For two exciting days and nights, Splash House festival crashed three exclusive Palm Springs pool party venues. There was no need for the sun to bring the heat; all you needed was some 44 artists who made the mercury rise. From indie rock bands to colorful DJs, the music set the tone for the next 48 hours of hysteria.
Surfer bros, Bohemian hipsters and chic glamazons brought an assortment of rave gear including swim floaties, pool noodles and inflatable rafts. If people weren't dancing next to the stage, they were getting their groove on while swimming in the massive pool. As temperatures rose, the event became an inferno of people enjoying the sunshine, blowing bubbles at one another and squirting each other with water guns to cool down.
The Saguaro Hotel, one of the three pool party venues, featured the self-proclaimed, "summertime all the time," tropi-cool house DJ, Viceroy, who performed late afternoon. With the release of his single, “Dream of Bombay” in 2013 and his remix of Montell Jordan's “This Is How We Do It”, Viceroy perfectly fit in with the ambiance of the festival.
"I played last year which was their inaugural year,” Viceroy said. “It was one of my favorite shows I've ever played- pool party vibes, gorgeous weather, tons of homies, and babes galore made that weekend amazing."
He eagerly said, "When I was asked again to play this year, I immediately hopped on board."
While Viceroy was throwing down at Saguaro, Anna Lunoe, an upcoming indie club artist, commanded the stage at the Hard Rock Hotel. Her track, “All Out,” has been making waves in the electronic dance music scene and is the first single from her forthcoming EP on Ultra Records.
"I love the crazy energy at Splash House,” Lunoe said, adding emphatically, “this is no poesy pool party made up of good-looking people standing around looking cool - it’s people going absolutely nuts!”
She added: "I also love that there is also an amazing crew my friends cutting loose. We all work in clubs and festivals but that is the festival where everyone stays and cuts loose at."
As the night progressed, guests flocked from the pool to the main stage to get as close as possible for the No. 1 headliner of the festival, Australian electronic band Cut Copy. The band features Tim Hoey (guitars), Ben Browning (bass guitar) and Mitchell Scott (drums). After the success of their first album, "In Ghost Colours," Cut Copy came roaring back in 2013 with the their new album, “Free Your Mind.” Fans went wild when Cut Copy forged ahead with its signature tracks, “Light & Music” and “Hearts on Fire.”
The sun-and-sweat drenched crowd left the event steaming with enthusiasm.