This past weekend we had the pleasure to attend Envisioned Arts’ ATL event “Sermon ATL” at Georgia Freight Depot. Sermon ATL was an all-night bass music gathering displaying some of the highest talents in weird experimental bass music. Sermon ATL proved to be a revolutionary event for expression and creativity in our increasingly growing underground music scene in the South East. The attention to detail was spectacular as Envisioned Arts ATL brought out everything that a bass music fan craves for.
The venue was nothing short of perfect, giving an old school warehouse feel that fit the late-night show theme. We hope to attend more shows at this venue as we feel it is a hidden gem within Atlanta for electronic music shows. The venue was transformed into an artistic wonderland featuring multiple different aspects to immerse the attendee. The concert was hosted in a long brick room filled with a MASSIVE Hennessey Sound Design rig that absolutely shook the place to the core. This incredibly impressive sound system left the windows literally flexing as the intense sound waves carried throughout the audience. Also featured in the concert room were lively projected art installations, live painters, and full stage production. It was easy to see that Envisioned Arts ATL really wanted to create a vibe that is not found at a typical show.
Now if anyone was like us they were worried about being able to party the night away without a break. Envisioned Arts ATL were sure to take this into account hosting a “relaxation room” where you were able to take a breather. Vendors were selling their unique art such as prints and custom jewelry. A food truck was outside to keep the late night munchies at peace. Harmonia setup a decompression den with pillows and blankets to make you as comfortable as possible when gathering one’s mind from the mayhem inside. Also, one thing we really appreciated was Dancesafe’s presence to inform attendees on safety and proper self-care when enjoying their night. They had water and snacks all around this “relaxation room” in order to keep everyone as comfortable as possible during their long adventure through the night. We and everyone who attended greatly appreciated this necessary step that was put in place for an all-night event such as Sermon ATL.
As incredible as the production and planning for the event was, what really shined obviously were the musical performances. With a lineup boasting artists such as Yheti, Esseks, Digital Ethos, Little Snake, VCTRE, and a late night SLUG WIFE TAKEOVER including Kursa, Seppa, Broken Note, and K.L.O we already knew the caliber of talent we were about to witness. It was clear that the artists really were feeling the vibe of Sermon. Delivering such a variety of experimental bass music so fluently it felt as if everyone in the building was at a higher wavelength together. Each set having its own flair to the next, the night really seemed to fly by. Overall, each artist brought their best and created an unforgettable night of music for everyone there.
We absolutely loved Sermon ATL and hope to see more events like this pop up around the country. Major shout out to all artists and crew involved in the making of this event including Envisioned Arts ATL, Speakeasy Promotions, Zero Mile Presents, Native Groove, Aisle 5, and Sermon! Special thanks to Ashtro J photography for being our eyes for the night. You can find links to everyone below including our full photography album.