Playtime Festival 2013
Playtime 2013, Mongolia’s annual music festival for live music, took place this weekend at Hotel Mongolia’s Gachuurt recreation complex. Now in its 12th year, the festival continues to draw crowds with its diverse line-up of local and foreign bands.
Playtime Festival organizers ran a fairly smooth schedule of bands playing on two stages, improved food and beverage services, effective and civil security measures, and despite the weather, kept festival goers dancing at “The Beach” until 4:00 am.
The festival brings together a wide range of popular genres on its two stages. The “Mini” stage featured emerging local bands in the afternoon, and popular DJs in the evening. The “Main” stage was home to established bands from Mongolia, Russia and Japan. Singer-songwriters, indie rock, death metal, and straight rock bands played for two days, a total of 40 bands and 16 DJs.
This year’s festival was marked by stage lighting, audio and visuals that raise the bar for Mongolia’s outdoor festivals. Festival sponsor, Hi-Fi Records worked with Korean sound engineers to ensure that attendees could enjoy performances from all over the festival grounds, making an effort to keep the sound from the multiple stages from competing with one another.
Efforts were made to keep vodka off the premises, which some attendees believed created a safer environment for the family-friendly festival, and security patrolled the riverbank throughout the weekend to ensure safety.
Shuttle buses ran from the city center to Gachuurt, easing parking and traffic at the event site.
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