5 Can’t Miss Acts at CRSSD Festival



  • When: October 1st – 2nd, Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway
  • Tickets: $100 (Saturday); $90 (Sunday); $165 (two-day pass); 21+

For those of us on the East Coast, the weather from this past weekend has been an unmistakable reminder that summer is, in fact, over. But for the lucky few who are flying out to CRSSD Festival, our fun in the sun will extend at least one more weekend. The 4th annual San Diego festival in Waterfront Park has become a favorite of house, deep, and tech music aficionados in recent years. Last year, CRSSD played host to the likes of underground legends Jamie Jones, Eric Prydz (as Cirez D), Seth Troxler, Pleasure State, Damian Lazarus, Maceo Plex, and many more. This year, lineup diversity is the name of the game. With 40+ acts booked ranging from Swedish electro-pop band Miike Snow to techno legend Dubfire to Australian tropical house pioneer Thomas Jack, CRSSD 2016 has something for everyone!

With so much to see and hear, tough lineup decisions are going to have to made. However, we’re here to help!

Here are our top 5 can’t-miss acts of CRSSD 2016!

1.  ZHU


Virtual unkown Zhu exploded onto the deep house scene overnight in 2014 with the release of his smash hit “Faded”. However his identity remained a mystery until his Neon City Tour this year, which sold out venues across the country. With this year’s release of his critically acclaimed new album GenerationWhy, Zhu has proven that he’s here to stay.

2.  Claptone


No discussion on mysterious deep house producers with unknown identities would be complete without mentioning the mythical shaman Claptone. The golden-masked German entertained thousands with 2015’s Immortal Live Tour, an innovative audio/visual performance featuring holograms, immersive visuals, and that signature sexy deep house we’ve come to know and love from Claptone.

3.  Dubfire

Photos by Pablo Bustos Photography

Iranian-American Dubfire has long sat at the pinnacle of the techno scene, and unlike most of his peers, has even won a Grammy. Once one half of the legendary duo Deep Dish, Dubfire’s live sets are always some of the most anticipated moments of any festival weekend.

4.  Destructo


The world is not enough for modern age renaissance man Gary Richards aka Destructo. When the HARDfather isn’t busy organizing some of the world’s best music festivals (e.g. HARD Summer, HARD Day of the Dead, Holy Ship!) from the helm of Hard Presents, he’s fusing the house music and hip hop genres together with incredible ease and creativity. Don’t miss Destructo b2b Busy P this weekend, it might just be the the best set of the weekend.

5.  Lee K

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Here’s a name you might not recognize on this list, but you certainly will after this weekend. Lee K and CRSSD share the same home in sunny San Diego, where she performs regularly as a resident and contributes massively to San Diego’s burgeoning underground scene. Lee did an excellent interview with us last year where she talks about CRSSD, San Diego, and sweet sweet techno. We highly encourage you to give it a read, and be sure to catch her set this weekend!

Check out our interview last year with CRSSD resident Lee K!

Ready for CRSSD.

There you have it, our inside guide to CRSSD fest. As always, be smart, be respectful and be about the music. Bring your tan, leave the attitude and be part of a first in San Diego’s music history. Above all, we wish Lee K and the other artists, organizers and festival-goers a musically nutritious and unforgettable weekend. See you at CRSSD.