Nestled along the front range in Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak International Raceway welcomed back the annual #GRIDLIFE Alpine Horizon Festival from September 9th-11th for a weekend unlike any other. Car enthusiasts traveled from across the nation to gather at PPIR to experience the GRIDLIFE and witness the signature Alpine Horizon Festival, three days of camping, thrilling motorsports, and amazing music.
Since 2013, #GRIDLIFE has become a staple in car culture by curating annual overnight camping events throughout the country featuring competitive drifting, racing, and concerts. The Alpine Horizon Festival has another exciting component to look forward to-the GRIDLIFE Touring Cup. With dawn-to-dusk entertainment and drivers competing for the 2022 GRIDLIFE Touring Cup, car lovers and gearheads can expect to be fully immersed in the automotive utopia known as the GRIDLIFE.
Alpine Horizon Festival Starts Off Revving
The #GRIDLIFE Alpine Horizon Festival was packed with action and adrenaline from the moment it started. Drivers were already hitting the tracks to practice when General Admission campers were welcomed on Friday at 9:00 am. The gates opened to everyone at 10:00 am. A warm afternoon set perfect conditions for GRIDLIFERS during the GLTC races, track battles, and drift events. Vendor and sponsor partner booths lined the spectator viewing area into car paddocks. Competing drivers could have their vehicles serviced on-site while car enthusiasts enjoyed showcasing beautiful cars. Live music kicked off at the main stage at 4:30 pm. Food Trucks and stands cranked out delicious food. An on-site arcade was equipped with nostalgic arcade games and a bar. When the motorsport events ceased at 9:20 pm, we could dance the night away at the main stage concert.
Sizzling Music Hits The Speedway
The concert’s main stage was situated next to the drifting track, and a large crowd enjoyed the music. The planned music talent on the Alpine Horizon Festival website for Friday consisted of Wovvoka, Haarper, CLIFFDIVER, Avoid, Xavier Wulf, City Morgue, and Trippie Redd. Incredible music filled the racetrack, and the vibes were amazing. Later, an announcement was made that Trippie Redd could not perform. Even so, this news didn’t cast a shadow on the incredible music of the night. On account of performers who filled in and extended their sets, they put on an awesome show and left us wanting more!
Saturday Brought Thrills Through The Chills
Gloomy skies and rain didn’t hinder die-hard car lovers from returning to the speedway for another glorious day of festivities. Spectators packed viewing areas as drivers showed off their racing and drifting skills. The air was thick with smoke from burning rubber as cars drifted around curves, and the atmosphere was electric. An electric buzz of excitement could be heard in every direction, and we were never left with a dull moment. It truly was a one-of-a-kind experience to witness these cars shred the track.
Festival Vibes Through The End
Saturday’s stacked lineup consisted of Not a Toy, Call Me Karizma, Night Lovell, Jake Hill, Sueco, Taking Back Sunday, and Puppet. Punk rock fans were especially ecstatic, and the crowd sang along when Taking Back Sunday performed their hit “Make Damn Sure”. The musicians carried on beautifully despite the damp cold weather. Drifts continued until 10:30 pm, and the combination whirring of cars and live rock music made for a perfect night.
Puppet finished their performance at 12:30 am, and an afterparty at the arcade ensued with the final scheduled music performance of the Alpine Horizon Festival. We enjoyed the nostalgic arcade games like Pac-Man and Street-Fighter over well-deserved drinks as the music started. Electronic music filled the arcade, and we were out of our chairs dancing. Underlux was behind the deck, bringing dubstep and bass music fit for a festival. He did not disappoint and delivered engaging, unique sounds. I talked to him and discovered he was a local DJ and had performed on the main stage the night before. Needless to say, Underlux wrapped up the music for the Alpine Horizon Festival’s splendidly.
Saying Goodbye To The Grid
Overall, #GRIDLIFE Alpine Horizon Festival was a whirlwind weekend of gripping motorsports backed by live music entertainment. As the sound of revving engines died down and campers packed up, the festival left us with memories that would last a lifetime. We couldn’t get enough of it. It seemed to end too soon, and can’t wait for its return. Until then, we’ll be dreaming of that #GRIDLIFE.
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