Secret Project Festival Review
To kick off the start of my Fall festival season, I decided to give the new Secret Project Festival a shot! Since my husband and I had a blast at the Carl Cox Factory 93 event in March, we thought this would be a good one to check out. This two-day event was a new collaboration with Insomniac Events and a Club Called Rhonda (been dying to go to one of their events! If anyone has been, please let me know!). Tickets were around $130 for two days (each) and the lineup was a dream for techno lovers! I had only listened to Carl Cox, Bicep, Bonobo, Tale of Us, and Peggy Gou, so I was excited to hear some authentic techno. The show took place from October 13-14 and ran from 2-10! Let’s get into the Secret Project Festival review below!
The event was hosted at the DTLA Music and Arts space. I like this venue because it’s very industrial and parking is free if you can find it (we parked on the street about a mile away). There were two stages and some cool art installations including artists painting murals as the music played in the background. There were more port-o-potties this time, so that was a plus! Water was still $7 and the food was also steep at around $15-20 per plate! Plenty of options for vegans, health nuts, and the like! Security was pretty easy and seamless. I wasn’t a fan of how the VIP area took over the cute little alley way and was also extremely exclusive (I don’t love that Factory 93 is starting to sell out in this sense).
In terms of stages, I preferred the Spring Street Stage as it had more of that dark techno sound. The other one (Naud Street) had more of a house feel. Both are good, but I like that industrial sound more! Motor City Drum Ensemble was my favorite for sure.
All of the artists were great and the sound system was pretty solid! A little overlap if you were sitting in the middle and eating, but no complaints for the most part!
This crowd was definitely older than other Insomniac events, but everyone was really respectful and having a good time! Similar vibes to CRSSD if any of you have experienced that festival. Most people naturally gravitated towards wearing all black, but I did see some funky outfits for sure. My wild outfit including custom leopard chaps from Mollipop Glow and a black harness from The Lumi Shop.
Unfortunately, my husband and I felt rundown around 8 on Friday, so even though we made it until closing, we sold our tickets for Sunday and missed Carl Cox! This festival overall seemed like a big hit, and I’m glad Insomniac is creating more events for the techno lovers. I would definitely recommend checking out one of the Factory 93 events in the future if you are ever curious!