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.
Image: Tony Edwards
Image: Tony Edwards
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