» A-List photos: Euphoria Fest
Music, mindfulness, and kaleidoscopic color: this is Euphoria Fest.
Held just outside of Austin’s city limits at Carson Creek Ranch, Euphoria Fest celebrates its fifth anniversary this weekend with EDM headliners Bassnectar, Dillon Francis, GRiZ, Eric Prydz and many more. The four day music and camping festival encourages fans to “live in the moment” and “find your Euphoria” through the transformative power of music.
With three stages (Euphoria, Elements and Dragonfly), the festival has a little bit of everything, featuring a range of DJ’s, jam bands and even hip hop. Rapper Azizi Gibson was a Saturday standout for his palpable energy – perhaps due in part to the fact that this was Gibson’s first festival gig. Nevertheless, his raw talent and passion shone through.
Other Saturday performance highlights included Branchez from NYC who spun an eclectic mix of hip hop, dance music and R&B, closing his set with a brand new remix of Wet’s “All The Ways” which he played live for the first time at Euphoria. Fist-bumping the air, jumping around stage, and gesturing to the crowd, Branchez wasn’t afraid to show how into the music he was.
Seven-piece funk band Lettuce delivered some serious grooves with their mix of blues, psychedelia and jazz, while GRiZ kept the good vibes rolling with his soulful blend of dance music. Then the main act of the night, Bassnectar shut it down with a 90 minute dubstep set.
Beyond the stages, Euphoria Fest is outfitted with hammocks for napping, face-painting, visual arts, and graffiti walls for selfies and self-expression. On a chalkboard wall someone wrote “now’s the time you get to be free.”
For those camping there’s a ‘movie theater’ that plays classic films into the early morning hours, plus yoga classes and workshops ranging from meditation to stilt-walking (for however you wish to reach a higher elevation).
Once the sun went down, the ‘euphoria’ truly started to kick in, as the festival grounds transformed into a light show. Glowsticks emerged, costumes became illuminated, hula hoops glowed, and the freedom the festival encourages became magnified under the setting of the night sky, when all there was left to do was surrender to the music.
Freelance writer Gillian Driscoll contributed this report