For the second year in a row, Hijinx Music Festival has seamlessly executed another flawless and mind-blowing event as crowds of monstrous proportions gathered under the roof of the Pennsylvania Convention Center to celebrate not only the end of another year, but the end of a decade. After a wildly successful year one, the Hijinx team had a lot to live up to and truly did not disappoint.
From start to finish, year two of Hijinx went off with a bang – flaunting an extremely stacked lineup with industry titans such as Skrillex, Bassnectar, Excision and so many more. With a sold out event it seemed as if the crowd doubled in size as festival-goers from near and far just couldn’t seem to pass up the chance to attend Hijinx 2019. Despite the crowd growth – security, vendors, event staff and the medical teams remained on their A-game. The event staff kept security lines consistently moving and made sure all facets of the festival experience were operating smooth and seamless. Water stations were conveniently located at the back of the venue along with a plethora of bathrooms available for attendees. Earplugs were a must as the sound production was even bigger and better than last year!
Day one came in hot and heavy featuring Zia, SoDown, Zion I, CloZee, Subtronics, Griz, Bassnectar and Zeds Dead. With no slowing down, day two showcased Wavedash, Kittens, The Underachievers, Droeloe, Big Wild, Porter Robinson, Skrillex, with Excision B2B Slander closing out the last weekend of the decade. After a weekend jam-packed with music from the industries largest artists, it was hard to say who came out on top, but we have narrowed down the top four sets of the weekend that we hope you didn’t miss:
Hijnx Music Festival 2019: Musicfests365 Top 4 Sets
Coming in at number one is none other than the dance music legend himself, Skrillex. Delivering undoubtedly the most crowd shuttering set of the weekend, the OWSLA label founder took the crowd on a trip down memory lane with classics like like Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, Red Lips, Wild For The Night, Where R U Now, Ease my Mind, Chicken Soup, and Purple Lamborghini. The crowd went wild with each and every drop reminding us why we fell in love with dance music and Skrillex to begin with.
2. Porter Robinson
Coming off an incredible year after embarking on creating a festival of his own (Second Sky Festival) – Porter’s DJ sets never fail to keep the crowd on their toes. While throwing in fan favorites and Worlds’ classics, the GRAMMY nominated artist also showcased his psy-trance side. In our opinion, ANY Porter set is an AMAZING Porter set.
It is no secret that Bassnectar brings out the bassheads to any and every event that he graces his presence with. The King of Sound never fails to present top notch sound, visuals and overall unmatched production quality. Hijinx marked the start of the bass heavyweight’s four night long New Year’s Eve Run and he certainly did not hold back. As most bassheads looked ahead to his annual New Years Eve 360 curated event, Hijinx was not a set to miss as he dropped Delamure, undoubtedly a fan favorite!
4. Zeds Dead
After catching an eclectic array of sets from the duo this year, it was nice to see the boys stay close to their roots with all of the Zeds Dead songs we know and love. Collapse, Coffee Break, Blame, need I say more? We love to see DC and Hooks dip their toes in different genres, however, and you can call me old school, I was happy to see a set with a lot of the classics.
These are just a few sets that made Hijinx special for us, but the magic that flowed throughout the festival from start to finish was unstoppable. Other weekend highlights included a very eclectic set from Griz in which he brought out artists PROBCAUSE and CHRISHIRA. Griztronics also made an appearance with their renown ‘Griztronics’ collab. Excision and SLANDER came together for the weekends only B2B set and even unveiled a new collaboration in the works ‘Your Fault’. Big Wild always brings the feel-good vibes, blasting his latest ‘Superdream’ album.
The party in Philly didn’t seem to stop as the Hijinx Offiical Afterparty’s saw second performances from Zeds Dead, SLANDER, and Wavedash in addition to sets from JANTSEN, Digital Ethos, Russ Liquid and EAZYBAKED.
Although year one was hard to top, the Hijinx team pulled together an even bigger and better second year that blew us all away. Hijinx Music Festival was an outstanding end to the decade and undoubtedly one of the biggest parties in the northeast this holiday season. As 2019 has come and gone, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next decade, but most importantly what’s in store for the next Hijinx. Stay tuned folks and Happy New Year!