The Untz Festival – Mariposa, CA
When: June 3 – 4, 2017
Headliners: Liquid Stranger, Space Jesus, Truth, Eprom, Yheti, Shulump, Conrank, Tsurda, Sayer, Joyzu.
For those that want a festival with more underground artists, The Untz is the place for you. Attendees for years consistently praise the festival for the bassy lineup choices. Its lineup gives you a good dose of diverse, weird, spacey, and heavy bass. If you attended Shambhala 2016, some of this lineup will surely make you reminisce about wild nights at The Grove and Amphitheater stages.
One thing we noticed about this festival amidst our research is the amenities present in the festival grounds. Most camping festivals have limited, or pricey showering services. At The Untz, there are several free bathing houses throughout the facility, and even available on-site WiFi access.This festival is more of a walk-in style camping, but there are options available to park with your car for $100.
Early bird tickets are currently on sale, and you can get two day tickets for $100 before taxes. You can also purchase a two day pass that includes early arrival access for $149.60 after taxes. For more information check out The Untz Festival website.
Bass Coast Festival – Merritt, B.C.
When: July 7 – 10, 2017
2016 Headliners: Bleep Bloop, Ekali, The Funk Hunters, Greazus, Neon Steve, Machinedrum, Mat The Alien, The Librarian, Ski Tour.
Our brotheren to the north have a tendency to throw some great festivals. If you have attended Shambhala, or are interested in transformational style festivals, then this is a festival for you to check out. Bass Coast Festival’s intention for us as attendees is to introduce us to new things. It’s various curated stages evolve musically over the course of the weekend, with an emphasis on original compositions and live performances. Plus, we get to hear all of this musical beauty on the one and only PK sound.
Along with quality music, Bass Coast Festival includes a variety of workshops that focus on different elements of personal health: “the brain”, yoga and meditation, and movement workshops. “The brain” seeks to fill your knowledge, and covers topics from astronomy to ayurvedic cooking classes. You can also take part in interactive dance workshops, and “booty-bass” aerobics. They are even a consistent proponent for harm reduction–which is always a plus when looking into a festival. There’s a little something for everyone! Unfortunately, tickets for Bass Coast 2017 are sold out, but follow the Bass Coast event page on Facebook to keep an eye out for people selling tickets.
Movement Festival – Detroit, MI
When: May 27 – 29, 2017
Phase 1 Artists: Carl Cox, Audion – Live, Barclay Crenshaw, Jamie Jones, Adam Beyer, Orphyx – Live.
Techno often gets the least amount of festival recognition due to it’s lack of mainstream attention as a genre. It definitely takes a particular ear, and often looks beyond the drops and lyrics. For the last decade in Detroit, techno fans are able to unite in one place! Movement Festival gives you three full days to get in all the types of techno sounds you need.
The line up includes the legendary Carl Cox, along with Barclay Crenshaw, Claude Vonstroke’s alter ego. The festival crowd is known for it’s Midwestern charm, and non-pretentiousness. While there are some rough parts to Movements history, the sense of unhindered pride remains.
“Movement is a noticeably well-oiled machine that feels perfectly in tune with Hart Plaza, its long-time venue, and Detroit itself” – Resident Advisor Ltd.
While getting to MI can be a costly affair, Movement is partnering up with Delta for discounted reservations and ticketing for those attending from afar. Movement is also partnering up with Uber to provide easy, reliable rides to festival attendees. With six curated stages featuring unique showcases and over 100 performances, Movement is a tech-fanatics dream. You can purchase three day passes now for $175.33 after taxes. Layaway plans are also available starting at $91.33 for the first installment, and $77.50 for the second.
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