With mild temperatures and bright blue sky, the riverfront property of Carson Creek Ranch was positively idyllic for the first day of Euphoria Fest, the dance music festival that continues Saturday and Sunday. The crowd was young, the bass was mighty and the grooves were strong. Here are a few things we saw at the fest.
1. Fantastic use of color and light.
The stage design at Euphoria Fest is spectacular. There’s some next-level artistry at play. Colorful structures around the stages and above the crowds are designed to create beautiful light pictures after dark. The largest stage had giant circles on either stage with kaleidoscopic color wheels. The other big stage had a giant fox head with eyes that glowed at night. And at the Dragonfly stage, set in a natural amphitheater overlooking the river, lacy light patterns played across the woodland backdrop across the river after the sun went down.
2. That hoop life
Unsurprisingly, the Euphorian hoop game is strong.
And after dark it’s illuminating.
3. Euphoria Jesus
Rejoice sinners! Look who we found hanging out by the bar. He was actually begging off a young woman who was legitimately asking for personal salvation when we found him. He graciously diverted his trip to the bathroom (even the divine must relieve themselves, apparently) to bless us with a pic.
4. That hammock life
The Euphorian lounge game is also strong. There aren’t “chair people” crowding the outer edges of the stages at Euphoria Fest, although we did see a few air beds, but the fest has several built in chill zones including a few groves of trees that are strung with hammocks to help fest-goers recharge between sets.
5. Fairies, unicorns and assorted woodland creatures. There were plenty of fairies roaming the field, including Fairy Juju, who’s actually a professional fairy. (She also spreads magic at the Texas Renaissance Fest.) We also saw multiple unicorns, many women wearing bunny ears and at least two men roaming the field with fox tails tied around their waists for no apparent reason. Overall, there were significantly more mystical woodland creatures than you see at the average music festival.
6. Very progressive electronic music. The focus of Euphoria Fest is electronic music, dance bands with a healthy sampling of hip-hop added to the mix this year. But it’s not all thumping techno. Parisian artist French Kiwi Juice took the stage solo with a guitar, bass, saxophone, drum pad and two keyboards on stage. Sometimes he built the grooves live using loop pedals. At other points, he solo-ed over sound beds. Either way his forward-leaning mixture of jazz, R&B and house music was thoroughly enthralling.