Euphoria: A State of Intense Happiness & Excitement
Imagine a place where you can let go of your inhibitions; a place where everyone can dance without judgment and love without limits. Just outside of Austin, TX lies an open field known as Carson Creek Ranch. But for one weekend of the year (for the past five years) this place transforms from a vast expanse of open land into the whimsical Euphoria Music Festival.
Hosting a myriad of big-name producers and local musicians, Euphoria is a haven for the music seekers, art lovers and dream chasers who call this festival home. When you drive up to the grounds, it doesn’t look like much. Sitting on a dusty ranch with only the steel beams atop of main stage within view, it probably looks more like a small industrial complex to the first-time attendee, but once you enter the gates, you realize it’s potential and what a truly magical place it is.
Euphoria is a small to mid-size festival, but that’s also part of its appeal. It’s a welcome relief to not have to walk long distances for an excessive amount of time just to get to the stages. The camping areas are set up in such a way where even the furthest campers can reach the main venue after about ten minutes of walking. The closest campground to the venue was the RV/Glamping/ADA campsite which was right next to the festival entrance and had free, spacious showers and air conditioned bathrooms. The VIP camping was situated within general admission, but in a roped off area under trees providing shade to the campers. If you want a true VIP experience at Euphoria, consider their Glamping packages next year or roll down in an RV.
The music at Euphoria was nothing short of diverse. There was something there for everyone: jam bands, producers/DJs, hip-hop… you name it, they had it. The vast majority of attendees this year included the Bassnectar community, for obvious reasons. Lorin took over the entire festival Saturday night as he played an unopposed set, drawing the entire crowd to main stage to see him work his wizardry. He opened with “Colorstorm,” throwing us into the deep end and launching the audience like a rocket ship into his galaxy of ambient sounds and immersive bass beats. Emotional undertones in his music suck you into a world of pure bliss where nothing else matters except that moment in time, eliciting tears of joy from many bassheads that night; the ultimate reason why Nectar lovers flock from miles around to see the “King of the Sound.”
On Friday night, STS9 commanded main stage with their extraterrestrial tunes and perfectly synchronized light show. Opening with Modular and seamlessly transitioning into Evasive Maneuvers then back to Modular, leading into Kamuy>Rock It>Kamuy then Click Lang Echo, the emotions were overwhelming from the start and any seasoned Sound Tribe fan would recognize this as one of the best festival sets they have seen in a while. Tribe’s ebb and flow during their performance was nothing short of perfect and the transcendent energy remained consistent throughout their entire set, steadily ascending the audience into a state of pure elation.
Modular > Evasive Manuevers > Modular > Kamuy > Rockit > Kamuy, Click Lang Echo, Hidden Hand Hidden Fist, Luma Daylight, New Dawn, New Day, March, Moonsocket, To The World > Red Clay, Circus!, World Go Round, EHM
Other stellar sets that weekend included Griz, Lettuce, Space Jesus, Tycho, Nahko, The Polish Ambassador, Break Science, Twiddle, Above & Beyond, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and many more.
Being in a centralized and heavily populated location such as Austin, Euphoria must adhere to the city’s noise ordinance. Because of this, the music had to stop at a certain time (usually 1 a.m.) and everyone could either return to camp or venture over to the Silent Disco. This was one of the only after-hours activities Euphoria had, which was something to do, but it would have been nice to have a handful of other choices as well. Hopefully next year the festival will be able to come up with some new ideas as to what activities people can do after the music stops, since 1 a.m. is too early to quit for most festival goers.
Because of the nature of this festival’s lineup, it brings in a plethora of people from different backgrounds and musical tastes. From the hippie crowd to the kandi ravers, it is definitely a mixed populace of music lovers and adventure seekers. But whether you were a chill Lettuce fan or a raging Basshead, the vibes were right and everyone showed everyone else love because ultimately we all journeyed to Euphoria Music Festival for one shared passion — music.
Euphoria Music Festival Photo Gallery
Photo Credit: Kyle Cannarella