When it comes to planning your summer festival agenda, it can be difficult figuring out which ones to squeeze into those precious months of off-time, and with so many fests popping out of the woodwork, it’s harder than ever to make a choice. But that’s where we come in; as festival hopping, music junkie pro’s, we’ve got the details covered for where to plan your next party with your good vibe tribe this Summer! Keeping that in mind, we’re here to tell you all about WHAT THE FESTIVAL. WTF is literally a ‘festival playground’ for adults, and while this might be a pretty bold claim, we think you’ll change your mind once feasting your eyes upon What the Festival’s stages, attractions and amenities.
Read on as we present to you our top five reasons we can’t wait to hit WTF this Summer. It isn’t too late to join the party – snag your passes via the official website here.
The Illuminated Forest
The mystical tales of What the Festival’s Illuminated Forest have been spread far and wide and for good reason. Curated by Ghost Stag Productions, every year the Illuminated Forest is brimming with a variety of imaginative and whimsical surprises that wow even the most seasoned partygoer, giving you the endless bounty of creativity that you truly crave at a music festival. Check out a recap of last year’s Illuminated Forest here and prepare your feels.
With enticing artists such as tropical house king Thomas Jack, melodic bass swooners Odesza, Big Gigantic, Rob Garza and more rocking the line up, we anticipate burning through the soles of our dancing shoes. In case you want to keep your body groovin’ outside of the dance floor, WTF caters to all of your creative quirks when it comes to the variety of Movement Classes on-site. Learn the art of contact staff by Ultimate Ninja flow arts winner Tyler Spades, or embrace your ever-lovin’ derriere with Heather Craig’s Booty Luv; a workshop that combines Pilates, yoga, barre, and kickboxing! But wait, there’s more! There will be a smorgasbord of breakdancing, cat walk, tutting, hooping and more classes!
You already know about WTF’s scenic views, incredible music and inspiring art, but we know something you might’ve not heard about: What the Festival is also home to the largest disco ball in North America! When you see the ball shine, you know that the best part of WTF is officially underway: the late night silent disco parties. Taking place from midnight to 4am, the lineup for last year’s Silent Disco was bonkers, and with Silent Frisco behind the wheel, there’s no telling what fun and surprising acts will take the stage at this year’s Disco. Silent Disco announcements are usually posted by early June, so make sure to stay tuned in for updates!
Aching for some chill time in between dancing your face off during WTF? Catch your breath and enjoy a movie under the stars at the Decked Out Cinema, a chill zone that goes on each night until dawn and features short independent films from around the world. Looking for something a little more lively? The Shinto A Go-Go is the place for you, an epic teahouse lounge that offers late night DJ sets as well as sunrise performances to lull you to sleep. Or maybe you’re questing for some sweet, sweet, shisha – hit the Cashbah Hookah Lounge to get your fill and unwind with friends in a nicely shaded grove of trees just outside of the Illuminated Forest.
We couldn’t truly express how psyched we are for WTF without describing the dopeness of the festival’s Pool Party! Equal parts stage and oasis, WTF brings the world’s largest temporary wading pool to Wolf Run Ranch every year to combat the sunny rays we soak up throughout the hot days. Thomas Jack will be hosting his very own ‘Tropical Pool Party’, a match made in heaven for those who can’t get enough of the ‘tropical house’ sound that’s exploded onto the scene last summer, making for perfect pool party vibes!
If reading through our top five reasons to hit WTF hasn’t gotten you scrambling to buy your passes now, peek the video recap from last year’s shenanigans and get ready to swipe your credit cards. See you all on Wolf Run Ranch in June!