CRSSD music fest is returning to the Waterfront Park in San Diego this Saturday, September 23, through Sunday, September 24, for two electrifying days and nights of electronic dance music. From house, techno, electronic pop, and more — you best have your dance shoes on because we are ready to shuffle our way from stage to stage.
Like many music festivals, CRSSD has a lineup dominated by men, an existing challenge in the electronic landscape and festival industry. While we are so excited to see legendary acts like Underworld, Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim, and Röyksopp — we’re equally excited to experience our fellow women in music, and let me tell you, all of the five acts below are a force to be reckoned with. It won’t be too long until they’re headlining major festivals worldwide.
See below our 5 Must-See Acts at CRSSD!
Los Angeles-based LP Giobbi is one of the brightest stars to shine in 2023. The multi-hyphenate (DJ, producer, pianist, activist) unleashed her luminous debut album Light Places, this past May, and it catapulted her into the cosmos of an already promising career in music.
Her absorbing house creations are owed to the idiosyncrasies of her musical background: trained as a classical pianist who leaned toward jazz in college, she had been raised with a love for the hypnotic connection created by bands like The Grateful Dead. With all that said, LP Giobbi brings enthralling energy to her live sets, one that must be witnessed live to fully take in her music and the kinetic energy she conjures.
Oddly enough, I first heard about LP Giobbi not through the many press releases we receive, not through our own playlists, but through my favorite Peloton instructor, Jess King!
LP Giobbi performances are known to be high-energy and interactive, with her always engaging with her audience. She is a true artist who puts her heart and soul into every show, making it an unforgettable experience for everyone in the crowd.
To top it all off, LP Giobbi is an activist and has been making a point to support women in music. Intending to flip the script in which only 2% of producers are women, she has provided countless women and gender-fluid humans with access to production workshops, education, and scholarship initiatives through her nonprofit FEMME HOUSE.
Catch LP Giobbi at 2:30pm on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Ocean View Stage.
TSHA is an incredibly talented artist making waves in the electronic music scene. Her unique blend of ethereal melodies and driving beats creates an immersive and unforgettable experience for anyone who sees her live. The London-based producer and DJ has a knack for creating delirium-soaked house and dance-pop. Tracks like “Killing Me,” a recent collaboration with Aluna, light a fire on the dance floor with TSHA’s signature touches injecting the track with an impossible-to-resist house energy.
She has collaborated with artists like Diplo and Ellie Goulding, taking part in more trendy and pop-oriented dance tracks, but her strength shines when she rides the electronic wave alone or with less famed artists in the likes of Ell Murphy and MAFRO. Those radio-friendly collaborative EDM tracks are easily digestible but tend to dilute the art, at least for me. Regardless, TSHA is a rising star and one you will not want to miss at CRSSD.
Catch TSHA at 3:45pm on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Palms Stage.
File Ladytron under the must-see electronic music icons category. The English band, led by Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo, has been a force in the electronic music scene since 1999. Ladytron’s impact on today’s musical landscape cannot be overstated. Their unique blend of synthpop, shoegaze, and new wave has influenced countless artists in the genre. Seeing them live at CRSSD music festival will give you the chance to experience their iconic sound firsthand and witness their undeniable stage presence.
Ladytron’s music is a perfect mix of nostalgia and innovation, and their influence can be heard in the work of many electronic artists today. I am vibing hard to hear “Seventeen,” Playgirl” and “Destroy Everyone You Touch” live once again. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the magic of Ladytron at CRSSD Music Festival.
Catch Ladytron at 4:45pm on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Ocean View Stage.
When it comes to the vibrant and ever-evolving world of house music, few names shine as brightly as Jayda G. Hailing from the small town of Grand Forks, British Columbia — Jayda G has made an indelible mark on the scene with her infectious beats, soulful melodies, and unwavering commitment to spreading positivity through music.
Honing her DJ skills and producing her own tracks while living in Berlin, Jayda G’s early releases, such as “Dreamstate” and “Heaven Could Be Lately,” garnered attention for their fresh, soulful sound and infectious grooves. She has a knack for creating insatiable house music that drips in disco and RnB. Her 2016 breakthrough track “Both of Us” is what catapulted her to international recognition in the house music world.
Aside from Jayda G’s groovealicous music, her commitment to environmentalism also makes her a fan favorite. She actively combines her love for nature with her music, hosting workshops and discussions on sustainability and climate change awareness, demonstrating that artists can use their platforms to make a positive impact beyond their music.
In the ever-evolving world of house music, DJ Jayda G stands out as a true luminary.
Catch Jayda G at 3pm on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Palms Stage.
For all the techno purists that crave that “untz untz untz” throb, Amelie Lens concepts a fierce techno-driven sound that takes you back to the old school rave days. Hailing from Belgium, a country known for its rich electronic music heritage, Amelie Lens is a trailblazer in the techno scene. Her music is characterized by relentless beats, pulsating basslines, and hypnotic melodies that will transport you to another dimension on the dancefloor.
Tracks like “In Silence” and “Feel It” are a feast for the senses and we can only hope to witness both live at CRSSD. Whether you’re a techno aficionado or not, Amelie Lens is not to be missed. Get ready for the bass vibrations!
Catch Amelie Lens at 9:30pm on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the City Steps Stage.