NorCal – Give Thanks Festival 2019

by | Dec 15, 2019 | EVENTS, REVIEWS

The annual return of Give Thanks Festival brought the heat this year!

Midnite Events went big for its 14th edition with a 2-day sold out event at the Cal Expo, bringing the vibes of a classic warehouse massive to a new home in Sacramento after years in the Bay Area.  And to no surprise, the line up for both days was curated perfectly, making it the best festival to close out 2019 in Northern California.

Day one started with the one and only Lil’ Texas, getting things started with his all American Hardcore set that was ‘in your face’ from start to finish. To follow, Los Angeles natives Svdden Death and Getter had the entire venue head banging, proving the west coast bass scene is alive and thriving. Next up, GTA brought a bunch of new music for their set that had the signature high energy that the duo is known for. Possibly the best performance of the night came from the unlikely B2B from Ghastly and Joyryde, as they paired up for their first ever GHOSTRYDER set. Also let’s not forget about the guest appearance from Sriracha Man, which you can see here. To close out the night on a high note, Give Thanks alumni artist Kayzo delivered a mixed performance of dubstep and hardstyle to encapsulate all the sounds of night one.

Day two came back with a vengeance as Hollows, Devault and Shaun Frank brought the crowd early with their first time appearances in the Sacramento area. While it’s hard to say who had the best supporting performance of the night, the legendary Morgan Page, Manila Killa, and 3lau all had heartfelt sets that kept everyone dancing until the night’s main headliner. Finally to close out the night, Kaskade played an iconic 90 minute set that was a mix of nostalgic classics along with new hits like On Your Mind. The sold out arena of thousands of fans stayed til the very end of the show to see Kaskade for his first appearance in Sacramento since two years.

It’s safe to say that Give Thanks Festival 2019 was the biggest in the event’s history with its new location, larger venue, and extended hours which seems likely to be a new staple in the Sacramento music scene.

We’ll be anxiously waiting for the announcement of Give Thanks Festival 2020, which no doubt will only raise the bar higher for warehouse massives in Northern California.

-Tyler James