What Went Down at the DayFusion IV Color Festival
Color Festival was one of the biggest festivals to go down this year. Like literally the biggest party with crowds in the excess of 4000+ turning up on the first day. Having held a successful Color Fest earlier in the year, Yehlah had to make a statement with this one. There weren’t major issues, but as always there are elements which can always be improved upon. Here is a breakdown of what went down; the highs and lows.
Day Fusion IV was accompanied by a very large and diverse line up this time. Headlined by California based Dj, Dj Green(who has dope sets which you should totally check out on the interwebs) and local deejays; Veezy, Kraft Klan, EchoE, RG Miles, Seanizzle, Dj Malkia and many more. There were many viewing areas as the event grounds were huge and gave attendees a lot of dance room which you can never get enough of at an event with such a huge turn up.
It was supposed to be an EDM themed event; well atleast according to the advertisement but house music received less than 50% airplay.
When it came to food, Day Fusion made sure that attendees had a variety to choose from by having different vendors from around town. There was no shortage of cuisine to satisfy any craving and the munchies that came from the dancing around and other activities.
Health and Safety
There were thorough pat downs at the entrance and a good number of security personnel around the event area ensuring nothing major occurred.
But having security from different companies can prove a hustle as some of them did not know how to handle the attendees, like the security guy with a Taser who was threatening to tase people (we don’t know if he made well of his threats).
There were Eco toilets and water was easily accessible from the many outlets around the festival area to ensure people didn’t get dehydrated.
There was also an active first aid team at the backstage that served attendees with any issue that required their attention
Eric Gitau’s Tribute
If you’ve been following Color Fest, you may have seen that they lost one of their ambassadors to a road accident about a month ago. There was a moment of silence for Eric and all the people who have transcended to the afterlife. Eric’s sister came on stage and said a few words as the people lit candles and flashlights in honor of the fallen soldier. Thanks to Dj EchoE for that Bass tribute you did. One love to Eric Gitau and the family you’ve left behind, forever in our minds bro.
There was a lot that Yehlah crew did to ensure that Festival- goers had the best of the event but there is always that room for improvement.
The main stage (only stage by the way) was lackluster in design but the lighting saved on that. Another thing, there were too many irrelevant people on the stage at any given moment. There was actually a time when the Dj (Kraft Klan) couldn’t play his set cause of the many “deejays” who wanted to drop a tune or two at the same time. Like I mean, there was a clear set time schedule released prior to the event. Respect the artists given time and let them showcase their skills.
Color Festival was scheduled to start at eleven but the crew was unprepared. The gates weren’t opened until 1pm and still the setup was incomplete. The barricades were not set up and the ones that were there were trampled on within a few minutes. Frazie Ramaz and Co. were supposed to open but they didn’t perform because of the delays. These delays eventually lead to shorter sets from the deejays when they weren’t all trying to perform at the same time. Nonetheless, we cannot forget to give credit to the incredible artists who did awesome sets; shouts to the main act; Dj Green; Seanizzle, Dj EchoE, RG Miles, Randy (S.B. F), Dj Malaikia, Chaluga Fusion and all other acts who got us dancing. Hope your sets will be available for download.
The event accepted people of all ages. Having this in mind, the organizers could have atleast had a control measure on how to take care of the under 18’s in the festival. Too many announcements were made during the show that at one point it became annoying. Like, people under the legal age of raving could have been given bands of different color so it could be easy for the security to handle their exit when darkness set in and leave the adults to do their thing.
The first thing I noticed when I arrived was the large number of people outside the event venue with the regular thugs not missing. Zero security outside the event grounds meant if you didn’t have a crew or didn’t make it through the long queues to the gate in time, there were chances of you getting jumped.
The other issue was too many phones got lost. I don’t put this on the organizers though. If you are going for a rave and you know you’ll be intoxicated, have your friend take care of your valuables or leave them in the car (there was safe parking inside the festival ground). Some people dropped their phones when dancing and they are busy blaming the organizers hitting on their Facebook page about insecurity. I mean, be an adult for a minute and take responsibility of YOUR irresponsibility.
There’s also rumor on the event page about a person who got stabbed. Too many people trying to get likes out there, overusing emoji’s and all that posting of how they heard about someone who got stabbed yet there is no confirmation of that from the police, organizers or family of the supposed victim. Take a minute; get your heads out of your assholes before posting shit tarnishing a rather successful event by Yehlah crew. People are even blaming Yehlah for the rain. I mean, no one has control over nature people.
Here is the audio that has people talking about a stabbing. Quick questions though, why can’t we hear fighting or noise in the background? Did you take a break from the fighting to record your “broadcast”? Why hasn’t a name come up about the victim. I mean,someone must have known him. Its two days now yet no official word. Stop with the madness please!
This is totally embarrassing; the event got shutdown at eleven freaking pm just as the main act was about to plug in his MacBook for his set, sike! Word from an insider is that there was a change in the police command and they didn’t receive the memo about the event being a 24 hour festival –too bad that the organizers forgot to bring the permit with them. Also, it could have really helped ease all the speculation as to why the event was shut down in the peak hour if one of the organizers or crew made an announcement instead of leaving people out there with no idea of what was going on.
Overlooking the few things that were off, over at EDM Kenya we can safely say this event was successful. A big shout out to Yehlah Crew for setting this up, Joann and team for making sure the many event cogs run effectively, David; the guy who helped that heavily intoxicated helpless girl, losing his phone in the process, salute dude – good karma will find its way to you and a special thanks to everyone who came and had a good time.
Check out some photos we managed to get from the web about the event.
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