

The 2012 Counterpoint festival is the first of what will become an annual production by MCP Presents. The festival started on Thursday, Sept. 27 and ran through Saturday, Sept. 29.

Festival attendees were allowed to enter the venue starting at 10 a.m.

The venue was located back a long, winding, rural road, where you would get in line to receive your wristbands and have your cars searched.

Cars were directed to a camping location and attendees would set up there tents. The venue had an east and west camping areas, one located on each side of where the stages were located in the middle of the venue.

The venue had four performance areas the Point Stage, Counterpoint Stage, Beat Tent and Backbeat Tent.

On Thursday, artists only performed at the Beat Tent and the Backbeat Tent.

At 5 p.m. Abakus started at the Beat Tent and Stokeswood started at the Backbeat Tent. After Abakus was Nobody Beats the Dum, Adventure Club, Beats Antique and Big Gigantic; who finished off the night around midnight. At the Backbeat Tent after Stokeswood were Trench, ABDECAF, RUN DMT, and a performance by Up Until Now. Friday started off with Rhythm Monks at the Beat Tent. During the day, Counterpoint was hit with rain and had to cancel some shows.

After the rain cleared big name electronic acts like MIMOSA, Atmosphere, Crystal Castles, M83, Feed Me, Excision and AVICII were on. EDM legend Bassnectar was on the Point stage from 10:15-midnight and the night ended with acts like R3BAH, Treasure Fingers, A-Trak and Alesso.

On the final day of the festival, Saturday, acts started at noon. Atlanta native Big Boi (known as the better half of the tag-team OutKast) was at the festival and played classic hits like “Ms. Jackson,” “The way you move,” “Shutterbug,” and “New daddy fat saxxx.”

Steve Angello of the Swedish House Mafia took over the Point stage a few hours after Big Boi and played hit songs like “Save the World,” “Antidote” and “Don’t you worry child.”

Zeds Dead played at the Beat Tent for over an hour and dropped hits like “Coffee break” and his remix of “Mercy.” The duo even dropped a classic of the ’90s called “Song 2” by Blur.

Skrillex brought a huge crowd to the Counterpoint Stage at 8:45p.m. He hypnotized his audience with a light and laser show and bursts of hundreds of glowtsicks were being thrown from the crowd during drops.

Near the end of his set he asked everyone to raise their lights while playing songs like “Cinema” “Kyoto” and “My name is Skrillex.”

Directly after Skrillex was Pretty Lights on the Point Stage, which was connected to the Counterpoint Stage. Pretty Lights calmed the crowd after an intense performance by Skrillex. He played his new songs like “You Get High” and “So Bright” as well as old hits like “Finally Moving,” and “Still Night.”

His set was finished with fireworks that seemed to last forever, which made for a perfect ending of the shows on the main stages.

The final shows at the tents on Saturday included performances by Ghostland Observatory, Alvin Risk, Laidback Luke and Zedd.

Aside from the artists Counterpoint supplied many other things for the festival-goers to do. Art installments, a ferris wheel, shops, small pond and various food vendors encompassed the rest of the festival grounds.

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