Summer Camp Music Festival: 20th Anniversary

Memories and music filled all four days of the 20th anniversary of Summer Camp Music Festival this August. Typically, the festival occurs in late May over Memorial Day weekend. However, it was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was rescheduled to August 19 – 22nd this year. Roughly 25,000 people attended. Summer Camp’s home is in Chillicothe, Illinois, so we took the 14-hour drive from Denver on Thursday. It was definitely one of the most memorable festival weekends of all time!

Summer Camp is known for the festival’s consistently stacked lineup. Summer Camp always features hundreds of artists across all genres, both rising talent and big names. The true kings of Scamp are the bands Umphrey’s McGee and Moe. Both dominate the weekend year after year by playing daily sets across most or all of the stages. Other huge names on this year’s lineup included Ween, Three 6 Mafia, Emancipator, and Billy Strings.

Day One

Friday highlights for us started in the afternoon when Borahm Lee of Break Science jumped on main stage with Manic Focus and played a killer set as Manic Science. Meanwhile in the VIP Tent, electro-funk band The Floozies took the stage. The Floozies brought us back to the angsty times of 2000s rock with their Emo Hour DJ set.

Across the park at the Campfire Stage, a smaller crowd of people stomped and hollered to bluegrass band Kitchen Dwellers. Denver local Maddy O’Neal dropped an energized set drippin’ in bass and hip-hop beats. Emancipator gifted us a beautiful and chill set, layering string instruments with downtempo drum beats.

Umphrey’s McGee‘s Friday night set featured a serious classic rock flavor. They teased parts of the Zeppelin song “Kashmir” between transforming “Looks” into “Preamble”. A sampling from “Stairway to Heaven” rang out when Umph turned “The Triple Wide” into “The Linear”. They also covered portions of The Rolling Stone’s “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”. After Umphrey’s, Billy Strings took over the Starshine stage.

Late night highlights for Friday included the much anticipated CloZee b2b with LSDREAM, VIP lounge set from Aqueous, and a dirty dubstep Subtronics set to close out the night.

Day Two

Saturday’s overcast weather was what we’d all been waiting for after the brutal temperatures and humidity that made for a sweaty Friday.

Music highlights included the afternoon sets of Doom Flamingo at the Moonshine Stage and Sunsquabi at the Starshine Stage. A few hours later, the two stages featured conflicting sets by Dirty Heads and BoomBox, making for another tough choice among some festival attendees. Livetronica legends STS9 played a dreamy, ethereal evening set at the Sunshine stage while the killer collab of Keller Williams and Sunsquabi – dubbed KellerSquabi – threw down on the Starshine stage. Marvel Years and later in the night Manic Focus both played funktastic and saucy sets. One of the best and possibly underrated sets of the whole weekend went down on Saturday night, when The Spicy Bois (self-described as “Flavor Town of the Underground”) brought the late-night heat with a supercharged surprise set from the top of an old white bus covered in sunflowers.

The new stage, Goodbus, and it lives in the Illumination Woods, a whole new area of Scamp that made its debut this year. During the day, the shade from the trees in these woods provides sanctuary from the harsh sun with colorful swinging hammocks and other spots to take a seat and relax. At night, the magical space transforms into a psychedelic haven, with the rainbow net of strings tied between the trees mimicking a laser show, giant mushrooms, and lit-up interactive art pieces.

The Campgrounds

The early hours of Sunday morning consisted of wandering the campgrounds. I realized so many of the aspects we love about festivals start right here – from one-of-a-kind unofficial merch (check out this reddit post for an example of one of the coolest fest posters I’ve ever seen) to hearing hilarious conversations you’d never hear anywhere else, to meeting some of the most unique and genuinely awesome people of all time. I met a gang of Power Rangers, witnessed an intense light saber battle, danced with a crew of bananas, met an author who sold me some plants (a jade and a lime tree to be specific) and caught a surprise sunrise set at a random camp by a lesser-known producer named Operatr.

Sunday was a huge day for talent. Early in the day, the brilliant and creative Keller Williams played an amazing set at the Moonshine stage. This year may have been one of the biggest yet for Sunday single-day pass purchasers.

Sunday’s bill held the much hyped and anticipated sets from some of the biggest names there such as Tipper, Dirty Heads, Ween, and Three 6 Mafia. Although times got bumped slightly, there was still a choice to be made between Tipper and Ween, We ended up bouncing between the stages to get a taste of both.

Griz helped close down the festival with his much anticipated set, featuring a special guest appearance by ProbCause. Everywhere was packed full with thousands of people dancing beneath the psychedelic lasers. Moe.’s Sunday night set was powerful and full of classic Moe. songs. And let’s not ignore the artists who are not as well-known but are extremely talented – LeSpecial’s campfire set was one of the best all weekend.

Conclusion

Leaving Summer Camp is always bittersweet, and usually makes for a rough Monday morning. With no time to hunt down a golf cart to help haul our gear, we navigated ourselves and all our stuff out of the park, weaving around the festival zombies dragging their feet in the heat. For the entire fourteen hour drive back home to Colorado, I had so many memories replaying in my head, and an amazing sound track from the weekend to match.

Many people who normally go to Summer Camp – or “Scamp veterans” – were unable to make it this year The pandemic has greatly affected live music, both small shows and festivals alike. Covid-related complications did cancel some acts such as Papadosio, Lettuce, Big Something, and Cherub. For those who weren’t able to attend, you can check out some awesome recap videos on the SummerCampFest YouTube channel.

Until next time, Summer Camp! The experience surely will be hard to beat next year. Summer Camp Music Festival is set to return next Memorial Day Weekend for its 21st anniversary – May 27 to 29, 2022 – so be sure to start planning ahead by snagging your festival passes during the Early Bird sale. Tickets aren’t available for purchase yet, but keep an eye out for updates on Facebook, Instagram, and the website’s ticket page. Want to get involved in the festival and save money on the ticket? Check out the volunteer page. Finally, be sure to sign up for the mailing list on the Official Summer Camp website!

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Back To Backwoods

Returning back to any music festival in 2021 can feel a bit strange. With that in mind, Backwoods was able to help make that experience extra special for their 4500 person event. Capping it off at that number helped improve a ton for the festival. 4 music filled days graced Mulberry Mountain on August 26th-29th of 2021. The weekend ranged tunes from Jam Bands such as Lotus and Disco Biscuits to experimental artists like Of The Trees and G Jones. This festival had something for everybody.

Backwoods began strong on Thursday with artists CNOPES, MLOTIK, and MOLOKAI. All of which you could say have done projects with Spicy Bois. After their takeover at the Casino Stage, the crowd moved over to main stage to catch Lotus and Andy Fasco & the Un. Getting that bit of jam bands in for Thursday night the crowd could move back over to Lusid after for those experiential vibes. Sound Camp was another stage at Backwoods. This stage was filled with Funktion-One sound, creating that deep bass for whoever took over that stage.

Friday

The weekend was finally beginning on the mountain, more attendees were pulling in and setting up. Each day began with multiple different workshops to choose from, ranging from Guided Meditations and Yoga to Hoop Dance. A comedy hour also helped start off each morning with lots of laughter. Dirtfoot, Maddy O’Neal, Shiba San, and Sunsquabi all took main stage Friday afternoon while the sun was high in the sky. The Irie Lions, Opal Agafia, Artifacts, and more all took over Circus Casino as well.

Aliens invade the mountain! ATLIENS step aboard main stage as the sky turns dark. Following up the madness they brought, G Jones brought quite the performance. Strobes flashed and custom visuals played as this glitch artist played. Ganja White Night finished off main stage Friday night with their unreleased collabs featuring Rusko and Dirt Monkey, amongst many others. They played a live set which took the audience everywhere from deep wobbles to upbeat house and DnB. Festival goers could end their night with Flintwick or a Sound Camp set.

Saturday

Saturday morning began with cool clouds over the mountain, breezy guests of wind could be felt throughout your tent as the mountain began to wake up. This was truly the day for any jam band enthusiast. Day sets consisted of groups Stiff Necked Fools, Bumpin Uglies, Papadosio, and two Disco Biscuit sets. Cycles, Arkansauce, and Spafford could all be found during the day playing sets also.

This was truly the night for late sets as the crowd was show a Of The Trees set with Data Byte Visuals. PLS&TY took the stage after to finish off Circus Casino. If you were still looking for music after that, DIRTYSNATCHA played a late night set that included a ton of unreleased music.

During the weekend, food trucks and many other vendors could be located around the venue. Custom merchandise was made for the festival along with artist merchandise, most artists could even be found there! For food, they had many options for attendees, some of which included Vegan options. One nice addition that the mountain offered was a General Store, where you could find many helpful necessities such as ice, air mattresses, tents, and much more. Free water was offered in multiple locations.

Sunday

The weekend was about over but the music was far from done. The Fungineers were added to the lineup later on as a replacement. That made for an awesome Sunday opener. Following them on that stage was Ryan Viser, Modeling, Acid Katz, Com Truise, and Keller Williams. Of course we also saw an insane Carbin set which was different from what we have heard before. Many new collabs were thrown out that featured artists INZO and DIRTYSNATCHA.

Main Stage saw some insane talent this day. Freddy Todd gave and insane performance as a Keytar was brought out. Adding that live element with blue skies made for a perfect day set. Zeke Beats followed the stage to give listeners live scratching. Rumor is Freddy Todd and Zeke Beats did a renegade b2b set. Mulberry Mountain was cooled off later with a quick rain fall, which didn’t last very long.

Following the rain, CloZee played one of the most beautiful sets of the weekend. Showing new visuals, that we believe might be from the Neon Jungle Tour, to showing an insane laser show, this set was perfect. Greensky Bluegrass hit the stage after for a bit of change in the night. The Floozies finished off main stage with an hour and a half set. These brothers played classics along with unreleased tunes. Some would say it was a great way to end that stage for the weekend.

Conclusion

Overall the weekend was great, the rain didn’t stop the mountain from having an amazing time. To keep up on all things Backwoods, check out the links below. They actually feature a blog on their website that gives a bit more insight into everything! Keep your eyes peeled for a Day 2 and Day 3 recap from Backwoods. If you weren’t able to make it this year we would highly suggest making it next year. Until next time Mulberry Mountain!

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis Advises Cancellation of Events with 250+ Attendees

In a live statement made by Jared Polis, Colorado events with 250 or more attendees have been advised to cancel in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).


Coronavirus vs. The Entertainment Industry

The World Health Organization officially declared coronavirus a pandemic Wednesday evening. The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says: “We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity — and by the alarming levels of inaction.

The amount of canceled or postponed concerts, film releases, festivals, conferences, and events continues to grow exponentially as the coronavirus spreads. While many event attendees publicly express their frustration, it’s important to acknowledge this from a wider perspective. As the world scrambles to contain the coronavirus, the entire entertainment industry is suffering the secondary effects of the outbreak.

The industry is losing money, marketers, venue security, stage hands, and all other entertainment workers aren’t getting the hours they need for their bills, and many artists have already called off their biggest tours of the year.

What’s Next?

The entertainment industry has rapidly responded to the CDC’s warning that Americans should prepare for a coronavirus outbreak. Within the past week, Ultra Miami, Tomorrowland Winter, Rampage Open Air, Buku Music + Arts Project, SXSW, and Deja Voom in Mexico have publicly announced cancellations due to the Coronavirus.

Countless festivals like Stagecoach and Coachella originally set for March are being postponed. Most of these events are considered to be a “kick-off” to festival season.

This, unfortunately, begins to spark major concerns about future events potentially heading in this direction. Many festivals that annually occur in the summer and fall seasons are amply watching for updates and keeping their fans in the know about what’s happening with their festival plans.

Insomniac creator and founder Pasquele Rotella publicly announced Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC Vegas) will still be taking place on its scheduled dates. Alongside with Michigan based festival Electric Forest, organizers published on their media that the festival is indeed still on. They will be working with the appropriate authorities to ensure that the planned event proceeds safe and healthy for all attendees.

Any updates will be communicated to ticket holders.

Colorado was not the first state-wide ban on public gatherings. Washington, California, New Mexico, Utah, and New York have placed similar restrictions on event capacities, and advise any events that do continue to take place to ensure there is room for 5 feet in between each person.

NBA Responds

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The NBA has suspended all games as of yesterday after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.

One day later, Gobert apologizes to teammate Donovan Mitchell, who tested positive for coronavirus shortly after.

MLB, NHL, MLS, and More Follow Suit

Shortly after NBA cancellations came the cancellation of Spring Training across the Major League Baseball and the suspension of all upcoming National Hockey League games ‘until further notice.’

MLS has also suspended their season for 30 days.

The Boston Marathon has been pushed back to September 2020

The pandemic has led to a 32 day cancellation of New York City’s Broadway shows.

Most recently, one of the largest sporting events of the year, The PGA Masters has also been postponed due to COVID-19

According to The National Review

The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 can linger in the air for at least 30 minutes and travel up to 4.5 meters – further than the “safe distance” advised by health authorities around the world.

The researchers also found that it can last for up to 12 hours on a surface where respiratory droplets land, raising the risk of transmission if unsuspecting people touch it and then rub their face.

All of which, while tragic to the common event attendee, leads us to believe that this was the best course of action that could have been taken. Slowing the spread of the virus is what’s most important at this time.

Putting The Entertainment Industry In A Hole

Many people on social media are expressing their ignorance through memes and jokes in reaction to these cancelations. It’s important to realize that festivals do not want to cancel. Countless jobs in a multibillion dollar industry will be affected by this outbreak, and the financial repercussions for companies and economies will last months.

According to a statement published on Forbes, SXSW laid off 50+ of its year-round employees already. Last year, the festival brought $365 million to the city of Austin. That’s $365 million in revenue that won’t be streamed through the city this year. Each and every one of these festivals brings a substantial amount of money to the hosting state, but remember it’s also people’s careers; it’s what pays the bills. It’s what they rely on. The cancelation of these events puts caterers, drivers, bartenders, tech crew, security staff, dancers, painters, vendors, and coordinators out of the job for an undefined time.

Conclusion

It’s time to put the jokes to rest, this industry is losing work and it’s just not funny. So if by any chance these events do get canceled, please trust that it’s all in good conscience for everyone’s safety. It’s important to remember that the people who make these events happen, truly want you to endure the experience just as much, if not more as you do.

The idea of these event cancellations is so people can avoid the acceleration of the spread. Social avoidance, though very uncommon in the Colorado entertainment and nightlife community, is the recommendation at this time.

Party Guru Press will stay diligent on this topic and will make sure everyone is informed as the situation progresses.

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Lights All Night Returns to Rattle Dallas

Fresh out of Christmas spirit? Ready to dance off all of mom’s holiday cooking? The folks at Always On have you covered. Lights All Night will be converging once again upon Dallas Market Hall, celebrating the festival’s 10th anniversary in legendary fashion. The neon intergalactic playground will open its doors on December 27th warming up the weekend with the likes of Herobust, Elephante, Kayzo, Slushii, Tritonal, AC Slater and many more.

Furthermore, Night Bass Records will be taking over a stage featuring back-to-backs from Jack Beats & Bijou, and Golf Clap & Codes. Also offering solo performances from some up-and-comers that are sure to heat up the room. To top off an already epic evening, night one will be closed out by Virtual Self (aka Porter Robinson) and certified member of EDM’s Mount Rushmore, Skrillex. The two will be taking the stage at separate times although they graced the same stage June of this year. This begs the question, will Lights All Night be blessed with some impromptu B2B action from long-time friends Porter & Sonny? There’s only one way to find out… 

Night Two Lineup

With a day one lineup as stacked as this year’s, they have to bring the heat for Saturday. And they will definitely deliver. Night two will certainly be hitting different with a massive card featuring Subtronics. He is fresh off one of the rowdiest collabs of the year, Griztronics, as well as his 2019 EP Wooked On Tronics.

And the headbanging wont stop there, the veteran Liquid Stranger who recently released a massive 30 track album, Infinity will be taking us on a journey into the dubstep abyss. Both nights will also include a takeover by Boogie T and the Gravedancer Records squad and support from He$h, Said The Sky, 3lau, Zomboy, San Holo and more.

To close out the weekend the headliners will be the duo out of the Windy City, Louis The Child. The two will be wrapping up their East Coast, Here For Now Tour in early December. And certainly returning to the stage ready to finish the year with a bang. These two never seem to take a moment off. In the last few months they dropped the official theme song for the X-Games, announced a fall tour and released a remix of Midnight Hour by Skrillex, Boys Noize & Ty Dolla $ign

Lights All Night Weekend Finale

Although all good things must come to an end, it won’t be before a performance from one of the best. It’s about to get hectic as the final set of the weekend will be none other than Bassnectar. With upwards of 20 years on the decks, Bassnectar is still one of the hardest working artists in the game. He is constantly creating new material and curating one-of-a-kind set lists and re mixes for every show. Meanwhile, finding time to collaborate with other artists, all while touring non stop… Bassnectar never takes his foot off the gas. Which is why his end of the year run has always been that of legend. Lights All Night attendees will be eager to blast off and be slathered by the sights and sounds of a true great.

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Imagine Festival 2019:Under The Sea Adventures

On September 19th the sixth annual Imagine Music Festival kicked off at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It brought together music fanatics from all over the country to enjoy four electrifying nights of camping, activities, and of course performances from some of the biggest names in the world of electronic music. 

Imagine Festival is one of the largest independently owned and operated music festivals in North America. It’s fair to say that this event has been a staple in Atlanta over the last few years.

Oceania Stage

The Pre-Party Begins on Thursday

You could feel the anticipation building as early arrival for the festival began on Thursday, September 19th. Hundreds of eager festival goes began to arrive in the campgrounds and started setting up their camps.

The early arrivals were treated to activities like karaoke and a Kandi/ Totem meeting at the IHEARTRAVES Captains Quarters. Along with this was full programming on the Disco Inferno stage inside the speedway, for the pre-party later that night. The pre-party brought with it special performances from the likes of Sullivan King, Blunts & Blondes, Kai Wachi, and Space Jesus. Meanwhile, artists doing live painting greeted the guests on their way to the stage. It was warm welcome indeed. This helped feed the excitement with a small taste of what was to come over the next 3 days.

Disco Inferno Stage

Many of the Festival’s Amenities

Walking around the event, one of the first things you notice is there was no shortage of vendors. This was the case for both in the speedway and throughout the campgrounds. There always seemed to be something interesting to stop and look at while exploring. Finding something to satisfy your cravings was never much of an issue either. The food trucks scattered around the festival offered a delightful variety of delicious options from all over the world. These included a surprising amount of great vegan options as well.

The general store proved to be a quite convenient location for all your last minute camping necessities. The store included items such as pillows, blankets, propane tanks, refrigerated goods, water jugs, and a range of toiletries. Several shower locations were also provided for campers to freshen up throughout the weekend.

Another nice touch were the very handy charging stations. Imagine even offered mobile battery pack rentals. This allowed you to simply swing by the booth to exchange your old battery pack for a fully charged one. This way you could keep your electronic devices charged at all times without needing to wait around. After all, there’s no time to waste with so much partying to be done!

Imagine game room/ ball pit

Friday Starts the Festival with a Bang

Friday morning came along and campgrounds quickly began to fill as the festival was now in full swing. In no time there were thousands of excited attendees swarming the grounds, and camping stages started pumping out tunes.

Attendees began making their way up to the speedway around 4 pm, eager to explore more of the festival grounds. The main stage (Oceania stage) was now open along with the Sixfeathers, TechYes, and Disco Inferno Stages. Highlights for the night included sets from Rezz, Matoma, Svdden Death, and Rusko. Dubstep fans also rejoiced as Disco Inferno came to life with a special Grave Gang B4B set (Subtronics, Boogie T, Squnto, & He$h).

Diplo unfortunately was unable to make it for his headlining set on the Oceania stage. However, Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal) took Diplo’s place to give the night a proper closeout. Needless to say, Shaq brought the heat with some heavy dubstep tunes. He even jumped in the crowd to do a little moshing with fans himself.

Let the Afterparties Begin

With the main event ending around 3 am, people began heading back to their camps. However, the party was far from over. The campgrounds lit up with a slew of lights, lasers, and late night parties.

Wandering around, you were likely to stumble upon one of the many stages located throughout the camps. DJs were up and ready keep the energy going at all hours of the night. The silent disco ( one of the largest in the country) certainly lived up to our expectations. A surprising amount of people packed into the area to grab some headphones and continue to dance the night away. The Port Royale stage stayed open 24 hours a day for the remainder of the festival. The RV camps were also popular spots for party animals. Many of the camps brought their own DJ and sound equipment to throw parties of their own.


Let the Party Continue on Saturday

There was still plenty of energy to go around Saturday morning. Saturday single day passes had completely sold out and the festival expected their highest attendance all weekend. A Vegas-style pool party took place inside the speedway early in the afternoon, before the main event began that evening. Additionally, gamers took to the Imagine game room to play each-other on popular games like Rocket League, Fortnite, and Apex Legends. The game room was a unique addition to the festival and a popular break spot for attendees all weekend.

Finally all stages were up and running as their final stage addition; the Amazonia stage, was ready to go. Fan favorites like Cherub, G Jones, and Louis The Child would take to the stage later that night. Disco Inferno played host to performances from Anna Lunoe, Nora En Pure, and Lane 8. Meanwhile, the Oceania stage was packed with festival goers ready to witness 1788-L, Ghastly, Alison Wonderland, and infamous dubstep duo Zeds Dead. Trance legends Above & Beyond were bringing the group therapy vibes to close out the night with the Anjunafamily as well.

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Oceania Stage

Sunday Closes out the Amazing Weekend

After another sleepless night in the campgrounds for many, it was apparent that the long weekend was beginning to take its toll. Group yoga and meditation classes were a popular activity for campers on Sunday morning. However, everyone was as ready as ever to return to the speedway for one final Hoorah on Sunday night.

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Amazonia Stage

Sunday night was the night that many had been waiting for. The trip-hop legend himself, Tipper was hosting a takeover of the Amazonia stage. With acts like Thriftworks and Detox Unit providing support, it was bound to be a great night. Over at Disco Inferno DJs kept the groove going for the remainder of the event. The stage featured closing performances by Dirtybird label founder Claude VonStroke, and co-founder Justin Martin. Said The Sky, Alan Walker, and Seven Lions were some of the final performances on the main stage. Along with this was one of the most anticipated sets of the entire weekend by Marshmello. Accompanying Marshmello was a spectacular fireworks display to close down the festival.

Conclusion

It’s clear that the Imagine team has worked very hard to provide an exceptional festival experience. This year’s rendition won’t be forgotten about any time soon. By the looks of things the event is expected to do nothing but continue to grow and evolve. The intimate sense of family and community surrounding this unique festival is hard to find at other events of this scale.

2019 has been a sensational year for Imagine. The team has already made an official statement that they have already began preparations for the festival in 2020. With rumors of the event’s possible relocation in the future, we eagerly await more information on what’s next. In the meantime, all we can do is appreciate what this event has become and look back on all of the unforgettable experiences that have been had. Here’s to another amazing year for Imagine Music Festival. Until next year.

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Marshmello on Oceania Stage

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Imagine Festival 2019, an “Aquatic Fairytale”

Come one, come all, down to the bustling city of Atlanta GA, this September 19th-22nd, for the #1 EDM festival in Atlanta, and one of the most unique and fastest growing electronic music festival experiences in the entire country.

Imagine Music Festival. As seen on: Google Images

The highly praised Imagine Music Festival, otherwise being referred to now as the “Aquatic Fairytale,” as a part of its signature aquatic theme, has undoubtedly become one of the most sought after music events all year round for the city of Atlanta, and for many festival goers around the world. It’s fair to say that its organizers have certainly made quite a name for themselves over the recent years, and have touched the lives of countless dance music enthusiasts, while leaving an exceedingly positive and lasting impression on the American festival scene.

As seen on: Imagine Festival official Facebook images

The now four day music and camping festival, while still being a relatively new event amongst the ever-growing array of music festivals in North America, has grown arguably quicker than any other festival to take place in the states. After only a few short years, the festival is comparable to some of the most popular festivals in the country that have been around for up to 20+ years, and that is no small feat.

Imagine Festival, which takes place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, started as a rather small event, with around 15,000 people in attendance, and has since more than doubled in size after finding its new home at the speedway, with more than 35,000 EDM fanatics in attendance each day. And the sky’s the limit for this one-of-a-kind event as its rapid growth is expected to do nothing but continue.


As seen on: Imagine Festival official Facebook images

 As per usual this year the event will be offering multiple custom stages (six to be exact) with world class production, along with themed campgrounds and a stacked lineup, featuring many of the biggest names in electronic music. But it doesn’t stop there… 

The festival grounds will be filled with an abundance of oceanic dancers, circus acts, art installations, workshops, carnival rides, and a silent disco that is said to be one of the largest in the country. If you happen to find yourself getting hungry, they provide a wide variety of food trucks that offer some seriously incredible food options from all over the world. There’s even a giant splash pool for you and your friends to cool off and fill the space between performances from your favorite artists. And if all that doesn’t keep you busy enough, you can even sign up for some workout or yoga classes. There really seems to be no shortage of fun and interesting activities happening at all hours of the day and night.

As seen on: Imagine Festival official Facebook images

2019 is shaping up to be a particularly electrifying year for Imagine Festival as they go to great depths to ensure that this years rendition of the festival is their most immersive experience to date. As mentioned previously, the event will now take place over four days. The addition of a fourth day brings with it full music programming on the Disco Inferno stage, early arrival for camping, and a whole extra day to enjoy the plethora of music and activities.

More exciting announcements for this years event include the addition of the new TechYes / Guerrilla 360 stage, which will feature a full tech-house lineup, so that all you house music lovers can get your groove on to your hearts content, the addition of a Vegas-Style daytime pool party on Saturday as part of a partnership with Beatbox Beverages, and an announcement that the Trip Hop master himself, Tipper, will be hosting a takeover of the Amazonia Stage on Sunday night.


As Imagine Festival continues to grow, we begin to realize that its more than your average festival. Its creators have gone above and beyond to create an immersive experience that will never leave you without something exciting to take part in. There’s an incredible amount of love, passion, and hard work that has gone into creating this very special festival. It’s a festival that truly cares for its customers, and that is always trying to up the “Wow!” factor, while also working vigorously to provide more comfort and convenience for all of it’s attendees. It’s an experience that will leave you with a sense of family & community between you and your fellow festival-goers, and it will leave you eager to return year after year.

If your goal is to attend the best music festivals available today, then Imagine Festival is one that you’ll want to add to your list immediately. Be sure to grab your tickets to the 2019 edition of the festival, and experience the Aquatic Fairytale that is Imagine Music Festival for yourself.

As seen on: Imagine Festival official Facebook images

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE EVENT INCLUDING: ticket pricing, layaway plans, VIP packages, shuttles, parking, hotels, camping info, and other frequently asked questions, please visit www.imaginefestival.com

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Blooming into Festival Season with This Year’s Annual Sonic Bloom

One of the most admired and respected festivals in and around Colorado is to take place once again in beautiful, sunny Spanish Peaks Country, and the lineup this year is nothing short of impressive. The four-day festival is held on Hummingbird Ranch, a property Sonic Bloom holds the rights to, which has become notorious for being one of the most beautiful venues around. The lineup this year features headliners Gramatik, Opiuo, an anticipated set from Emancipator Ensemble, and Yheti, to name just a few. Additional artists are sprinkled throughout the lineup, but are not names to be missed—local favorites Detox Unit, The Widdler, Of the Trees, female dub-powerhouse Khiva, and more are performing throughout the four-day festival in late June. The festival also combines bright art installations, multiple booming Funktion-One sound systems, a local creek alongside the festival grounds (last year it wasn’t running due to local droughts, but this year it’s up and running, which locals are incredibly excited about), human performances of all kinds, dancing, yoga, and an overall atmosphere which is loved by locals and music lovers from all over the U.S.

The festival has been home to artists in years past such as Shpongle, Big Gigantic, Keys N Krates, Tipper, Bonobo, and many more. Some of the biggest names in electronic music, incredibly talented artists using some of the latest modern technology and music making equipment, attend this festival and love the live-performance “feel” of so many of the sets. Artists and fans alike love Sonic Bloom for its relaxed vibe and overall healthy atmosphere which is created every year. This year, there are a few special sets and installations we at Party Guru Press are looking forward to.

Yheti is going to throw down a pre-sunrise set right before Culprate’s sunrise set, on the final year of the Hummingbird Stage’s projection-mapped DJ booth. The booth features an expansive and massive art installation which glows from behind the artist, shining patterns and visuals in really cool looking shadows and more. This will be something surely not to miss at this year’s Sonic Bloom. Summers Design LLC created the booth with visuals made by the incredibly talented and adored artists from Pickles Visuals, a company which has gained local hype in recent years through their insane designs and visual arrangements.

   The second art installation we are most excited for is the beautiful illumination from the rainbow glow of what is returning as the Peace Tent. The Peace Tent is an installation made entirely of recycled flagging tape and is created by the artist Emma Balder Art. The art piece is interactive and is meant to serve as a peaceful space, or a meditative spot. Participants who come to the art exhibit are meant to physically feel a change in their emotional state, by feeling peace, unconditional love, completely accepted, warmth and the beauty of the nature around them. The art exhibit has been featured across the United States at exhibits such as Meow Wolf, as well as at other festivals in Colorado, such as Arise and Infrasound.

This year’s Bloom will also feature well-loved artist company who exists under the name of Treenet Willy’s. Last year at Sonic Bloom 2018 was the company’s first year at the festival, and they left an incredible impression, so we are excited to see them come back! Treenet Willy’s is a company which weaves large art installations made out of rope for festival goers to relax on. They can fully support body weight and are incredibly comfortable and soft to lay on, similar to a woven hammock. Last year the team created the first permanent art installations in the middle of the festival grounds. The company specializes in making these art exhibits so that they do not harm the nature or surrounding environments in any way, and allows for the trees to continue to grow while still being able to withstands human interaction. The piece of art stretches across multiple trees and can hold nearly twenty people! It is known by Sonic Bloom lovers now as the “spiderweb,” and it is now notorious for being the centerpiece for the festival, and rightfully so. Sonic Bloom is all about combining nature, art, music, and the beautiful simplicity of being human all into one safe, positive environment. We can’t wait for this year’s annual Bloom—it’s a festival which holds true to its initial vision, and has remained one of the most well-respected and pure festivals in the West.

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