S2O lives up to its reputation of wettest festival in the world.
S2O is an annual water festival held in Bangkok during Songkran, Thailand’s most famous festival. In previous years, S2O has only been held in Thailand, expanding to Japan for the first time in 2018. This year, S2O extended further to Taiwan and boy was it a party!
The two day festival held in Taipei’s Dajia Park packed in massive amounts of water, and a whole lot of EDM! High powered water guns blasted the audience from every angle and just when the water started to feel a little cool, pyrotechnic flames would appear from the front of the stage providing the most epic sense of warmth you could imagine. Alongside Taipei’s hot, humid summer, the combination of water, sun and flame was perfectly balanced.
Day one kicked off with Cream, Singapore DJ duo Rave Republic, and Rave Radio all serving up energetic beats before Soda Vs RayRay had the crowd pumping with what may have been the funnest set, filled with dance moves and a guest appearance from vocalist Julia Wu. Transitioning into the evening, Borgeous and TJR delivered hard hitting beats before Aussie headliners Knife Party came to deliver their signature drum and bass sound.
VIP holders got a great view from side of stage, whilst VVIP’ers were situated directly in front of the stage behind the main audience area. Aside from their prime viewing position and comfortable couches, they got the added delight of aiming and shooting water at festival goers from their own water gun. Goggles and swimwear were the only appropriate attire, though other forward thinking festival goers donned yoga pants, river crossing shoes and of course, the official S2O rubber shoes.
In keeping with the Thai theme, a row Thai food stalls lined the festival, with hot chips and pizza also on offer. A Muay Thai area offered guests a 40 second punching challenge and even the chance to spar with a professional trainer.
Day two saw another day of brilliant DJ sets from world class performers. Casper Yu kicked things off at 2pm, before Mike Perry had the audience singing along and vibing out to great tunes. Vicetone and Tujamo kept the party going into Taipei’s glorious long summer days. With the crowd cheering as both the water and beats dropped hard, the excitement was everywhere, every face around me was smiling from ear to ear!
Ookay and Vinai brought in the evening before headliners Yellow Claw jumped on stage and had the crowd going absolutely wild with their new Galantis collaboration.
As night rolled around on both days, the light show became spectacularly beautiful. The stage design was beautifully intricate to begin with, but the water blasting over the LED lights created a wonderfully magical and surreal feeling.
Photo Credit: S20 Taiwan 2019, FestGround