Euphoria Music and Camping Festival 2014: Review
This past weekend, April 25-26th, Euphoria Music and Camping Festival took over Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, Texas. The event was packed with DJs, live music performances, live paintings, workshops, delicious food, silent discos and everything in-between. Water for the America’s even teamed up with the event to provide free water for all the attendees – something you don’t often see at festivals. The music headliners of the festival included Zeds Dead, Lotus, Beats Antique, The Crystal Method, and many other amazing performers. For the first time, Euphoria attendees were able to camp on-site, which always makes for an incredible full-on festival-experience! The campers had access to late-night jam sessions usually lasting until 5am, and early morning yoga classes to get everyone awake and zen for the day. The folks behind Euphoria really outdid themselves this year. I must say this was one of the greatest and most diverse festivals I have attended so far.
Of course the main focus of a festival is always the music, and Euphoria is no exception. There was a large array of DJ’s as well as live bands, which made for a great mix of different fans. There were three stages – the main one was the Euphoria Stage, followed by the beautiful unEarth tent, and finally the Dragonfly Amphitheater, which was right on the water. Often the sets would overlap on various stages, so there was always something to see, music-wise. If the Euphoria stage was getting a little too dirty for you, you could always pop into the unEarth for some groovy tunes to get down to. Both nights had incredible, well-thought out lineups that really took the festival-goers on a musical journey through different genres and styles. Alongside the music there were always super talented visual artists feeding off the energy and creating beautiful art.
Speaking of art, have I mentioned the amazing art dome? Its official name is the Alloveus Art Gallery, curated by the ultra-talented Chance Roberts, and it was one of my favorite interactive experiences of the weekend. Within the dome there was art – everywhere! The dome itself is art, and it was hard not to spend all day looking at the gorgeous work or chatting with the artists. Most of the art was available for sale (originals and/or prints). It was awesome having a central location to experience and purchase the visual creations. Along with the art gallery, there was a multitude of other art installations, including a sweet geometric forest. The team of artists were so friendly and inviting, I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next time.
Another great experience was the meet-and-greet hosted by Sensible Reason with the members of The Motet. Fans entered to win the chance to hang out and chat one-on-one with the members, and it was a great success! We had a great time, and the guys were so friendly and down to earth. One of the band members even did a ‘kandi trade’ (see right) with one of the winners! We all had an awesome time meetin’ and greetin’ The Motet.
Before the festival, Sensible Reason’s Cameron Field had the awesome opportunity to interview legendary Scott Kirkland of The Crystal Method. As luck would have it, we were asked to photograph The Crystal Method’s meet and greet, and Cameron got a chance to meet Scott face-to-face. It was an awesome experience, and Scott had great things to say about the interview and the site. Check out the full interview here!
Another super fun experience at the festival was the Silent Disco. Attendees are given a pair of headphones that corresponded to a specific DJ – with usually 2-3 performing at a time. You are able switch between stations and decide which tunes you want to get down to. It’s awesome looking around and seeing everyone dancing to different beats at once. This was my first silent disco and it definitely will not be my last! A couple of the DJ’s posed with fans in the photo to the right.
Euphoria Music and Camping Festival 2014 is sure to go down in the books as one of the greatest festivals ever held in Texas. The mesh of genres really allowed different groups of people, who may not normally be at the same show or festival, to interact and appreciate each others style and taste. I believe festivals are such an amazing place for understanding, bonding and growth, and Euphoria certainly provided the grounds for all of those experiences. The team behind the scenes weas incredible – they did an amazing job putting on a fantastic show and providing attendees with a wonderful full-on festival experience. I have heard nothing but rave reviews for this years event and mine is the same. Thank you, Euphoria and thank you to all of those who attended that made this one of the most enjoyable festivals I have ever experienced.