Photo Recap: Uphoria
Upon finding out that I would be attending Uphoria at Kaplan Farm in Millerton, New York I was excited – the lineup was stacked, all promotions for the festival built it up and in talking to the founder, Deej, just two days before, I could hear his enthusiasm bursting through the phone.
Well, all the excitement wasn’t unfounded – I can say I did experience “uphoria” most of the weekend. Arriving to the farm we actually drove by it at first (following our trusty GPS…) but could see from the road a wildly colorfully painted barn, a little tent village, and people stirring all about, “that has to be it,” my boyfriend Will said, so we turned around and sure enough it was. Once inside, we instantly felt at home – familiar faces were all around and anyone we didn’t know was overwhelmingly friendly, helping us set up our campsite, and sharing our excitement over the lineup and events that were about to unfold.
Crutopia did an amazing job of cultivating a lineup that not only represented the musical talent of the Northeast but also brought in artists who were friends of each other, and most were known for being proactive pushers of the music scene beyond just playing shows. The people and the artists, musical and visual, made this weekend special, it was the type of festival where once an artist performed they didn’t hit the road or hide backstage, and they stayed and supported each other, hung out with friends and enjoyed the festival for what it was.
On top of the feeling of community, the weather was absolutely stunning (four days of 70-75 degree sunny skies) and the support and integration of visual arts was spectacular. The grounds were meticulously decorated, with careful attention to the stage design and keeping to the Mayan 2012 theme. There was an outdoor mainstage and two stages inside the barn as well as a DJ booth and art lounge. All of the stages featured beautiful dreamcatchers, streamers, glowing pieces and palettes (including a 35 foot Mayan temple backdrop) for amazing visual projections.
Overall the weekend was amazing – the music on point (stay tuned for video and recaps of the best sets), the support for the arts was inspiring and most importantly the feeling of community made it a positive and relaxing experience.
Stay tuned to Sensible Reason for upcoming interviews with artists who played Uphoria.