EVENT REVIEW – Forbidden Kingdom 2020
Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival took place on Saturday, February 15, 2020, through Sunday, February 16, 2020. Sunset Cove in Boca Raton, Florida, welcomed some of the biggest bass heavyweights in the industry along with thousands of enthusiastic headbangers. The Kandies World team had the opportunity to be part of the highly anticipated sophomore edition. We absolutely can’t wait to share what went down – so, let’s get to it!
Following last year’s successful inaugural edition, the hardworking organizers were ready to take things up a notch! They curated a lineup that was practically double in size compared to the first edition and managed to book some of the greatest bass DJs of our time. When we first caught wind of the billed artists, we couldn’t contain our excitement and shared in the festival’s followers undeniable appreciation!
Standout performances included Excision’s acclaimed Detox Set which continued to meet the promise to push creative boundaries and step away from the standard high energy vibe that he’s known to deliver. In addition, SVDDEN DEATH surprised fans by unleashing a bass house-heavy set, resulting in an unexpected twist to the norm! Furthermore, Spag Heddy impressed by playing most of the tracks from his hit Armageddy EP.
There’s no question that every artist brought something to the table that was specific to their DJ personas; however, REZZ’s mesmerizing visual effects alongside her distinct sound are always a crowd favorite! We certainly needed a neck brace after witnessing performances by the rest of the equally talented producers, including legends like 12th Planet, Sullivan King, Ganja White Night, Bear Grillz, Liquid Stranger and that’s just to name a few!
Despite the overflow of talent within the lineup, there was one artist that truly stole our heart over the weekend, Al Ross. Unfortunately, Bommer was no longer able to attend the festival. Although some fans were disappointed the duo wouldn’t be going back to back, Al Ross stepped up to unleash a killer solo set!
We even had the opportunity to catch up with the producer for a chat. To say that he was down to earth would be putting it lightly. We discovered his love of kandi – so much so, he was wearing some traded by his fans while performing. He also shared his admiration for our company and what we do for the dance music community. He expressed his hopes to see us at more events in the future. It was an interaction we’ll never forget!
It was our first time taking part in the event during the sophomore edition of the festival. Honestly, we didn’t quite know what to expect – we went in with an open mind, as we always do. From the moment we walked in, we were completely taken back by the jaw-dropping attention to detail. It felt like we had taken a time machine back to medieval times – but instead of nobles, peasants and tradesmen, there were headbangers frolicking the grounds. It was a magical combination!
Every stage had something special to offer, from a visual and production perspective. However, there was one stage that stood out from the rest – it featured a massive inflatable dragon crouched on top of it! The captivating creature not only tied in the theme, but it also made for an epic backdrop for festival-goers during the weekend. We took some time to snap some photos of fellow ravers posing in front of the dragon – check ’em out below! As the event progressed, we were astonished to see that the dragon’s eyes and mouth lit up, and it also breathed smoke!
This truly fascinating stage design really added to the overall feel of the event! It instantly got everyone hyped to discover what else the festival had to offer. With the excitement flowing through the air, we continued to explore the grounds. We came across some seriously amazing costumes, many with intricate perlers and kandi cuffs. Like many bass festivals, pashminas were everywhere! There was even a vendor that was selling them