Although “amazing” is a cliche way to describe an experience, Day for Night was nothing short of that. Between the plethora of Houston’s factory warehouses, DFN was tucked away as a little secret for those taking part. We did not know quite what to expect with it being a winter festival in Houston. The festival was completely carpeted around the mainstage to keep it insulated, but also added personality to the festival. The carpet itself could speak as to the type of people this festival attracted- spunky, hip. weird, cultural.
The stages were color coded for the status of artists playing them- red for the headliners, green for the inbetween, and blue for the more local and grassroots-stage artists. Nestled in every nook and cranny, you would find warehouses full of digital art installations. Many of the installations even combined the use of art and sound to create an experience like nothing seen before. These extraordinary visuals also backed many artists during their sets.
Favorite performances included Dillon Francis and Kendrick Lamar. They brought a surplus of energy and really got the crowd going! Dillon Francis was just as amazing live as in his tracks and mixes. His hilarious visuals added to the performance personality that we would expect from hi. Kendrick Lamar… he was a whole other story. He invited fans onstage to rap both “Corporate Dough” and his iconic “M.A.A.D City” to rap alongside him. It took several tries to finally find someone who know all the words but the process was definitely humorous.
For a first year festival, it did well. The experience was cool but the problem seemed to be getting the people out there. Even for headlining sets, the festival only drew a few thousand. With the Texas festival market have quite a full schedule, DFN still chose to start. With more promotion and a few more well-known headliners, we could expect the greatness it has the potential to achieve. The festival as a whole was nothing short of a successful first run.
photos by Dylan Villareal- fully copyrighted.