Into the Forest We Go

Festival Babes finally got to attend one of our bucket list festivals this year, Electric Forest. This review was much awaited but this year our summer was so packed and things kind of got away from us. Anyway, you heard right…

WE WENT TO ELECTRIC FOREST.

Was it amazing? Yes! Was it exhausting? Yes! Was it worth it? 100% yes!

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Getting There

The beginning of this story did not start out magical, unfortunately. This is how it all went down: Our airline somehow lost our bags, our bags didn’t arrive until after the shuttle pick-up we had already paid for for the following day, aaand that was the only shuttle pick-up for that day…so we were basically stranded in Detroit Thursday morning when we were supposed to be on our way to Electric Forest. To say we were having a rough start to our journey is an understatement. We ended up renting a truck to fit our things since we all flew with our camping gear (check out our previous post about flying with camping gear) and after all the trouble we finally made it to the venue. 

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Getting In

We have been to a number of festivals both small and large, with very few actually being efficiently organized where you don’t spend hours upon hours to get into the venue and find your camping spot. We had intended on doing walk-in camping with our friends we were meeting so all we had to do was to park our rental car anywhere they’d let us in car camping and then lug our stuff to avoid being closed in or sent far away. I don’t know if we just got lucky with the time we got there Thursday afternoon or if everyone else did early arrival but when we pulled up to the “line” we got in almost immediately. We were ushered to the road that led to group camping and BAM, a spot right by the entrance. All that traveling, and finally we were in!

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Art/Interactive Areas

Electric Forest is about so much more than just the music. There is a whole forest that comes alive at night, just waiting for you to wander. It’s actually hard, with how good the music lineup always is, to establish a fine balance between dancing to sets and exploring the forest! We enjoyed finding the little fairy doors at the base of trees with hidden gifts inside, or spotting random telephones in the forest that you’re supposed to answer if you hear them ringing. Pro tip: Always answer the phone, you won’t regret it 😉  There were so many things we didn’t have time to do, like the scavenger hunt, and are definitely committing to that next time! 

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We loved finding a piano in the forest where random festival-goers could play whatever they’d like. On Sunday night one of us was wandering past the piano and discovered a bathtub set up on the other side of it. I swear we didn’t notice it all weekend, so who knows if it was always there or randomly appeared at some point during the weekend! The bathtub looked pretty cozy with pillows in it, so we just had to check it out. 

Other entertaining areas to check out at Electric Forest included the Hangar, which was this huge covered area that had mini golfing, ping pong, and bowling; it was like a festival-style amusement center! There was also a sound healing dome, however it always had a ridiculously long line so we never got a chance to experience that. Throughout the forest there were also huge statues of wizards, Mother Nature, umbrellas hanging, and colorful twinkling lights to make the forest look like a fantasy land.

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Music

So usually we’d do a breakdown of our favorite artists and diagnose their sets but honestly we saw such good music throughout the festival weekend that we don’t have the time to discuss every set (bravo Electric Forest!) but we will mention who are favorite artists are that we actually saw! Some artists whom we love we didn’t manage to see whether it be: they were on the other side of the festival and we were too tired to walk that way, they were at the same time as someone we hadn’t seen live before, or they were on so early in the day and it was too hot for us to be out there dancing. 

Favorites: Odesza, Alison Wonderland, Kygo, Nghtmre and Slander, Manatee Commune, and Seven Lions. Shout out to Crooked Colours and Shaed for us not being totally familiar with you coming into the weekend but being so in love by the end. And T-Pain…oh the nostalgia. 

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The Weather

Oh man, the weather. So being Northern California girls, summers for us are hot and dry and at night it’s comfortable, unless you’re in the mountains where it does get cold. Electric Forest is interesting though because for a Midwest festival in June you experience three things: spontaneous thunder storms, sunshine, and humidity. Thankfully, we are planners and prepared for the chance of muddy terrain and constantly feeling sticky from heat but it still took some getting used to! We brought fur coats thinking it may get chilly enough at night but nope, the humidity kept it just warm enough that we were running around with little clothes on 😝 The days got warm and humid early on and it actually stormed pretty hard one of the days, but our campsite was safe and none of our stuff got damaged. Biggest advice we can give is to plan for all weather types!

The Gorgeous Nightmare

We were so excited to represent one of our favorite clothing brands, The Gorgeous Nightmare, all weekend! We did a takeover on her Instagram story and wore her festival clothing for the festival. Out of all the festival wear we own, Gorgeous Nightmare’s sets and pasties definitely make us feel the sexiest while still being so comfortable and unique. Look out for our official blog post dedicated to her festival clothing brand!

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Final Thoughts

We had the most fantastic time at Electric Forest. It lived up to its hype and all the stories we’ve heard of other people’s experiences. It is a well set up and organized festival and we can see why so many people travel far (including us) to get to witness this lovely festival. The big 10 year anniversary is next year, and you already KNOW these babes will be there. Expect a full report on what new adventures we went on the next time, because we can only imagine what craziness they’re going to bring for the 10th year!

P.S. if you’re on the fence on whether you’d be interested, check out this now well known social media drone picture of just PART of Electric Forest. ❤ Happy Forest, y’all.

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How to fly to a festival with camping gear

Camping festivals are the best festivals. But it’s always been daunting to think of going to a camping festival in another state. How will I get all of my camping stuff there? Do I drive? Do I fly?

We finally faced our fears and decided to attend Electric Forest this year. We knew we had to camp, that would be half the experience. We immediately crossed out the possibility of driving all the way there (30 plus hours in a car one way, no thanks) and decided to book flights. A lot of stress and anxiety went into figuring out how to fly with our camping gear, so hopefully with this post we can save you from some of that.

Number one, be prepared to check in bags. We flew Southwest because they let you check up to 2 bags for free, and you have a free carry-on too. We needed as much space as possible to fit all of our stuff.

Secondly, I would highly recommend investing in a backpacking pack. Having that longer body allows you to fit bigger items like a tent, that otherwise wouldn’t fit in a normal suitcase.

I will warn you that you are going to have to compromise, there’s just no way to fit all of your normal luxuries when you are flying. For example, we love having a big rug and pillows for our camp space, and there’s just no way of doing that. We knew we weren’t going to have our cooking gear, so we were going to have to buy more meals in the festival. Figure out what your essentials are, and what things you can live without.

We ended up purchasing some new camping items that would be easier to compress and pack up. As much as I love sleeping on a big air mattress, that just wasn’t feasible for flying. We found a great inflatable sleeping pad on Amazon that packs up nicely into a small bag. It’s easy to inflate and inflates decently high so you definitely are off the ground. It’s comfy and affordable! We also bought portable folding chairs that also pack up into a small bag. I cannot recommend these chairs enough! They’re durable, comfortable, and perfect for festivals.

For luggage, we each had a backpacking pack, a suitcase, and a backpack as our carry on. In the backpacking pack, I fit the tent for my friend and I, the foldable chair, my sleeping pad, a towel, a tapestry, a fur coat, and a few smaller items in the pockets (led lights, fun things like that). My friend fit my blanket and our tarps in one of her bags since she didn’t have to make room for the tent. My suitcase had all my clothes (we were forced to pack light and not bring a million options like we usually do), a pair of boots, and toiletries. My backpack had another pair of boots and more smaller items like sunglasses, a fan, etc. We also carried on our parasols onto the plane in their little bags. PSA: you can bring a parasol on a plane as long as it doesn’t have a pointy end! We also wore a big coat on the plane that we wanted for nights at the festival, so we could save room packing. You could also do this with boots if you didn’t have enough space. Since we didn’t have room to pack a pillow, we brought those little neck pillows on the plane and just used those as our pillows for the festival.

We did have to buy shade and a cooler when we got there, since we couldn’t figure out a way to fly with those things. We also stopped to get sandwich stuff and drinks for the weekend!

Although we originally were going to take the shuttles, we ended up renting a car for the weekend, which made everything so easy, and I’d absolutely recommend that! We had a lot of luggage for a shuttle anyway.

Another alternative if you don’t want to try to fly with all of your gear is shipping some of it out beforehand! If you don’t have any friends in the area to ship it to, I’d recommend flying out a day earlier, and shipping to the hotel you stay at. Hotels will receive packages for you and hold them until you arrive (although you should check with your hotel before you try to do this!)

All in all, our camp turned out looking pretty good for having to fly with everything! See for yourself-

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Good luck!

~Simply Serenity~

This should have been done so long ago but this past month has been pretty hectic and this review/recap kind of escaped us. Apologies!

Our lady group was driving on a dirt road zigzagging through grassy hills, not entirely sure if we were on the right path, until BAM, we heard the sound of electronic music playing loudly in the distance and a box office in our view with people waiting in line. Serenity Gathering is a 3-day electronic music festival that occurred April 26-28th this year in the beautiful Woodward Reservoir, which is about an hour and a half southeast of Sacramento, California. The festival included a range of music from Troyboi, Yheti, to Kaminanda and an array of workshops to attend throughout the day.

We figured we would have to wait in a long line to get into the venue and have to fight for the size camp we needed, but we were actually shocked to find out neither were the case! We drove straight in with no backed up traffic, almost no line at the box office, and a great spot! While there were already plenty of people that had gotten in before us (they provided early arrival camping for an extra fee), our campsite was still only a mere 10 minute walk, if that, from the center of the festival grounds! We knew this festival was about small-medium size but were so happily surprised with how quick and easy everything came in terms of arrival and set up. The lake was only a couple camps over from ours, and we took full advantage of spending our afternoons relaxing in our floaties while enjoying some drinks.

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Something that my fellow festival babe and I do have to be honest about is the fact that there weren’t a lot of art installations or interactive art like we were anticipating. We are by no means throwing shade, simply just stating what we observed and what we wished there was more of. We have been to our fair share of festivals on both ends of the size spectrum and were definitely expecting more items that attendees could gawk at and/or climb on given the vibe that Serenity was promoting.

There were a few pieces, though, that we did enjoy! The first was a giant art car that was actually an old bus designed to look like a willow tree; you could actually climb up to peer out from a deck that was atop the car. There was also the Frick Frack Blackjack table where festival goers could play their hand at blackjack while using items they have on their person to use for bets (since they don’t allow any cash). I have to admit that was probably one of our favorite spots to be at since there were always people playing with such joy and excitement as more and more obscure items were brought on the table as the betting continued throughout the night.

They did do a good job with the stages! There were 5 stages each styled with very intricate designs and structures that promoted its vibe of music: Serenity, Psyrenity, New Moon, Heart of Serenity, and The Cove.

Serenity stage was the main stage and that is where the headliners of the festival performed, like Blunts & Blondes, Emancipator, and Mr. Carmack. What we liked about the Serenity stage was that it was big, had a great view of the other stages across the land’s many peninsulas, and all throughout the crowd there were flow artists moving to the music while their LED toys lit up the darkness. Of course our favorite headliners were Minnesota, Emancipator, Medasin and Troyboi; each had amazing sets that kept us wanting more, and we had a great time grooving to their energy regardless of whether we were front and center or in the back with the flow artists.

The Psyrenity stage is where, you guessed it, they had psytrance artists performing pretty much all day and all night, so there was plenty of music to go around. We aren’t big psytrance lovers so unfortunately we have nothing to report about that stage since we would only walk by it and never stayed to listen to any artists, don’t hate us! Haha

The New Moon stage was really dope. This stage played different types of dubstep and bass artists. What kept it interesting, besides all the bass heavy goodness, were all the fire dancers and aerial artists that would perform on their own side stages during various sets. One artist I did not know well prior to the festival was Tiger Fresh, and damn did he HIT IT, our group was getting down so hard to his set! Props to you man for getting weird and letting us feel those beats. I wish we had some pictures of this stage and the performers, but we were too caught up in the moment.

Heart of Serenity was another favorite of ours, with anything from experimental beats, psychedelic bass, to world singer-songwriters with haunting voices. The stage was set up more like a traveling performer’s tent with string lights hanging everywhere and foam pads on the ground, so if people wanted to dance barefoot they could do so without problems. Two artists who I’d like to give a shout-out to is Heather Christie and Arula, both I didn’t know about prior to attending, and their performances were so chilling and wholesome. They had the whole tent dancing freely and sensually to their sets. Another good point about Heart of Serenity was the fact they had many workshops held in it, making it a very relaxing yet engaging environment. From a relationship building class to a twerking class, there was plenty to learn, and many ways to open yourself up to new experiences and new people.

The last stage was The Cove, this stage played an abundance of house music and had a very mysterious yet appealing feel about it. We’re not sure if it was the moody lights or the fact it was tucked back on the left side of the festival grounds, but it always seemed to have many people dancing at any time of day. We never got a chance to check out The Cove since we don’t listen to much house music but there were some recognizable names on the schedule.

Another point we wanted to make was that considering this was a smaller festival, similar I’d say to Northern Nights, there weren’t many shop vendors or food vendors. What was nice was the fact the ice vendor also sold popsicles and iced coffee, which was much appreciated during the hotter parts of the day. Killa Dilla, the quesadilla extraordinaire vendor, was there whipping up insanely good ‘dillas into the late hours of the night. The water station was also very easily accessible and at the beginning of the festival grounds so the paths didn’t get too muddy.

Overall, the festival was a solid good time. The lake made for fun and relaxing afternoons with friends, and the festival’s smaller size made crowds nonexistent. This also meant no crazy lines when needing to use the Porto-potties, which by the way were always very clean and close by. Camp setup was not stressful at all and an easy walk from the festival grounds. There were no cops wandering through campsites making people uncomfortable. Everyone we encountered was very pleasant, friendly and open for conversation. The weather was never blazing hot nor freezing cold and most importantly there were different types of electronic music for pretty much everyone!

If you’re looking for a smaller electronic fest closer to you, if you live in Northern/upper central California, and need a body of water to relieve yourself from the warmer temps, this is a festival to check out. This is also a good festival to go to if it’s your first time going to an electronic festival, and even more so if it’s your first camping music festival, since it’s low-key and those with social anxiety won’t be overwhelmed. We hope this festival brings on more art installations so festival attendees have more to interact with, as well as get more food and/or shop vendors so there’s a little more variety in the future, but all in all our lady crew enjoyed our time and are happy we experienced Serenity Gathering for the first time.

New Convex Sounds

Alright everyone, we would like to do something new here at Festival Babes and start introducing you all to new tracks that we absolutely love.

There is no one better to kick this off with than Convex! His new track 4U is out today, featuring Jex Jordyn.

Convex (aka Zack Morgan) really took off after winning a spot at EDC Las Vegas through Insomniac’s Discovery Project in 2014. Since then, he’s played at events like Beyond Wonderland, Countdown NYE, and GrooveCruise. He’s primarily known for his melodic bass music, but what makes Convex special is his willingness to experiment and incorporate different genres into his music.

4U is no exception! The track is a great dive into glitch hop, featuring a funky beat and melodic vocals. Jex Jordyn really entrances the listener with her voice and just adds so much to this track. The song is upbeat, it’s fun, and it’s really well done.

Convex really delivered with this, and we can’t wait to see where he’s headed!

 

Check out 4U here:

Snowglobe 2018 Review

Snowglobe is probably the most unique festival I have ever been to. It’s a New Years Eve festival that takes place in South Lake Tahoe. What makes it so unique? It’s outside. All three days. In the snow. Which means getting creative with your outfits and preparing ahead of time so that you stay warm! (See my previous blog post for tips on how to prepare and dress properly) I loved seeing how crazy people got with their outfits, there were people in onesies, retro snowsuits, furs, shimmery glitter, and everything in between!

I still have yet to find a better way to spend New Years than in the snow, dancing, with fireworks going off in the sky.

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New Years Eve is always the last day of the festival, meaning sometimes the festival falls on a weekend and other times it’s in the middle of the week! This year the festival fell on a Saturday, Sunday, Monday which was pretty perfect. This was my third year going to Snowglobe, so I was interested to see if some of the issues I had previously encountered were fixed. A big issue I had with previous years was how disorganized it was entering and leaving the festival. The last couple times I went it was always just a mass of people trying to get in, with very disorganized lines and lots of people cutting. I have to say they vastly improved the experience of entering the festival. This year there were very clear lines laid out and metal detectors, which made the whole process of getting in go by faster. Keep in mind I skipped 2017, so some of this could have been fixed last year!

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Snowglobe is a pretty small festival space-wise, but that makes it pretty easy to split sets and jump stage to stage. The Main stage and Sierra stage are both outdoor stages while the Igloo stage is indoors. I spent most of my time at the Sierra stage which had all of the bass and trap artists. The Igloo is known for mostly having house artists. There were artists I wanted to see in the Igloo, but it was so packed every night that it was impossible to even get in most of the time, which was such a bummer. Even if you did get in, you were pretty squished, which isn’t how I want to see music. It reminded me of when the Sierra stage used to be covered and had that same problem. I hope Snowglobe will move toward making this another outdoor stage so everyone can enjoy the artists they put in there. Snowglobe does have other indoor structures so I just don’t really see the need to have an indoor stage!

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There was a food lodge and a drinks lodge (called the MTV lodge), and every time I went inside one of them, they were full of people sitting on the ground camping out (I assume because they were freezing haha). I appreciated that there were a lot of different places to get a drink (the drink lodge plus multiple outdoor spots to order drinks) because I never had to wait in line too long. My favorite was the hot drinks spot where you could order a spiked hot cider, hot toddy, or hot chocolate. That pretty much saved my life on Day 3 when it was the coldest and windiest. Warmed up our souls!

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So I’m going to lay out my favorite acts of the weekend, and then try the impossible task of picking one absolute favorite for each day, along with my surprise act of the day (this always goes to an artist I didn’t really have on my radar and played a great set!) Keep in mind this was so unbelievably hard to pick a favorite act of the day, but for some reason I thought it would be fun and I forced myself to, so go easy on me! I think my picks might be surprising since I didn’t really pick the huge names (which I wasn’t really expecting!). I also missed sets I wanted to see, especially if they were in the Igloo or earlier in the day (still crying over how early G-eazy was).


Top acts of Snowglobe 2018 (in no particular order): RL Grime, Big Gigantic, Ekali, Slumberjack, Nghtmre B2B Slander, Manila Killa B2B Chet Porter, Kaskade, Cray

Favorite Saturday Act: Big Gigantic             Surprise of the day: Party Favor

Favorite Sunday Act: Ekali                             Surprise of the day: Sam Gellaitry

Favorite Monday Act: Slumberjack             Surprise of the day: Medasin

I wish I could write about all of the sets I saw at Snowglobe as there were so many I enjoyed, but I’m going to try to limit myself to my top 3 favorites so that I can try to finish this review within my lifetime (and stay sane in the process).


Big Gigantic

If you have not seen Big Gigantic live before, then you really need to. What I love about this duo is they so perfectly mix electronic and funk music, that every set I see them just becomes a huge, funky, dance party. You can’t help but smile and have the best time at one of their sets. Dominic always plays the sax during their sets (just more reason to love Big G), and I have to give him major props for playing in that cold weather. It’s my absolute favorite when an artist or group can mix electronic music with live music like that. Their music is always big and thunderous; it’s addicting, it just invites you in. Big G is always full of surprises, and you honestly can’t put them in any one genre, you never quite know what they’re going to pull out next. During their Snowglobe set, they got down and dirty at times, throwing down some harder tracks. You could tell how excited the crowd got too, and I gotta say they did a great job at transitioning these tracks with their funky music.


Ekali

Full disclosure, I love Ekali, I will always love Ekali, he’s the freaking best. I’ve seen him so many times and will always go see his set at a festival no matter how many times I’ve already seen him. Not only is he just a good human who’s very open about mental health on twitter and very encouraging/grateful to his fans, but his music is so hard-hitting and fun to get down to. His music is trappy goodness where you’re just throwing down and getting grimy the whole time. This is a you-never-stop-moving-the-whole-set kind of set, trap music at its finest. He released some new remixes during his Snowglobe set and the crowd went freaking crazy for it. He really knows how to remix a song, but his original music is so good too, and I hope he puts out more of it. His new EP, Crystal Eyes, features some more airy music with really catchy lyrics, featuring some well-known female vocalists like Elohim and K.Flay. In my opinion these songs show a softer side of Ekali, and during his set, he manages to remix these songs so that they start off beautiful and then after the drop you realize they are complete bangers.


Slumberjack

Okay so I have been waiting to see Slumberjack for what feels like forever! I first discovered them back in 2016 when listening to artists on the lineup for Northern Nights. I put them on my playlist and was stoked to see them, but as happens often at music festivals, plans went out the window and I missed them. I’ve regretted it ever since and have been patiently waiting for my next chance. Slumberjack is a duo from Australia whose music (in my opinion) is always melodic, catchy, but then also unbelievably dance-y and hard-hitting. I love how they can combine two ends of the spectrum like that. They really experiment with their music and give it such depth. Their set was a great mixture of their own original songs and remixes they’ve done (that I had heard on Spotify and was dying to hear in person). I can tell you I definitely did not stop dancing during their whole set, and it was so fun being toward the front, watching them do their thing!  The energy was amazing and everyone needs to go see Slumberjack right now.


I also want to give a quick shout out to Manila Killa and Chet Porter for absolutely exhausting me with their set because I couldn’t stop dancing. They remixed all of my favorite songs and their set just made me so happy. It was just pure and good and absolutely worthy of a shout out! I didn’t give them my surprise act of the day because I already love both of these artists and knew without a doubt their set would be so fun!

And Kaskade is just always going to have my heart. I can’t tell you how much jumping up and down I did when he last minute got added to the lineup. I actually first discovered Kaskade years ago at Snowglobe, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Not much can compare to listening to his song Eyes in the snow…talk about MAGIC.

Okay I want to take a moment to comment on the shuttle situation at Snowglobe because boy have they STILL not fixed the same problems they have had for years. First of all, you have to pay extra for a shuttle pass, which would normally be fine except they don’t even check if you have a shuttle pass to get on the bus! Each time I got on, no one checked that I had a wristband, which made me feel like I completely wasted my money. The organization of the shuttles also leaves a lot to be desired. Each shuttle line was just a cluster of people all trying to shove their way on, with many people having no idea which shuttle went where. They need to have more clear signs, and more people working to organize the lines. The one good thing is I appreciated that they had two different shuttles this year (Yellow line and Blue line) rather than just the one to the casinos like they normally do. It provided more options for attendees. But the Yellow line just dropped off in a liquor store parking lot (with no signs anywhere) which was kind of weird and unofficial. So shuttles were helpful, but disorganized.

To bring this to a close, I had an amazing time at Snowglobe this year! Shout out to Above and Beyond for bringing in the New Year with some crazy fireworks and emotional songs. Even though it’s not really my kind of music, it was definitely memorable. And a thank you to all the new friends we made, you guys were the best! This was absolutely a festival for the books, and if you haven’t made it to Snowglobe yet, you gotta put it on your list! Now excuse me while I continue to revel in my post-festival  blues…

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How to survive Snowglobe

With New Years Eve quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about plans and where you’re going to spend it!

Hands down my favorite way to spend New Years has been at Snowglobe (I’m looking at you 2015 and 2016). It’s such a unique festival, being a winter festival in South Lake Tahoe! Most festivals are in the summer with warm weather, and I love how different this one is from all of that. Dancing outside in the snow surrounded by trees with fireworks going off is an amazing experience that everyone should have.

The biggest struggle of Snowglobe is figuring out how to dress for a cold weather festival so that a) you’ll survive through the night and b) you can still have fun with your outfits!

Each year I went to Snowglobe, I had friends complain about how cold it was and how they wouldn’t go back because of that. Now I’m the biggest baby when it comes to cold weather, and I’ve never had a problem at Snowglobe. In my opinion, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes! You have to bring the right kind of layers.

You need to start with a good base layer made of wicking fabrics. A wicking layer draws sweat and moisture away from your body, making it easier for it to evaporate. This is crucial so that sweat doesn’t freeze to your body! Since you’re probably going to be dancing at Snowglobe (you better be!), you’ll want this layer. This layer needs to be snug on your body to make sure it actually picks up moisture. For my base layer I usually choose something made out of polyester that’s like a spandex/athletic shirt. I really like this long sleeve from amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075VK9T4C/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This article was great  in terms of figuring out what kinds of fabric wick moisture and what the pros and cons of each were: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/underwear.html

Your mid layer is your insulating layer and provides warmth. It should be looser than your base layer so that it leaves insulating air between layers. A fleece works great for this and is pretty lightweight!

Lastly, you need a shell or outer layer. This is usually a ski or snow jacket that protects you from wind and water. This year for the first time I’m going to try a fur on one of the days, so stay tuned on how that works out for me.

This site does a good job of summing up the different layers if you want more resources:

https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/layering-basics.html

Other essentials you want to bring include a scarf, beanie, gloves, and wool socks! I would also absolutely recommend bringing snow boots or at least waterproof shoes. There’s a waterproof spray you can buy and spray on your boots! I tried that one year and it worked just fine, but I’d still highly suggest snow boots over everything!  If your feet get cold or wet, you are seriously done for. Bring extra socks in case yours get wet!

A lot of people swear by handwarmers also, so if you get cold easily, think about scooping up some of these! Bonus tip, you can put some in your boots if your toes get cold!

So basically, I will be wearing a long-sleeve, a fleece jacket, and either a fur or snow jacket up top. For bottoms I will be wearing leggings that wick moisture, fleece-lined leggings over that, and then a fun bright pair of leggings over that! You could also just wear snow pants if you’re really worried about being cold (I did that both years I went and it worked great!). Then I have gloves, beanies/headbands, and scarves to choose from! I’ll also be rocking some LED jewelry for extra fun.

It’s better to have too many layers than not enough! Remember that you can always take layers off if you’re too warm. But trust me, when the sun goes down, you’ll be so grateful to have all of them.

Lastly, don’t forget lots of glitter 🙂

Here’s some of my crew from Snowglobe 2016 featuring my bright red snowsuit I scored at a thrift store for $3 (which I absolutely will be wearing again this year!) Stay warm and have fun friends 🙂 Remember to follow us on Instagram @festivalbabes2 if you want to see our Snowglobe adventures!

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Update from Snowglobe 2018

I was more than warm enough each day following what is outlined in this guide! Day 3 was the coldest day so I wore my bright red snowsuit again with a snow jacket on top. Furs worked great the other 2 days though!

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Bassrush: A Review

This past weekend was proof that even when Jess and I don’t plan on going to a festival, we somehow still end up at a festival! You seriously can’t make this stuff up!

While visiting friends in Long beach for a much needed girls weekend, Jess and I were surprised with guest list spots for Bassrush, a two-day massive put on by Insomniac Events. Big shout out to our friend Marlee for making this happen for us! Bassrush occurs at the NOS center in San Bernardino and focuses solely on bass music (shocking, I know!) Not only is bass music one of my favorites, but I hadn’t been to an event like this in years, making me pretty excited to get to experience this!

Insomniac did a great job organizing this massive, making it really easy and painless to get through security and leave the event at the end of the night. There were also plenty of water refill stations, which is super important, especially at an outdoor summer event like this. I  never had to wait in line for food, drinks, or to use the bathroom! For the size of the event, I was pretty impressed!

After getting past security, we were immediately mesmerized by the fountains and water surrounding them; the water was almost shimmering from all the lights strung above and in the trees. It was simple, but so pretty to look at! I also loved the multi-colored light structures they had by the stages. I think they did a great job at keeping production simple but still having fun lights and structures! The most impressive part of production in my opinion was all the LASERS! They were beautiful and different colored and coming from every direction at some of the stages! So ridiculously cool.

 

Music-wise, I was so happy with this lineup! There were so many favorites on here that I ended up having to make some hard choices on who to see versus miss. This lineup had favorites like Minnesota, G Jones, Zomboy, Bleep Bloop, Yheti, 12th Planet, and so many more! I have to give it up to Adventure Club, hands down this was my favorite set of the weekend! Adventure Club was the group that originally got me into electronic music back in college, and I’ve never been the same since! This set was full of nostalgia as they played old favorites like “Gold” and “Rise and “Fall”. I loved how on songs like “Gold” they stayed true to the song by starting it out slow and stripped down with the vocals, eventually building it up to an amazing drop I could just lose myself dancing to. You could feel the excitement in the crowd building as everyone realized the song they were going to end their set with was “Crave You”! I think I speak for a lot of people when I say “Crave You” introduced me to Adventure Club, and it will always bring up all the feels. Adventure Club was a feel-good dance party from start to finish, and I was left feeling such a sense of euphoria.

 

My other favorite of the weekend had to be G Jones. I’ve seen G jones a few times now, and I feel like each time he still somehow manages to surprise me with his set. This time around, (maybe it was just because I was riding the rails) it was the most bass in my face set I have ever experienced from him. The bass was vibrating through my body to the point where I just felt frozen in place, with a permanent stank face on. The whole time I was thinking, yup, this bass is swallowing me up. I felt like I could stay lost there forever, without really knowing what time it was or where I was, completely taken over by the bass. Thank you G Jones for such a memorable set!

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I have to mention DC Breaks as they were my surprise of the weekend! I had never heard of them before, but they ended up being a really fun drum and bass sound. Highlight of the set was when the singer made eye contact with me, jumped down right in front of where I was standing, and handed me the Titos bottle he was chugging from! Too funny!

 

Bassrush was such a fun event with beautiful people in attendance! Everyone was so nice, and I always felt like I had enough room to dance and move around. No one was pushing or shoving to get to the front, which can be so prevalent at EDM events. Great job to Insomniac for putting on such a fun event with a dope lineup! We had the best time dancing and headbanging to the point where we were all sore the next day. One for the books!