Another brief recap. This time, Day 2 at the Hudson Project. It was hot. It rained. And it was awesome.

Currently Kendrick Lamar is slaying “Swimming Pools (Drank)” on the Empire Stage and Conspirator is wrapping up their melting set in the Circus Tent.

The day started off a bit heady, with sets from Tumbleweed Wanderers and Twiddle jamming in the Circus Tent. ZZ Ward is just a straight up knock out, who is also great on stage, and Exmag gave the Circus Tent a chance to groove to his down tempo funky stuff before Flatbush Zombies brought their high energy raw hip hop and livened up the crowd a bit.

Luminox @ Circus Tent - Hudson Project

Luminox @ Circus Tent – Hudson Project

The sun was just starting to go down when Luminox played one of the livest sets of the weekend in, you guessed it, the Circus Tent. Bonobo and Kap Slap kept the vibes going before Big Gigantic played to one of the biggest audiences of the weekend. That is… until it started to straight downpour on the already sweaty and muddy mob. Not that it mattered. Everyone stayed and just raged harder. Big Gigantic rewarded those who stuck it out by closing their set with an unreleased track potentially titled “Get Down” which, according to Dom, they had never played before.

Bonobo @ Explorer Stage - Hudson Project

Bonobo @ Explorer Stage – Hudson Project

Big Gigantic @ Empire Stage - Hudson Project

Big Gigantic @ Empire Stage – Hudson Project

The Big Gigantic duo set the perfect tone for the next dancing duet, Matt & Kim. No one throws a better party than Matt & Kim. They perform the perfect mix of their own hits, rarities, covers, along with a mini-dj hit of today’s top dance hits, dropping Lil’ John and Flosstradamus on us.

Hudson Project Music Festival

Hudson Project Music Festival

As the set wound down, Matt announced the next song would be an ode to the rain ending and the two played a beautiful rendition of “Daylight.” Just as the song was coming to an end, wouldn’t you know, directly behind the crowd, the moon broke through the clouds. The fun was just beginning.

That pretty much brings us to now. By the time you read this, Griz will have brought the funk hard, and Moby and Four Tet will have closed out the second day.

Aside from the spectacular performances, 50+ festival-goers were arrested by mid-day today according to local news reports. Multiple medical issues were reported yesterday, none too severe. Festival organizers did end up laying down mulch to absorb the water and mud laying around a couple problem areas. However, the two biggest problem areas, Catskill Cave and the Circus Tent, were left unattended. Port-a-potties in the camp ground were overflowing and probably some of the grossest I’ve seen at any festival or event. And that was before the morning rush.

Altho, the vibes here at the festival are still out of this world and the last day looks to be no different. Stay tuned for updates and a full festival recap to come.

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