Opening the set with the latter, the dynamic duo prompted the crowd to grow seemingly threefold, in similar fashion to their record-breaking Coachella performance in the Sahara tent which drew nearly 30,000 spectators in the early afternoon.
Earlier in the day, backstage proved to be a full circle moment for SNBRN (real name Kevin Chapman), who shared a proud moment with his dad (and crowd favorite) getting to meet Kaskade himself.
The trio posed for a photo before Chapman's dad adorably commented, "You don't understand -- I've been a fan of his for forever." Later, Gryffin ushered in his signature daydream vibes dropping melodic gems such as his co-production "Feel Good" with Illenium featuring Daya, his Josef Salvat collaboration "Heading Home" and an infectiously laid remix of Years & Years' festival favorite "Desire." As the sun dropped, the atmosphere heightened with anticipation for Kaskade's three-hour set, and the undisputed king of Southern California's dance circuit proved why his over two decades of anthemic hit-making have resonated with so many fans of all ages, races, cultures and personalities.
Rumors of maybe growing the festival to two days in the future were even overheard but not confirmed.
Just like the feels-triggering elements of Ryan's sentimental cuts, the unified gathering was a testament to both the producer and dance scene's decades-long ability to impact the lives of all who encounter it.