Summer Set Music Festival Review – Jared Winkel (The Hypist)

Summer Set Music Festival Review – Jared Winkel (The Hypist)


Summer Set Music Festival returned to Wisconsin for it’s 5th year anniversary, and brought the heat with

it this year. With an absolutely stacked lineup, and it’s always amazing location in the rolling hills of

Somerset, it was no secret that this year was going to be one of its best.

While many of the attendees camp out, either in the official sites, or in the campsites alongside the river

across from the venue, there were also plenty of hotel options available. With intermittent rain covering

the festival on Friday, the hotel seemed like the right choice. As I rode the shuttle, I could feel the

excitement radiating from the revelers at each hotel stop. I talked to a couple lovely girls that had flown

in from across the country for their first festival, and I assured them that they had made the right choice.

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As we pulled up to the festival gates, they immediately knew why. A light drizzle couldn’t dampen

anyone’s excitement as Flux Pavilion took the main stage and threw down an amazing bass onslaught

that set the tone for the entire weekend. Summer Set 2016 had finally begun.

Summer Set’s lineup always strikes a beautiful balance between hip-hop, live electronic, and DJs, but

this year was particularly bass-heavy, and nobody seemed to mind. With standout performances coming

from artists like Jauz, Bassnectar, Mija, and NGHTMRE, the best moments of the festival involved a

significant amount of bass pumping through your body. The incredible production complemented the

DJs perfectly, and by the time the music ended, if you weren’t exhausted from dancing, you were doing

something wrong. Whether you trudged back to your tent or slept on the shuttle ride back to the hotel,

everyone was experience the same feeling: beautiful exhaustion.

Summer Set wasn’t just all about the music either. Daytime tubing trips down the river provided relief

from the hot weather, and there was even a DJ throwing down riverside once you got to the end of the

trip, where everyone just partied in the river until it was time to head back to the venue. Once inside,

there were merch and food vendors galore, and even carnival rides if you were feeling brave enough

after the amount of booze most people had already consumed by mid-afternoon. There was even a

giant sculpture near the back of The Grove that breathed fire when you pulled on the chains. There was

no shortage of things to see and explore at Summer Set.

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Every day had its highlight moments. Friday, Flux Pavilion’s rainy main stage set got everyone ready for

the weekend, and led into Zhu’s hauntingly beautiful afterparty performance that went until the sun

was peeking out. Saturday, everyone threw down, from Alison Wonderland’s amazing daytime set to

absolutely crushing performances at night from Grimes, Bassnectar, and the star of the weekend, Jauz.

Sunday, if you had any energy left, Rufus Du Sol played a beautiful set under the sun at The Grove, and

NGHTMRE and Skrillex closed things out at their respective stages with more bass than your ragged

bodies could probably handle. From start to finish, the music was amazing.

Overall, Summer Set’s fifth anniversary was a massive success. Whether you had to drive hungover for

nine hours like I did, or if you were the lucky ones that went from your hotel to the airport or your home

without having to lift a finger, everyone left feeling tired, sore, and incredibly happy. It’s a unique blend

of a city and camping festival, allowing you to do whatever you feel comfortable with, and experience

pure euphoria for one wild weekend. See you next year.

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