Boogaloo Art Car and Music Festival is a new blip on the festival radar, taking place April 28 – 30th, 2017. Boogaloo is founded by The Dirty Beetles, who have been Burning Man outsiders for as long as they’ve existed. Their ragtag crew came together as a home for individuals too weird, too extreme, too wild or too dirty to find a home elsewhere on The Playa. Although it’s outside of the Pacific Northwest, we think that it’s one to keep in your sights for this year. Not just because every time a review of this festival comes around they all say that they basically couldn’t stop smiling all weekend, but because of this nutty lineup! They have pulled out the best of the old and new school, fusing old school house, world class turntablism, and of course the glue that keeps it all together, that FUNK! On the fence about travel? We outline the 5 best reasons to travel to this magical land and boogie with the Beetles crew. 1. The Venue: Located in Oak Canyon Park, right on the bank of Irvine Lake in Silverado, CA, the festival grounds are something to behold, a sleepy town which for the second year now will have thousands of eager festival goers pour in and breathe new life into this amazingly beautiful place. Festival aficionados will recognize this venue from the early days of Lightning in a Bottle and the now famous Dirtybird Campout (curated and hosted by the Dirtybird Crew, naturally), and can attest to the magic of these grounds. Not to mention the scenery makes the perfect backdrop for all that magic! 2. The People: It’s no denying that though the music is the focal point of the festival experience, it’s the people that bring it all together, and seeing the magic and happiness that radiates from every photo from this event, it’s clear the people love being there, and the organizers love their people. Photo Credit Betty & Kora 2015 3. The Art Cars Being that this is a burner invention, it’s only natural to have a couple of the hulking art cars that make the playa so special, including everyone’s favourite, Charlie the Unicorn, adorning the main stage. Hop a ride, make some magic, and have some fun with these unique inventions! 4. The Ticket Price Now it’s no secret that festivals are on the rise, making prices go up and tickets get more expensive, but with the early bird price so low after taxes, and with the price jump only being $20 USD between tiers, it’s a basic steal. For what you’re getting, it’s more than worth the travel. 5. The Music Impressively enough, this festival, being only in it’s third year as a full fledged multi day festival, has pulled out some majorly impressive names. From the old school house names like DJ Dan and Mark Farina, to the downright unbelievable turntablism styles of Z-Trip vs A.Skillz, returning favourites Chali 2na and his House of Vibe, and even some local PNW flavour with our boys Skiitour, Neighbour, and many more! Plus, with the festival ending at 11pm on Sunday, it means you can get a good sleep, and be great to leave Monday morning (theoretically!). The official website is here, go check it out and maybe get involved? So, what do you think? Is Boogaloo on your list this year? Any coastal friends planning to make the trip? Let us know in the comments! Jamie Gib 26 years old, with a voracious appetite for bass, dancing, all things art, and a flair for the dramatic, Jamie Gib grew up in the rave scene, having been introduced to electronic music in the late 90s as a small child from his cousin and he joined the rave scene in 2004, and never looked back, A DJ, Promoter, Go-Go Dancer, and writer, Jamie has made his mark on the Vancouver Island scene and beyond, having worked or attended 90% of the festivals on the Pacific North West and has no plans on stopping there. If there’s dirty house, drum n bass or glitch hop to be heard, you can bet he’s not far behind.