Dancefestopia was a lot like the first time you go mudding with your friends. You’re really excited to go and while you knew it was going to be muddy, you weren’t quite aware of how muddy. Regardless, you’re with your friends and having a great time despite the fact that your feet are soaked and you have mud splashed on your face. This was how I took Dancefestopia. It may have been a little miserable in some ways, but in other ways it was every bit of fun I expected.
I met people that came from all over for this festival. I met a guy that had driven over 20 hours from Canada, a girl that had been to 15 festivals just this summer, and vendors that had traveled to Ohio, Colorado, and then to Missouri for this festival. These people were true troopers considering when you pulled into the mud hole of a parking lot the attendant told you “don’t stop, don’t let off your gas, or you will get stuck”. That being said, this was a camping festival, so not only were people’s cars stuck out in the lot (due to watching too many car movies probably), but these people were camped out in this mess and I still did not hear one complaint. Day one even resulted in the festival being evacuated due to weather, but as soon as the grounds opened back up everyone was right back out there for Excision.
In addition to getting to see some amazing artists, fans also got to meet some of them as well. Every night, the festival had an area where you could wait in line to meet artists, get photos, and even get your butt signed if that’s really what you wanted. It was set up pretty similar to the meet and greets at the Vans Warped Tour where there was a board with a list of times and artists and a tented area. Above is a meet and greet with up-and-coming DJ Nghtmre following his set. This area throughout the weekend included Adventure Club, Borgore, RL Grime, Griz, and many many more. There are not many festivals that give you this kind of opportunity.
While it was definitely the messiest weekend festival I attended this year I would say it was an experience I needed. The people that are willing to stick out festivals like this, artists that are willing to play them, and staff that are willing to keep it safe are some incredible human beings. Not every festival has to have VIP air-conditioned areas. Honestly, now I know they don’t even have to have dry ground. Although thankfully for the last two days they had been covering most of the mud with bales of hay, some of which became perfect seats for the show (seen above). This was Dancefestopia’s fifth anniversary and I hope it is one that sticks around for a few more years.
You can check out more photos below and view the full gallery here. [flickr_set id=”72157673720530946″]