Area Festivals Revisited
by Dan Weiss | July 13, 2013
The two editions of Moby's Area festival, in 2001 and 2002, played out exactly the way one would expect, with a mélange of legendary DJs of the house and trance variety on a cultural victory lap (Carl Cox, Digweed, Oakenfold) alongside popular weirdos (Nelly Furtado, Incubus) and some fantastic rappers (The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Outkast). Nods at rock (Ash) and drum 'n' bass (Dieselboy) kept things well rounded, while David Bowie -- the original shapeshifter himself and Moby's idol -- headlined the sophomore and final year. It's a perfect cross-section of early 2000s pop trends and great music, and a telling precursor to EDM's grand-scale takeover of summer arenas.