A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of attending Art Outside with my best friend, Megan, and boyfriend, Ross. This would mark our first "legit" camping festival together, and we couldn't have been more excited.
The festival took place at Apache Pass in Rockdale, Texas, the same venue that previously hosted Nocturnal. Being an all-ages event, we didn't know what to expect. Luckily, the festival was set up in a way that allowed campers to roam in and out of festival grounds however as they please, bringing whatever they please, all within a 5 minute or so walking proximity. This was pretty nifty. In the most hypothetical sense, a group of sly young adults could backpack a 6 pack and a few Cohibas and not have to worry one bit. Seeing as how uptight security is at most music festivals nowadays, this added feature of convenience was a mega plus to the entire experience.
The art displayed throughout the festival was absolutely incredible. Some of the art seen included massive art installments, interactive sculptures, live artists painting alongside live djs, and many more. The enchanting, thought provoking, and bizarre displays led me to a whole greater appreciation for artists.
The following are close up images of one particular artist's work by the name of Christian. This humble young man is simply brilliant.
Although few of the headliners rang a bell, the wide array of musical talent present throughout all 3 days was incredible. Polish Ambassador's set was breathtakingly beautiful.
Don't let their age and hair fool you, these kids have MAD talent. We were so gracious to have stumbled upon Residual Kid when roaming around Day 2 of the festival. Here's the crew jamming out to my personal favorite, Faces.
Check them out here: http://www.residualkid.com
Aside from all the lovely sights and sounds within the festival grounds, there was an undeniable sense of community amongst all attendees outside the music and mayhem. The people were some of the most incredible, kind-hearted, and open-minded individuals I've across in a long time. The festival's "Pack it Out, Pack it Out" policy was generously adopted by most attendees, as we noted it was rare to spot a piece of litter on the ground. Recycling and trash stations were set up and color coded to promote conscious waste disposal. On several occasions, you could spot multiple patrons picking up after one another. Also notable was the FREE solar powered cellphone charging station! It was clear all those involved in the planning and execution of the festival made sure to spread environmental consciousness and promote good vibes to all lucky festival-goers. From sharing bbq with our neighbors to huddling around a dimly lit bbq pit at night to stay warm, the sense of community that had developed within 3 short days was something truly remarkable. I encourage you all to attend a camping festival of some kind before you turn 25. It will be a life changing.
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