[Sunset on Thursday]
Wow. Impulse was wild. Literally. Imagine something like “Where the Wild Things Are” in the backwoods of Georgia, a magical place where you party like an animal with your weirdest friends until sunrise. We arrived on Thursday night as the sun was starting to set. We set up the campsite and proceeded to get ‘weird.’ In typical festival fashion, it started pouring rain, and I realized I didn’t bring an extra pair of shoes. No worries though. Since the festival was ‘glass-free,’ you could walk around barefoot. Yes, barefoot. Don’t bash it until you’ve danced barefoot in the mud and rain to your favorite DJ. Not only did we catch a high energy set from Eddie Gold, but the World Class Art Thieves had our ears ringing for the rest of the night. Welcome to Impulse.
The bulk of Friday afternoon was spent recovering in a hammock and eating ramen noodles. Can’t complain. Later that day, we decided to take partying to the next level with the creation of a liquid nectar, referred to as ‘go-go juice’ or ‘rave juice.’ It’s a delightful mixture of Gatorade, Sprite, Redbull, and Vodka. Looking back, this concoction was essential for the next 7 hours of raging. Blastoff. We walked up to an absolutely trance-inducing set from Boombox, surrounded by such a dope crowd.
[Boombox on Main Stage, Friday Night]
The groove continued into the night, followed by epic set from Curt Heiny of Archnemesis. At the end of his set, he grabbed the mic and gave his two cents saying something like, ‘Fuck the haters and everybody who’s talking shit right now just because they aren’t out here having a good time like we are,’ then proceeded to drop a few more filthy tracks, including their “Kendrick Lamar – Frontseat ReStyle (Archnemesis Remix).” Next up on the Pavilion Stage was illGates. I was stoked for his set as he just finished a recent tour and has a new EP coming out with Bassnectar. No surprise, he killed it.
[illGates on the Pavilion Stage, Friday Night]
Next up was local talent MK Ultra, who just blasted the crowd with a mixture of heavy, grimey, melodic dubstep. Very refreshing, and very fun. At this point, only the strongest ragers were still present at around 3 AM. The final show of the night was Mantis. The duo had a massive and brutal set that must have echoed through the entire grounds. It was a mixture of deathstep, dubstep, trap, and even moombahton. Day 2, complete.
I think everyone slept like a babies until mid-afternoon on Saturday. Around dinnertime, we decided to grab some festival food, instead of yet another round of ramen noodles. Not only could you get the typical carnival-style food, but they also had some special small vendors. One of my new favorites, ‘Goatocado‘ out of Richmond, VA, had a bowl of hot Smokehouse BBQ Mac ‘N Cheese. So good. We started off the night with Buku in the Area 51 tent. He was on point as usual, and even grabbed the mic at the end and said he was having a great time partying with Impulse in the swamp.
[Buku on the Area 51 Stage, Saturday Night]
The fun was just getting started. Torro Torro arrived with beers in hand and ready to bounce. Their set was just magnetic, as we were in the very front the entire time.
[Torro Torro on the Area 51 Stage, Saturday Night]
[Torro Torro on the Area 51 Stage, Saturday Night]
Afterwards, we followed Torro Torro to the Pavilion Stage for a highly anticipated set from Robotic Pirate Monkey. In my mind, RPM was kind of like a wild card. I had no idea what to expect, as I didn’t know much about them and only have a few of their tracks. Let me say, Robotic Pirate Monkey is the sh*t…or the future. Probably both. Just a few minutes into their set, the largest crowd of the entire festival gathered underneath the pavilion. Everyone was bouncing and moving the entire time. I can only describe their set as some ‘futuristic-funky-dubstep-Colorado-vibe-swag.’ Mind blown. Day 3, epic.
[Robotic Pirate Monkey on the Pavilion Stage, Saturday Night]
Day 4 – Your body feels like you ran a marathon, and your mind is more fried then chicken. I still remember opening the door to my tent and stepping out into the 10 am sun, just looking around. I felt an uplifting sense of happiness and good vibes. Through the rain and mud, I didn’t hear more than a single complaint all weekend and just had an overwhelming sense that we were here doing something special. I had the same feeling after Counterpoint last year. Maybe it’s the hometown love (ATL), but there’s just something about being a music festival pioneer from the very beginning, hoping when it’s over that it’ll return next year. The 2nd ever Impulse was a massive success. Even on the artistic side of the festival, it was very cool to see independent artists working alongside respectable vendors like Eno Hammocks and Grassroots California. The staff, crowd, and musicians, made it a very memorable experience.
I would like to say thank you to Jared Parfrey, Whateverz Klever Presents, Angel City, and all our new friends. We had a blast and look forward to next year!
Sunday Morning <3