Dandelion Music Festival takes downtown by storm
Dandelion music fest takes downtown by storm
Lights danced over a packed Clinton Square for the Dandelion Music Festival on Saturday night as thousands converged in downtown Syracuse for a seven-hour concert featuring energetic sets from big-name electronic dance DJs like Nicky Romero and Deorro along with Kryoman, EC Twins, SVNF8, and Talia x Tadeo.
Entry was free for all, with some guests pre-registering for tickets while others joined the crowd as they were walking by. With no security or COVID regulations, people flowed through the square with vibrant costumes, stilts, and glowing juggling pins and whips. The event even had a $1,500 cash prize for the best costume.
Andrew Moore, a.k.a. Kryoman, is the entertainment director for the festival as well as a headlining act and worked closely with Ted Farnsworth, co-founder of Zash Media and Syracuse native, to put on the festival.
“It is a feel good, giving back concert, bringing electronic music from all over the world with international acts, Burning Man installations, and Cirque du Soleil performers,” Moore said. “It’s something cool that Syracuse has never seen before all in one place.”
Moore said the concert was also about giving back to the city and that Zash Media also donated $25,000 to Redhouse Arts Center to continue to support the arts in the area.
Talia and Tadeo kicked off the festival at 4 p.m. to as only a few hundred had arrived at Clinton Square for the early performers. Their electronic house music filled downtown and could be heard several blocks away. Kids came through with their families to dance and play on the art installation by Jen Lewin called “The Pool” that featured circles of white pads on the ground that changed color when stepped on.
As the sun set on downtown around 7 p.m., the party atmosphere continued to build momentum. Kryoman’s set got the crowd dancing with light-up foam sticks and bass resonating through thousands of bodies in the crowd. Trampoline artists in glowing outfits danced on stage along with giant robots with arms that blasted fog in the air and women dressed as cyborgs.
Strangers danced together, complemented each other’s colorful outfits, and exchanged handmade bracelets and necklaces. Fans moved freely, caught up in the music, seemingly enjoying every beat drop.
Deorro’s set included many fan favorites like “All I Do is Win,” “Teach Me How to Dougie,” and “All the Way Up,” ending the night by playing his hit with Chris Brown, “Five More Hours.” His visuals on stage included Tina Belcher’s classic twerking dance from Bob’s Burgers and the strobing colors in Jellyfish Jam from Spongebob Squarepants
Dutch DJ Nicky Romero, who flew into Syracuse from Amsterdam, closed the event with his hour-and-a-half high energy set that ended the night with a bang. At its peak, Clinton Square was filled with an estimated 5,000 dancing fans plus an additional 1.8 million viewers watching the live stream on Zash Media’s app Lomotif.