Remember that moment when you discovered that your favourite artist is actually a huge dick in real life, and it became significantly more difficult to listen to his/her music? Imagine the opposite.
We arrive at BC Place, 5pm (to catch Vanic's set) and discover that we only have one Artist Access Pass for 2 people. Not good. We spend the next 2 hours trying to sort this - eventually we give up as we need to make it to the Fvded stage for 7pm to catch NGHTMRE. At this point we're (unsuccessfully) reminding ourselves over a beer that this is a cool experience, even without AA.
We make our way to the Fvded stage, and discover that we can actually chill side stage with our Media Access. Cool. We catch Tyler's set (killed it) from there, and watch the crowd absolutely lose their minds (see below) to his latest and greatest. After he's done we formally introduce ourselves.
We then witness Slander, then Snails absolutely destroy the audience in NGHTMRE fashion. The night is getting better... then Tyler invites us back to his dressing room for some drinks. Honestly, this guy was a straight up class act. Talking about one of his biggest releases of 2015, "STREET" Tyler explains that he more or less stumbled onto the sound when trying to create something unique. Hmm, can you say that you've created something brand new, that 1.5 million people then supported? Neither can we.
A couple beers and shots later, we head to the main stage to catch the end of DJ Snake's set. Maybe the highlight of the night for us was witnessing NGHTMRE, Slander, and crew react when Snake played NGHTMRE's Lighter's Up. They were noticeably pumped for Tyler. The camaraderie between these guys is pretty f#cking cool.
What an absolute honour, to kick it with Tyler for the evening... and then he brings us to DJ Snake's / The Whitecaps dressing room to hang out (drinks again) with NGHTMRE, Slander, Tchami, JAUZ, and DJ Snake, and listen in on their discussion of the future of music. For the record, these are intelligent dudes.
NGHTMRE is part of a movement. There is no denying it - the fans, the producers, the promoters (well, the good ones) they all know - these guys are the future. It always takes the dinosaurs a few years to catch up, but watching the crowd repeatedly lose their minds to NGHTMRE's records - this guy is going places.