The RHA Festival, held at La Cruz Marina on the weekend of June 30 and July 1, was the first international electronic music festival in what this author hopes will become an annual event.
Headlining DJs came from around the world to play for the attendees of the festival, including Dimitri from Paris, Green Velvet, Jay Tripwire, and others. The two-day event featured a line-up of continual house and techno music with DJs performing on a stage with the beach and the bay in the background, never letting us forget that we were still in paradise.
Music flowed seamlessly from artist to artist with little fanfare or breaks in the music that allow someone to ramble on for a while. It was all about the music, and that was fine by us. Dimitri from Paris played a mid-afternoon set on Sunday, and he impressed the crowd with his unique blend of French sexiness and disco-infused house music that built the momentum of the party.
Closing the party on Sunday was Green Velvet, whose set included live versions of La La Land and Flash. Cameras ready, prepare to flash. His set drove those on the dance-floor into a frenzy of sweaty bodies bouncing and grooving to the tech-house beat that propelled them like a freight train, and the music went well into the night. By the time we left at 2am he was still playing, and there were still hundreds on the dance-floor embracing the vibe and the music.
RHA was thoughtfully and expertly put together: from the sound-system to the projections, the food court, and the chill-out areas – it was a world-class event that is welcome back to our slice of paradise to dazzle us again with another successful music festival.