The fourth annual Electric Island Festival in Guam saw the festival expand from one day to two for the first time ever and also saw it relocate to much larger grounds at the Guam International Raceway. It took place on Friday June 24th to Saturday June 25th.
It expanded its line-up too, showcasing top international talent from Asia, Europe, the United States and of course Guam, with electronic music spanning a multitude of genres. It also saw the return of the much-revered WOMB Tokyo stage.
It was clear that 2016 was Electric Island Festival's biggest year to date and saw Guam come into its own as a destination for music tourism after drawing thousands from within the island and beyond. The focus was not just on music this year but also on experience, which is clear from the stunning photography, with highlight performances by crowd-rocking favorite Donald Glaude as well as the ever-energetic DJ Cookie from Taiwan, one of Asia's most sought-after female acts in the touring circuit. Over on the underground stages, it was veteran Trent Cantrelle’s turn to represent the United States with a beautiful set that blended house and techno to perfection, while all the way over from Italy, Dusty Kid laid down the exact kind of performance that has made his name into a household one amongst the underground music community. Other notable international acts included the notable Shinichi Osawa from Japan and Japanese D’n’B king DJ Aki, Drunken Kong and Zelazowski. Guam was also well represented by local favorites DJ J-Pogi and Supagi (Redbull 3Style finalist), whose back-to-back set had the crowd in a frenzy from beginning to end and drew some of the best response from the weekend.
Electric Island Festival proved that Guam's love for electronic music is alive and strong, at the same time cementing the island's place in the Asia-Pacific region as a hot destination for music tourism. Also considering the island’s idyllic location in the Pacific Ocean and close enough proximity to almost anywhere in Asia, pack your bags and see you next year.
Photography courtesy of Skinny