WOOGIE WEEKEND 2015 | PHOTOS
“What can I say about Woogie Weekend that hasn’t already been said? It was challenging, overwhelming, and a lot of fun. As I entered the grounds on Friday, as the gates were just about to open, there were rumors of rain, of monsoon weather. All I saw were clear blue skies, offering zero defense against the sun’s penetrating heat. The spirits were high and the turnout was impressive for a Friday afternoon, a welcoming alternative to our work and traffic-ridden lives.
Friday night’s highlights included: Camea, Patricio, Henry Saiz and Nick Warren. Well-crafted, beautifully-executed journeys transitioned perfectly. Saturday, brought interesting weather with the first downpours of rain that were welcomed by people seeking a break from the heat. When the rain started to fall, Pumpkin took over and delivered a highly impressive set. He introduced a soundtrack that played along with the environment and the mood, absolutely smashing the dance floor. He created a sense of euphoria among the hundreds that parked their pop-up tents and beach umbrellas, to ensure long-term protection from the elements. It was special to witness the crowd’s commitment and ability to adapt on Saturday. J-Phlip of Dirtybird also commanded the crowd with her infectious rhythm and charisma.
Sunday brought another climactic weather change for the weekend. Jon Charnis started the much-anticipated All Day I Dream (ADID) stage to a welcoming sun that dried up the mud that was left from 5 hours of continuous rain the day before. As time continued, it was evident everyone was in for another crazy, Woogie Weekend adventure.
The sky quickly became a massive grey ceiling of hell. Flashes of horror movie scenes and reminders of “The Nothing” (from Neverending Story) entered our minds. All heaven broke lose in a matter of minutes when the tension was released. Nature showed absolutely no mercy for the next 6 hours and pummeled the festival grounds.
The rain apocalypse forced one of the stages to completely shut down, since it was greater than 3 feet under water. The ADID stage however was on higher grounds but the team (which needs to be congratulated for their efforts) made sure that this break was used to figure out how to carry on in the safest way possible. Many people went back to find their tents underwater, or their RVs or buses sinking in the mud so there was a lot of time for people to figure out their own plans of attack.
Many people were discouraged by the conditions and simply left the festival, leaving behind all kinds of trash, broken tents and pop-ups and anything they felt was too much to take home. I was disappointed in those who left their traces, especially at this type of event. My advice, regardless of the circumstances: please be responsible and handle your business.
Luckily for those who made the sacrifice and powered through this minor inconvenience, the efforts of the production team made it possible for All Day I Dream to carry on. Bedouin and Lee Burridge closed out the festival in an extravagant fashion.
Hats off to everyone involved, the Red Cross team for their valued efforts and professionalism, the entire Woogie Weekend / Do Lab staff, all of the artists and the new friends I met. Well done everyone <3 ”
Article and Photos: Guillermo Montero
Do LaB’s Inaugural Woogie Weekend – An Auditory Adventure Through House and Techno
SILVERADO, CA – After a sold out Lightning in a Bottle and two fantastic weekends entertaining the crowds at Coachella, Do LaB returned to Oak Canyon Park to host their inaugural Woogie Weekend 2015. From Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19, a few thousand friendly faces descended upon the campgrounds for an intimate musical adventure, melding House and Techno’s rising stars with the master class.
Between the Beat Nest, a modified version of LIB’s Woogie Stage, and the festival’s other main stage, the Hive, the soundscape at Woogie Weekend ranged from deep and soulful, to progressive and playful, as esteemed performers like Danny Daze, J. Phlip, Gigamesh, Jonas Rathsman, Nick Warren, Mikey Lion, Adam Freeland, and Tara Brooks took the decks.
Rainy weather made for especially magical sets from Chicago collective Autograf, Marques Wyatt, Pumpkin, and Gorje & Izhevski, as artists and fans alike braved the elements, choosing to make lemonade out of lemons, and dance in the rain while donning ponchos, raincoats and umbrellas. The crowd’s positive energy was contagious, and the Hive reopened just in time to close the festival in a beautiful finale with Lee Burridge in an All Day I Dream Takeover.
LA’s quirky dance and performance troupe Bijoulette operated the festival’s now infamous slip n slide that quickly escalated into an exhilarating ride in the rain with festival goers flying down on whale rafts, giant rubber duckies, swans and more, which later turned into flotation devices in the unexpected thigh-deep lakes that formed from the torrential downpour. The attraction was just one of many touches which lent the festival a communal feel in addition to morning yoga sessions, live art from the Do Art Foundation, and a plethora of healthy food options. Winner of A Greener Festival’s ‘Outstanding Award’ for the last four years, Woogie Weekend integrated Do LaB’s traditional eco-conscious initiatives, including free water stations, a recycling system, composting, and a leave it better/leave it beautiful policy.
Without a doubt, the inaugural Woogie Weekend will remain one of the most unforgettable festival experiences its attendees will ever have.
ABOUT DO LAB / WOOGIE WEEKEND
Based in Los Angeles, Do LaB’s mission is to craft experience as art and bring communities together. In addition to Woogie Weekend, Do LaB is well known for creating unique art installations/stages and curating cutting-edge acts at Coachella in addition to producing Southern California’s premiere campout festival, Lightning in a Bottle and the 2012 Winter Solstice event The Great Convergence, which took place at the pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Do LaB’s work has also been showcased at Virgin Music Festival, Global Gathering, Portugal’s Boom Festival and many more.
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