On 6, 7, 8 and 9 June the long-awaited second edition of Weather Festival took place in Paris and its surroundings.
Beginning with the opening at the prestigious Institute of the Arab World, with presentations of Timeline, Mount Kimbie, The Moritz Von Oswald Trio and Rouge Mécanique, this little event heated engines for what was an intense weekend.
The focus was mostly placed in the main event. Even though there are no confirmed figures it’s estimated to have attracted between 20 thousand and 30 thousand people. Le Bourget, an old airport that is now used for private flights only was the chosen setting. Its 25,000 m2 of concrete and industrial spirit go together perfectly with the staging of a festival of pure and plain techno which leaves no room for green spaces and soft melodies. Meanwhile the public was a bit more diverse, young and undemanding, being hopeful with this new proposal that fills a major gap in the Parisian electronic scene. The positive spirit and willingness was felt throughout the event until its last hours, where not even there things got ugly.
The festival was divided into 4 stages, Summer, Spring, Autumn and Winter. During the early hours of the festival under the rays of a summer sun Summer and Spring were the protagonists, where we could see a very house set from MCDE or a very funky one from Soundstream, who was presented Live. We could also see the superstar Ricardo Villalobos, who as opposed to what we could read in other reviews, made a set with countless fuck-ups and mixing problems, which is becoming a habit in his presentations.
The main problem was Autumn, which held the stage headliners Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Marcel Fengler and Rodhad, among others. A saturated sound where we could only hear the bass eclipsed the sets of these artists, making a poor sound experience. The essential requirement of techno is a perfect sound system that festival organizers failed to provide.
Our favourite scenario was Winter, which made up for the failed Autumn with a very good sound, stunning visual displays and a powerful set of Adam Beyer, a classic one from Chris Liebing and furious set from Len Faki, who finished the night with style.
From there we went to one of the best moments of the night, or day, and let us delight with Margaret Dygas successful set, who did not let her audience run away despite the rain.
The Closing was held throughout the day of Monday 9 of June, a bank holiday in France, at the Seguin Island. More intimate and with the special touch of dancing during the day, this part of the festival was dedicated to a less hardcore audience, proposing for example the collective Juste Debout, organizers of one of the biggest house and hip hop dance competitions; and closing the day and the whole festival itself with one of the most magical moments, where event organizers shared the stage with Detroit supergroup 3CHAIRS, formed by Theo Parrish, Rick Wilhite and Moodymann.
As a general balance then we can say that despite the logic immaturity of the organization the Weather Festival took a big jump from the first edition to the second, managing to satisfy its audience and putting on the map a festival that promises to be placed as a Parisians’ favourite.