by E.P Pirt, Jr.
Here we are, already in May. Festival season has been in gear for a couple of months now and the weather and partying is only gonna get hotter. Ok, so the weather is gonna get cold real quick this weekend, but then it’ll get hotter…hopefully. Then again, if Hummingbird Ranch is slightly cooler than it was last year I wouldn’t complain. Of course when you consider all the beautiful, shady tree groves and the creek with crisp, cold water flowing through the ranch, the afternoon heat doesn’t seem so bad. Ready to go back yet? Yea I know, you’ve been ready since October.
Well you only have a month left to wait, my friends. On Thursday, June 14th, The Unified Field will kick off the 12th annual Sonic Bloom. For a look at the first eleven lineups, check out this awesome time capsule of posters on the Bloom website. It’s those lineups, along with exceptional art production, a variety of extracurricular opportunities on site, and special, welcoming vibes year after year that have made Bloom the destination festival to attend in Colorado. For the third year in a row, the fest will take place at the gorgeous Hummingbird Ranch in Rye. Cozily tucked right up against the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it’s one of the most picturesque festival locations I’ve ever seen. The only problem with the location is that it hasn’t been Sonic Bloom’s home for longer. Check out a more detailed description of it here.
Even without music, I’d happily spend a long weekend just hanging out there. But alas, it’s the music that really draws thousands of people from all over the country. Sonic Bloom has gained a reputation for being one of the first festivals to host future stars like Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, The Glitch Mob, Tipper, and many more. This year, people will flock from all over to see names like The Polish Ambassador, Papadosio, The Floozies, Claude VonStroke, and Ott. But the most talked-about and anticipated set of the weekend is without a doubt the Gigantic Cheese Biscuits. Much more than just a mouth-watering menu item you might find at Red Lobster, GCB is an all star supergroup comprised of members of Big Gigantic, The String Cheese Incident, and The Disco Biscuits.
While GCB may be getting the lion’s share of attention, it’s the local Colorado talent that Bloom books every year that is the true backbone of the lineup. This year some of those names include SoDown, Unlimited Gravity, ProJect Aspect, ill-esha, Maddy O’Neal, kLL sMTH, Mikey Thunder, Skydyed, and Templo just to name a few. To check out the well-rounded lineup of DJs and bands head here or just scroll down.
As is the case every year, Bloom will offer much more than top notch music talent and production. With the intended goal of impacting people and the world on multiple levels, the festival presents attendees with various opportunities to get involved. They include yoga classes, performance art, live painting, various speakers and workshops, and even a Rainbow Lightning Kids Zone!
Perhaps the thing that makes Sonic Bloom unique the most is the Sonic Bloom Academy; a series of interactive events leading up to the festival “created to enhance your educational experience…a 3 day deep dive into one of four amazing intensives. Learn how to paint with the masters during the Visionary Art Series, find your connection to the earth in the Permaculture Action Series, develop more body awareness in the Movement Series and deepen your music production talents during the Ableton Live Master Series.” You can RSVP to any and all of these series here.
This will be the fourth year in a row that ELCO will be covering Colorado’s premier electronic music festival, and the second in a row that we’ve been a major promoter and supporter of the event. Be on the lookout for our photographers and videographer and of course, be sure to check back with us after the festival for some entertaining post-festival coverage. We hope you’re as excited as we are to congregate once again in The Unified Field.
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