The Wompapalooza festival is doing a sound check to get ready for this weekend.
Not sure what Wompapalooza is? It is a variety of electronic dance music. Check out, Daft Punk, Skrillex, or Deadmau5, Or a local spinner, DJ Wahdaye.
For it’s second year Wompapalooza is now currently run under the Detroit based production company Third Eye Horizon and has come back and is said to be bigger and better than the last and has now evolved into a 3 night camping endeavor, similar to Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo.
This year the festival kicks off today, May 10th, and runs through the 12thin Salt River Acres, Michigan. With over thirty performers lined up, many of which are Michigan artist, one Mount Pleasant DJ has just been added to the list. On stage he is DJ Wahdaye, but most know him as Wade Shields, a former Central Michigan University student.
Wade “DJ Wahdaye” Shields admits he is new to the electronic music scene and that this is his first year DJing. With many different genres such as dubstep, electronica, and house Wade says his style is mostly Electro-House. Even though he is a newcomer to the DJ scene, he already has a following. Jamie Durfee, a Grand Rapids native said “He’s DJed a couple of parties I’ve been too and a few times I literally thought the house was going to collapse from everyone getting into his music.”
Another fan of DJ Wahdaye is Amelia Eramya, who said “His personality as a DJ and as a person doesn’t differ in that he’s likeable and personable in both lights. However, I’m sure, as a DJ, his energy is exemplified by his audience’s reaction to his music. He’s a positive person and he’s always smiling.” From all the positive reactions, it is safe to say that we will be hearing a lot more from DJ Wahdaye and his Mount Pleasant following.
If you want to get a sneak peek of what you’ll hear from DJ Wahdaye, you can check him out. He will be performing at the Groove Academy stage on Friday May 11th (Today!). When he isn’t performing as DJ Wahdaye, Wade loves attending other music festivals in his free time.
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Shields advice is to bring, a tent, air mattress, camelback to stay hydrated, fanny pack, and the most important thing-a good attitude! Everyone attending is there for the same reason, to appreciate music, have fun, and meet new people.
Last year Wompapalooza had more than 1,000 people attend, and hopes to double that number with this year’s festival. If you are looking for something new and exciting to do this weekend, this is a great way to support local Michigan artist. Tickets range from $40-$120 depending on how many days you attend, or you can volunteer for a deposit of $50, and get the return deposit after your shift and enjoy the rest of the weekend for free! For more information you can visit their website http://www.wompapalooza.com/.