Bass Coast is the beautiful Festival for underdogs

Justin Martin’s 3-hour set on Sunday afternoon at the Slay Bay stage was easily a highlight of the whole weekend. The energy of the crowd was infectious from start to finish, and Martin’s ability to seamlessly navigate through his multi-genre influences was impressive. The Shah DJs crew also held it down across the festival at the same time on Sunday. Each of the crew’s members brought their own signature flair to the 3 hour set, which travelled through the drum and bass–halftime–dubstep spectrum and back again.

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Written by :  Kate Webster

Photo credit : Joffrey Photo

From Burning Man to Afrikaburn

Buy your copy of TRANSFORM here; documenting the world’s most awe inspiring transformational festivals, including Afrikaburn and Burning Man.

As a dedicated attendee of Burning Man, for me Afrikaburn has always necessarily had an element of comparison to the mothership in Nevada.

“It’s like a smaller, less overwhelming Burning Man,” or, “it’s just like Burning Man but a little less deathy…” (the extreme weather at Burning Man mixed with large moving vehicles, huge things to climb and intoxication adds near death edge to everything there.)

However, what I’ve realised is that comparisons between them are pointless. Because what is truly amazing about both is that can you find the most beautiful, open and giving community where you instantly feel at Home, whoever you are. My experiences at Afrikaburn have always revolved around that community of incredible people who I met at every step along the way.

The brilliant geeky balloon man who let me hold his string of hundreds of balloons, feeling the tug of the erratic African wind from the bobbing balloons caught high in the thermals.

The wine and cheese providers who laid on outstanding cheese and balsamic vinegar canapes at the outer limits of town while the sun set, painting the sky with the most mind blowing deep reds and pinks like I’ve seen nowhere else in the world.

And of course my beautiful wife, who I asked to marry me on our way to Tankwa Town for the first time, and sealed the deal there in a suitably silly ceremony a year later.

And when it comes down to it it’s these experiences which makes Afrikaburn, Burning Man, and all transformational gatherings, so mind blowing. Not the massive lasers, or the bone shaking sound systems, or even the extraordinary mind bending art. It’s the sheer human dedication, creativity and kindness which has come to create these things and so deeply permeates the community there, something that is particularly apparent at Afrikaburn.

And it’s these aspects which leave attendees enriched and inspired, creating a spark which they take out into the default world and, I believe, can incrementally make our planet a better place. And it is these aspects which the TRANSFORM Festival Journal aims to document and help spread to new audiences in order to amplify these incremental changes into the bigger ones which we so badly need.

 

Written by : Lachie Gordon Athié

Photo credit : Lachie Gordon Athié

The Transformational Effect of Dance and Trance at Origin Festival

One of the most inspiring things about transformational festivals is the feeling of connection and unity with fellow festival goers. It’s something rarely felt in the default world – something closely shared with strangers, a mutual understanding and trust which allows for free flowing creative expression and radical inclusion.

And nowhere is that unity more keenly felt and cultivated than the on electronic music dance floor. For tens of thousands of years humans have used repetitive beats to bring people together to dance and shake their bodies, often entering into a trance like state where every day worries melt away.

At Origin festival, the chosen repetitive beat is Psychedelic Trance. There is nothing like the energy on a proper trance floor. All of those feelings of unity and oneness are plain to see as thousands of people move like one organism, pulsing to the beat as waves of the 140BPM gallop wash over them.

Photo credit : Aumega Photography

Article by : Lachie Gordon Athié

The Road to Eclipse

Noisily Co-founder Charles shot and put together this beautiful video of our journey up from Reno to the Eclipse festival.

Transformational festivals are often held in stunning remote locations, and the Oregon Eclipse was no exception. Setting an event in such a hard to access spot as the Big summit prairie has a kind of filtering effect on the crowd, only the dedicated make it and it sorts the wheat from chaff. Only those who really want to experience what the festival has to offer make it, and it can have an amplifying effect on the vibe of the event.