Lorin Ashton, better known by his stage name Bassnectar, has been supplying electronic music lovers an experience unlike anything on the market today for over two decades. With that being said, it was only fitting for the icon to hold his own festival, Bass Center, as a holy ground for bass-heads to come together and retreat to a venue formulated around ‘their’ music. Equipped with food trucks, vendors, and camping, the festival’s turnout and aftermath are now unfortunately being shadowed by the reaction of nearby residents.
With an apparent “sonic boom” felt a total 5 miles from the festival, residents sent complaints to the town’s City Council. One in particular, Joe Quillin, complained the sound was so extreme he mistook it for an earthquake. Another, Scott Wilson, reported, “We have to be neighbors and friendly neighbors. This was not a friendly event,” said Wilson.
Sean Ford, Commerce City Mayor, acknowledged he didn’t research Bassnectar’s sound before the event, but continues to defend it for staying within the contracted sound limitations.
Taking place in Commerce City, Colorado, at Dick’s Sporting Good Park, the 48 hour festival included the likes of Flux Pavilion, Wu-Tang Clan, Porter Robinson, and Flying Lotus.
Check CBS Denver’s recap video of the incident below.