Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mysteryland USA 2015: Experience Holy Ground Camping

Mysteryland is a short few months away, and if you haven't secured your camping passes, well time is running out. With the news that the Holy Ground Camping is 70% sold out, comes along that ground camping already fully sold out. What's all the hype? Well for starters, in it's inaugural year was an unforgettable experience for those in attendance. This year is quite a bit larger, and has a lot in store for all festy goers. Here's a little bit of what to be excited for.

Within the camping grounds, 'The Holy Grounds,' there is an overall theme: "DoYaWannaDance". It is inspired by old school summer camps and classic games such as Giant Jenga, Giant Connect Four, Giant Battleshots, Giant Beer Pong, Giant Operation, Bounce House dodge ball, Hamster Ball soccer (!!), 20 foot inflatable slide... and much more!

There are options for camping on the Holy Grounds. You can bring your own tent, rent an easy pop-up that's all set up for you once you get there, or you can go VIP, the Bohemian Premium packages. This will include premium viewing areas at the Mainstage and the Big Top, private bathrooms, VIP bars and on-site camping in Premium Lodges, inclusion in all pre-parties. It's a pretty sweet deal, and to not have to set anything up when you get there is supper attractive.

Friday begin early exclusively for campers. You can expect music from the BangOn! NYC party bus, as well as Pineapple Paradise and the Camping Circus tent! Campers also get the privilege of getting an early start to every day with The Breakfast Club, hosted by 'Saved By The 90's'. This booze brunch will really rock it to you and wake you up.

On the camp ground there will be a large assortment of food and beverage vendors. You will be able to find vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free vendors/options. Be sure to find all your favorite munchies too, no doubt there will be grilled cheese.

ID&T has also spent a ton of money in infrastructure of the grounds as well. We're talking a 1/2 million worth in gravel roads, shower, drainage, parking, and mud prevention to name a few things. Alongside all the attractions will also be chilled out seating all over the camp ground, morning Deep House Yoga and spiritual workshops, and then late night Silent Disco sets. Best part is you never have to walk far to get anywhere at all. With the campsites and stages only a couples minutes walk away from each other, there is so much going on you will be able to end up places you never realized you would.

There is no question in my mind that if you are planning on going to Mysteryland, you should plan on making it your home for the weekend. It will be full of adventure and an awesome community.

Get Mysteryland ticket info HERE

Mysteryland USA 2015: Imaginations will Come Alive

Festival season has already kicked off in the USA, and it will soon be spring here in the North East. There is one festival coming up pretty early this season that is gearing up to be one of the biggest and most anticipated festivals this year. Taking place on the most well known historical music festival playgrounds and encompassing the same vibes of love, community, art and culture. I'm talking about the international sensation of Mysteryland.

Did I just step through the looking glass: Photo by Andrew Rauner

Definately did go through the looking glass: Photo by Andrew Rauner
Coming back for it's second year at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts over Memorial Day Weekend (May 22-24, 2015), ID&T's Mysteryland looks to be extremely intriguing. Even at first glance, there is something that pulls you in. Maybe a part of that is the historical event of Woodstock in '69. There is a huge emphasis on culture and art and the people that it's coming from. The announcement trailer helps give off that vibe, telling a story and then combining that with the music that we love and the energy we strive for. Check it out:

What we're seeing here is some of the best musical curators in the NYC area, where there is no genre bounds. Curators such as Webster Hall, BangOn! NY, and Verboten have brought the best of the best to our door step, both musically and visually. Last year boasted artists such as Kaskade, Paper Diamond, Kill the Noise, Showtek, Dillon Francis and so many more. We can't wait to see the full lineup as it's released. You can always get a taste of the different Mysteryland sounds on their Soundcloud.

Mysteryland also aims to create a community that allows festy goers to come together and "discover new boundaries and means of self-expression through diverse settings". What this means is more happening on the festival grounds at all times of the day. Some things that have been announced this year include 'Owari No Nai', a Japanese land filled with Geisha girls, sake and perhaps even some performances. Also announced is Verboten's Culture Series which will include Deep House yoga classes, trivia nights, burlesque shows and art exhibitions from popular and upcoming artists.

Hell Yes. Photo by Pearcey Proper

The feels are so intense! Photo by Pearcey Proper

Speaking of art, anyone that's been to Mysteryland or has just seen pictures knows who amazing the stages are. Fitted with lasers, towering sets with moving faces, fire works and so much more, experiencing live music with Mysteryland is like being sent to another place. This year's main stage will be debuted here in the US, and we are super stoked to see what is will look like. Also, speaking of art, the art program will be curated by Kevin Balktick. He is a Brooklyn-based producer who was been organizing art and culture experiments for over ten years. What can we expect? The sky is the limit with Kevin. Artists were encouraged to get in touch with the festival to get involved... so this may have been something you influenced. Check out that info here.

Holy Ground Camping tickets are currently 70% sold out... and you know camping is the way to go. Get ticket info and more info about Mysteryland USA 2015 right here.

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