With a name so nice, we had to attend twice. Thanks to Prime Social we were able to cover our second Breakaway Music Festival, as official media. We have so much gratitude to their organization for making both Breakaway Nashville and Breakaway Columbus happen and for presenting us with media access for both. It was so fun to go back to the city, where the WTV fam really kicked off, to be with all of the original artists- supporting them and enjoying the event with them. We are equally as grateful for the people we got to spend the event with, as we are for Breakaway Nashville itself. Our second festival as media is bookmarked, in our minds, by all of those that made it possible and the city where we started to take off.
Fair Park at the Fairgrounds housed the 2019 installment of Breakaway Nashville. The Fairgrounds venue was an all grass venue that gave Breakaway its own corner of the grounds. The drop off to the festival seemed a little convoluted but, with plenty of staff, we were able to orient ourselves toward the entrance. The little jaunt from the parking lot to the entrance felt so big. It is an open area surrounded by trees with a little bridge in the middle- like we were going to grandma’s house if granny was housing a rager. Once you went through security and ticket check, you turned the corner to the giant triangle of Breakaway Nashville. With one main stage, the setup had no problem establishing a focal point. The stage was planted in the back of the venue, and everything else grew in between that and the entrance/exit. Vendors shaped the venue by boxing the perimeter and then creating a path to VIP. Larger name alcohol and food vendors seemed to line the outside, while smaller/local operations seemed to run diagonally from the entrance to the VIP entrance. That line of vendors not only was the path to VIP, but also the dividing line between the mainstage area and the Silent Disco and small rap stage. This sectioning seemed to work well and allow a distinction to be made between the two listening experiences. The Silent Disco is where we spent a lot of time with WTV fam members, and unfortunately was not covered by a tent this year. We say, unfortunately, not because of the look (since the abstract cover was aesthetically pleasing), but rather because of practicality. Not tenting the Silent Disco actually caused it to be shut down on Friday because of rain, which left a lot of local artists missing out on their slots. Other than that execution though, the venue really was great otherwise. VIP was large and had its own covered bar, there were attractions like a tattoo parlor and roller rink, and options were pretty vast when it came to food and drink.
CVBZ: The first artist we saw, and the start of the rain. Even as the weather conditions worsened, the artist kept the vibe rising. He and his band brought a carefree mentality to the audience and brightened spirits with their music. Rain or shine, they were bringing a good time- and you could see it in the crowd.
Fisher: It was smooth sailing through this set, and the weather brought the water. Fisher has strong body energy on stage, which is the visualization of the set he procures. With the same base rhythms, nice builds and whacky sound clips bring the variations and peaks to his set. It is all so simple to enjoy and has you just vibing and grooving.
Achilles: The Silent Disco was back and the fam was up in there. This was the first set we saw in full and he was in full-form. He exudes confidence on stage and with that comfort comes the performance. He has great stage energy to match the heavy drops of his set harbors.
Emogee: We slipped over to the main stage for the bobble-head homies that played in between some Silent Disco sets. These two only make two faces, but they bring a set with a lot of sides. They have good pacing and variation, which holds the attention of any audience they play to.
STANKTNK: Back to the Silent Disco for another dose of disorienting dubstep. He played his entire set with a backpack on, so we assume that is where he continued to pull the well-blended set from.
Gibson Parker: A new addition to the fam that is versatile in many genres, so we were excited to see what he made happen. We were lucky enough to continue satisfying our heavy bass fix. Another dubstep set that brought bass to the face with all different flare.
Ekali: “A man with fashion creating energy at sunset” is the simplest form to describe this highlight set. Ekali brought a lot to the table and ensured that the crowd was having an amazing time with him. His golden hour was nothing below 24K.
Jack Ohle: We snuck in on the tail end and caught some more of the bass, which seemed to be associated with the Silent Disco. A great kid making great music flow.
DJ Leek x Reckless: Dressed to impress with energy to finesse. These two were two peas in a pod on stage and really seemed to be at home next to one another. They commanded attention and directed energy- no matter what they had coming through the red channel.
Zeds Dead: The duo crafted a very fluid set, which took listeners to all corners of electronic music. It brought a lot of genres to the ears of the masses, and they had a great visual show as well. The big-name DJs brought something to match to Breakaway Nashville.
Kaskade: We are not ones to compare, but this set rand supreme for any Kaskade set we had ever seen. The visuals and effects we so lively. The music he played really brought them to life even more and kept the crowd radiating energy. He had crazy high points and anytime he left one of them- he was sure to be building for the next. A really solid way to close the weekend.
Done Well & Needs Work
Variation, spacing, and attractions ring out as the weekends huge positives. There was always a good view, from VIP to GA. There was something always new to experience, even when it was pouring rain. There was a level of intimacy that gave a friendly vibe to the whole festival. All of that ties together to make Breakaway Nashville a smaller but worth-while festival experience. We hope to continue to see this, even as the festival grows in Tennessee.
Breakaway Nashville only has to improve on two things for next year, and we see no complaints. The Silent Disco is the most obvious. Not covering the stage and having headphones that are not weather-proof was a combination that spelled disaster- and played out that way on Friday. Covering the Silent Disco is a must, and we hope they now see why; for the sake of the DJs and the fans they bring out. Other than the weather-born predicament, we also saw some directional issues. By this we mean, the direction tents/stages were facing. We liked the small vendor set-up but felt if it faced toward the stage it would be more beneficial to the foot-traffic the vendors see. And then doing the opposite with the rap stage. If it were facing away from the stage and not into the Silent Disco, the sound pollution would have been minimized. These little tweaks would make finding ‘Needs Work’ way tougher, for next year.
Breakaway Nashville was another unforgettable experience for the WTV duo. We absolutley loved traveling for our first non-Ohio festival. Experiencing a new city, getting down with the Nashville fam members, and experiencing the ins and outs of another Breakaway Music Festival are the fruits of our labors. We have you (our readers), Prime Social Group, and the WTV fam to thank for making it all possible. We look to keep it coming and keep growing it all, with the goal to keep finding the vibe. Thank you.
Until next time.