Sonic Bloom 2018 is in the books and what a festival it was ! I can't comment on the whole weekend, considering I had to leave early Saturday morning to get to my other job in Estes Park. Unfortunate I couldn't experience it as a whole, I am happy and blessed to have been there for those first two days.
It all started on Thursday morning with the four hour drive to Hummingbird Ranch from Estes Park, Colorado. Upon arrival I grabbed my media and headed on in to the campgrounds, trying not to blow away with the insane amount and strength of the wind that day. The campgrounds were mostly flat with little shade. I drove down alone and then eventually moved my truck to a friends campsite and then the festivities officially started! I decided to hit the grounds early to scope out and gain my bearings of the place. It wasn't too big of a space but everything was perfectly separated and flowed nicely. A smaller festival for sure but this was something I looked forward to as it would bring in a friendly crowd full of love. I didn't encounter one negative event all weekend and was by far the best crowd at a festival I have been to. It was also a pleasure to have a media pass, giving me access to backstage, a special air conditioned hang-out area with wi-fi, free drinks and the opportunity to network with countless people! Am forever thankful for Sonic Bloom allowing me to cover this event.
All of the performances I saw were amazing! Especially Desert Dwellers, Break Science, The Widdler, Frameworks Live and the very special Random Rab sunrise set pm Saturday morning "that I failed to get some pictures of." The Widdler's set maybe was my favorite of the short two days I was there. Heavy,deep bass, dark, light and melodic, he took us on a little journey that started off heavy and then left you with the feels. Hoping to catch another one of his sets soon! Desert Dwellers were amazing, especially with the beautiful goddess' that were on stage putting on quite the performance themselves.
They whole show was as if you had been transported to a different world with a foreign culture producing sounds your ears have yet to hear before. Break Science was amazing as always. Adam Dietch and Borahm Lee kept everyone moving and grooving to their set filled of new tunes and saving the old ones for last.
Frameworks Live Band was a performance where I found myself having a lot of fun to. I have never seen the live band before and they did an awesome job of performing for and keeping the crowd moving!
Overall, Sonic Bloom was a blast for the short time I was there. From the music, to the galleries and interactive art spaces, to the slack lining, learning opportunities, and everything else Bloom had to offer, this was one festival that was consciously run unlike many other festivals out there. I will surely be back again, hopefully for the full weekend and with the pleasure of covering this event once again! Next up is Infrasound :)