New Fort Worth EDM Fest Ubbi Dubbi Proved Itself A Welcome Addition To The North Texas Festival Landscape Throughout Its Debut Run This Weekend.
This weekend at Fort Worth’s Panther Island Pavilion , first-time ravers and scene veterans alike gathered to usher in a new EDM festival offering from the electronic music promotions giant Donnie Disco Presents called the Ubbi Dubbi Festival.
Besides the big-name acts on the two-day festival bill — a roster that included such names as Galantis, Illenium, Bear Grillz, NGHTMRE, Boombox Cartel, Keys N Krates and many more — the festival provided myriad visual stimulants for the local and traveling attendees of this debut event. Festival mascots Ubbi and Dubbi roamed the grounds on stilts, willow-styled LED trees provided stellar selfie backdrops and a disco ball that shot flames into the sky served as the outdoor grounds’ centerpiece.
But while Ubbi Dubbi offered some new and original experiences for ravers, it was the following elements that really made the weekend-long offering pop.
If you didn’t see a pineapple at Ubbi Dubbi 2019, you must’ve had your eyes closed the entire time. They were all over the festival grounds be it through pineapple-theme paraphernalia or people lugging actual pineapples from one spot of the fest to another. A symbol of the EDM community’s ongoing promotion of PLUR (peace, love, unity and respect), these fruits were welcome additions to the rest of the many eye-grabbing elements at the fest.
“LET ME SEE YOU BREAK YOUR NECK!”
More than just a recurring rallying cry heard shouted by the producers and DJs on stage all weekend long, this popular phrase turned out to be a little more prescient than we perhaps initially expected. Seriously: We’ve been popping all kinds of Tylenol this week because our heads still hurt from all the constant bangers — not just from the main stage performers and headliners, but also from the up-and-coming acts performing in the festival’s “Zoom Room” area, which has left us scouring up new material on Spotify for a good 72 hours now.
Undeterred Party People.
As it did with the concurrent Fortress Fest taking place a little ways down the road, a flash Saturday night thunderstorm tried its best to rain on Ubbi Dubbi’s parade — but to no avail. Granted, the weather did cut short headliner offerings from Zeds Dead and Galantis, who only got to perform about half of their scheduled sets as attendees were evacuated off of the grounds for their own safety. But the good news is that the party raged on come Sunday and the vibes picked up right where they’d left off by the time Sunday’s offerings kicked in — and with some perfect weather to close things out and make up for the lost time, thankfully.
PLUR Is For Real.
OK, so, maybe this is old hat when it comes to events like this, but it was tough not to be impressed with how welcoming and friendly all of Ubbi Dubbi’s attendees seemed to be over the course of the weekend. Newbies learned proper kandi exchange etiquette from their elders, and expert shufflers grouped together to dance their asses off while making sure to walk curious onlookers through the steps if it seemed like they wanted to join in on the action. For a first-time event, it was rather remarkable how ingrained into EDM culture Ubbi Dubbi felt on Saturday and Sunday alike.
Here’s looking forward to Year Two in 2020!