There’s no hiding the fact British Columbia is home to some of our favorite music festivals. With a seemingly endless list of events to pick from each summer, you can chart a road trip and attend a new festival practically every weekend. While The DMNW crew is no stranger to events like Shambhala or Bass Coast, we’re always looking to add new events to our calendar. For 2017 we saw quite a few events for our first time, and the final one on our list certainly made a lasting impression.
Back in April when we first caught glimpse of the MoNo lineup we couldn’t help but feel like this was our year. After hearing so many great things about the festival and spending a few nights watching videos we decided 2017 would be the one. With a move to a new date this year in hopes of avoiding rain and hotter weather, Motion Notion would start just 2 weeks after Shambhala. Held just outside beautiful Golden, B.C. the drive alone was worth it, taking us through some of the most scenic roads in the PNW. As Canada’s longest running psytrance and bass music festival, Motion Notion returned for their 18th year and was the perfect way to cap off our festival season.
When we arrived, one of the first things we noticed about the festival was how welcoming it felt (Shocking right?!). It’s a relatively intimate sized festival when put up to some of the areas other big names, but delivers a massive and diverse lineup of talent. Camp never felt too crowded and the 3 main stages had plenty of room to dance. A walk through the festival grounds also yielded a different crowd than we’re used to, as MoNo is an all-ages event. We’ll have to say at first we were a little shocked, but then noticed how it completely changed the overall atmosphere of the event. The vibe was warm, happy, and welcoming. Everyone was respectful and conscious of their surroundings and the environment was everything we’d want from a music festival.
As day turned to night the stages kicked into high gear and the adults came out to play. Located in the center of the festival grounds was MoNo’s main stage, The Temple. The stage featured a fully projection mapped facade, lasers and of course…PK Sound. This was the place to get your funk, house, and trance fix all weekend and we certainly got a healthy dose of it all. The Temple was host to the likes of Avalon, The Funk Hunters, Smalltown DJs, Marten Horger and more. With so much to look at while dancing we often found our eyes wandering and checking out the ever-changing scenery.