The last weekend of February saw the inaugural Hidden Festival go down in Brisbane and it was one for the books. The CK team reached ultimate baller status and kicked it with Wifisfuneral and JID backstage as well as riding on the buggies from set to set. The vibe backstage was dope with JID, WIFI & Yatchy all hanging out and having fun with the crew before taking to the stage.
The UK bass house act was warmly welcomed by the Brisbane crowd, with their set featuring dope lights and visuals. The guys kept the crowd entertained by talking smack and got the vibe nice and high.
Although he was a late addition to the festival, Wifisfuneral was loved by the crowd. Starting with 'Aw Shit' which went off, his set would cut the backing track and go acapella for minutes on end whilst keeping everyone hyped. He did a huge XXX tribute which went crazy, considering many fans were there expecting to see the late rapper's friend Ski Mask. He was visibly touched by the Brisbane response to XXXTentacion.
JID took to the stage just as the sun was setting, with cylcone Oma setting a cloudy backdrop. As the crowd was waiting for JID to take to the stage, the vibe felt like the calm before the storm. JID has a really dope and smooth flow, not reliant on backing to sing properly. He proved his talent with every song, including '151 Rum', 'Off Deez' that went really hard, giving hate to people who were sitting down during his tracks. We gotta admit it - that's fair.
Troyboi tore it up by bringing new and old deep bass house classics. The crowd was going wild for every track and he brought a tonne of energy, performing even with a broken leg (which happened by falling off a lime scooter in New Zealand).
Of course, Lil Yachty was insane. There was mad hype with everyone screaming lil boat and ‘miles’. He handed out at least 1000 water bottles and proceeded to turn Hidden into a waterfight as 'Mase in 97' dropped. '66', 'Ice Tray', 'BOOM', 'Broccoli' and 'iSpy' were lit af.
Kayzo was dope’ and smashed it. Everyone was lit and it was a great transition from Yachty back to house music. Kayzo really set the mood for all the partygoers heading out to the AfterParty or the Valley after what was a hell of a festival.
All in all the festival was insane and we can't wait to head back next year!
Images by Ace Arroyo @acecubes And Josh Pulford @josh_pulford