Components Competition in 2018 was one of the best pageant I’ve ever attended in my life. That is massive contemplating I’ve been all around the world and attended the largest and greatest festivals together with Burning Man, Oregon Eclipse, Mysteryland, and Holy Ship in addition to the smaller boutique festivals like Camp Bisco, Minus Zero, and What the Competition. Whereas I put Components within the smaller boutique pageant bucket, they pulled out all of the stops this 12 months. I skilled micro-moments that have been so profound I nonetheless am glowing once I consider them.
The grounds have been immaculate with the infrastructure to tug off a multi-day, multi-genre occasion boasting greater than seven levels of music. The primary Earth stage was massive and exquisite, and I caught units from Charles the First, Troyboi, Minnesota and Rezz. The music and manufacturing worth have been spot on. The stage mapping and visuals have been appropriately positioned, and Rezz blew my thoughts along with her visuals of palms pushing by the display screen from behind. The Air stage was nestled within the forest the place I discovered myself in a treehouse for the higher a part of the night in what I referred to as the VIP- All Entry Tree Home Spot. Subsequent to the crystal clear lake, you may discover music taking part in from the Water stage in the course of the hottest of the times and at last at evening should you have been slightly chilly you may head to the hearth stage the place Claude Von Stroke and Chris Lake would maintain you dancing all evening lengthy. Different levels of notice have been the Alchemy Stage, Porch Stage, and the Fitness center. These late nights on the Porch have been otherworldly particularly in the course of the NYC Sermon takeover.
The sleeping scenario at Lakewood was one of the best I’ve ever had. We sported a personal cabin with 16 of our associates piled in and rattling completely satisfied about it. When it rained…nobody complained….okay the occasional mud feedback however that was about it. Within the cabin, we loved an AC unit that saved us cool and dry and really very snug. My whole crew was at a pinnacle of bliss for over 48 hours. Micro-moments of notice embrace: sitting on our cabin porch Saturday evening heat and cuddly and uncontrollably laughing for an hour whereas folks watching because it started to drizzle, going out Sunday at 6 pm and coming dwelling because the solar rose when have been weren’t even making an attempt to remain out late, getting a lightweight present and connecting with my associates on a deeper degree, placing my mind on blast by sitting at an artwork exhibit the place they connected a tool to my head and projected it, when camp counselor, Rawb Lane confirmed up on my porch dressed as Peter Pan telling me to “by no means develop up, but additionally clear up,” and at last the Burning Man digital actuality expertise…once I was just a bit bit too wobbly for it. GREAT GREAT TIMES.
The Components crew have completely blown me away with the excessive degree of manufacturing, vibe, and neighborhood they’ve inbuilt these final couple years. The weekend was distinctive and can maintain me reminiscing all summer season lengthy.
Images by Ashlyn Fulton Photography