by Eloise Ryser
June is finally here, which means it is time to start preparing for the most anticipated event of the summer, Sonic Bloom, Colorado’s ultimate music and arts festival. Like any other transformative festival, Sonic Bloom has its own distinct flavor and atmosphere. The Unified Field is full of opportunities to lay in hammocks, make friends, eat kale tacos, hula hoop, and most importantly, to watch some of the best musicians and artists perform. ELCO is stoked to be attending and helping with this phenomenal event, which is continuously evolving into a more exceptional experience with each and every year. Here are just a few of the artists and activities that we are most excited about this year…
First, let’s talk about the lineup, which features a mix of big names, ambient, dubstep, house, jam bands, and even trap. Of the standout artists, Desert Dwellers is set to return for a follow up to one of last year’s most incredible sets, and Liquid Stranger will also bring something for anyone that wants to hear bass loud enough to rattle their teeth. If you like house, make sure not to miss Christian Martin. Some of the other Dirtybird Records artists have had some killer performances at Bloom in the past couple of years, and this one should be no different. A few other big names on this year’s lineup include Shpongle, Keys N Krates, Nightmares on Wax (LIVE BAND!), EOTO, and Break Science.
One of the best things about Sonic Bloom is having the opportunity to fall in love with new sounds, so make sure to catch a few unknown artists while you’re there. If you are looking for some ideas, we made a more detailed list of some of the artists that we are most excited to see, so be sure to check it out here.
Visual Artists, Installations, and Performance Art
In addition to music, there is always an impressive number of visual artists, performance art and installations to see. This year, makesure to check out Gravity Glue’s incredible rock balancing formations, which he will be building on site at Hummingbird Ranch. There will be no shortage of fire dancers with names like Enrico SolRiso, Ishani Ishaya, and Lunar Fire on the lineup. If flames are not exciting enough, there are just as many aerial dancers scheduled to perform, including Denver’s very own, Sarah Mays.
One of the coolest things about the venue is the wooded area surrounding the Hummingbird Stage and the visual art that you can find among the trees. This year Rhadwood & Caro Caro will be painting their signature bright, trippy, intricate patterns, while H. L. Crawford will engage curious festival goers with his fantastical depictions of deities and monsters. If you take the time to check out the entire venue and appreciate all of the awesome art and performances to be seen there you will never be disappointed.
It’s easy to get caught up by the excitement of music and performance art and miss some of the speakers and workshops that take place throughout the day. These events are great opportunities to learn something new, about anything from nutrition to alchemy, and
since music festivals are not generally considered educational, you will be able to impress your friends and family with what you have learned! For example, if you are tired of not knowing what the Blockchain is, Nicholas Place should get you up to speed in no time. Also, if you get the chance, I highly recommend attending Jamie Janover’s talk to hear some really fascinating ideas about science and spirituality as well as to learn more about the Unified Field theory that Sonic Bloom is based on.
Despite the undeniable quality of the artists that will attend Bloom, this festival transcends its lineup every single year without fail because of the people that you will inevitably meet. Half of the Sonic Bloom experience revolves around the campground and the creek, where most people will spend the day trying to avoid the southern Colorado sun and recovering from the night before. The days at Bloom are typically super hot, but the silver lining is that it gives people plenty of time to get to know their neighbors and to make new friends, which is easily the most important part of the experience and the main reason that we keep returning.
If this festival sounds like fun to you, make sure to get yourself a ticket and join us in the Unified Field for what is sure to be another ecstatic and unforgettable experience.
About the author:
Hi, I’m Eloise. I just graduated from CU Boulder, where I studied finance and accounting. When I’m not busy trying to add up numbers, I’m most likely at a concert in Denver, eating ice cream, or playing with my cat.
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