A couple of weeks ago, I went to Coachella Weekend 1 with my brother. It was the first musical festival I’ve ever been to, and it did not disappoint. It was an amazing adventure with lots of good music, weird people and weird food (both good weird and weird weird), no sleep, lots of sand and dust and sunscreen, and enough memories for a lifetime.
I’ve been obsessed with Rocky Horror Picture Show since middle school, even though I didn’t actually get to go until I was 15. It’s such a fun experience, being able to scream-sing, rock out, and dress like the most glamorous space alien around. I have always loved the glitz and glam mixed with cult-classic punk rock aesthetic. The pictures and collage center around the process of getting ready for the show, and are all of my friend Sarah. Enjoy!
Fuji Rock is a music festival that doubles as a nature retreat. As a Californian that rarely sees lawns and lives that #droughtlife, I was in constant amazement at the lush green that is abundant on the ski resort that the festival takes place at. We spent our time accidentally hiking, eating squid on a stick, and rocking out, generally, and lucky for you I documented the whoooole thing.
Words and gifs by Alex Westfall
I traveled to Austin, Texas at the end of April for Levitation (formerly known as Austin Psych Fest). When my plane landed, my friends and I found out that the ENTIRE event was canceled due to weather at the festival site. Luckily, some of the artists were already in town, and we were able to see some of them play make-up shows in intimate venues around the city. Highlights from the weekend included a semi-surprise DJ set by the boys of Animal Collective at a tiny nightclub, seeing Twin Peaks from atop a stranger’s truck, and watching my best friend surf the crowd for the first time at a King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard show. This version of Levitation was awesome — we got to see some of our absolute fave bands AND explore such a rad city.
Words and photos by Madeline Keyes-Levine
Each year, the Indio-California music festival Coachella justifiably gets a bad rap. But, if you’re willing to brave the heat (and have some friends to insulate you against the bros and racist outfits) it can be a truly fun time full of amazing bands and great pals. There’s something kind of magical about being in the middle of the hot desert with terrible wifi and waking up with no plans except trekking out to see bands you love. Weekend 2 was a dusty three days of anti-Trump speeches, Prince tributes, and a surprising amount of glittery disco balls. ✿