Festival Review: Blurred Lines at Suspended in a Sunbeam
Many of us expected last week’s scaled down Suspended in a Sunbeam to be the warm-up festival of the West Coast season, getting us hyped for bigger, better known events such as Desert Hearts, Lucidity and Lightning in a Bottle. Instead, the high-priced, heavily headlined, yet glitchy Serenity Gathering one week earlier and just down the road morphed into the inspiration piece. Many of the same faces that appeared at Serenity as spectators showed up at Sunbeam to display their craft. Fire dance apprentices and hoop dreamers soaked up attention for the very first time, while aspiring DJs turned a tailgate into a turn-up when the main stage generators were slow to arrive. The artists may not have been A-listers, but they were approachable, keeping the party going before and after successful sets.
There was no backstage, no media tent, there wasn’t even a gate separating in from out. DJs and dancers kicked it under the desert sun with ticket holders and party crashers alike. But the radical equality was felt most between men and women. In what is usually a boys’ game on festival stages, there were several standout females on the roster. Dela Moontribe long since earned her reputation as a rare female fixture on the festival circuit, but up-and-comers such as producer and vocalist Hydrah and female-fronted eclectic jam band, Blooming Fire, proved that for the next generation of festi-girls the party has just begun.