Fulfilling a festival’s potential is never an easy process. Obstacles will line the way, and it may take more than a few tries to get all of the nuts and bolts in place. No festival knows that reality more so than Sonic Bloom, who seems to have finally found their home base this past June during their 10th year anniversary. Driving along the dirt road to the festival, our vehicle turned into a spaceship, taking us to the alternate reality that is Sonic Bloom. Nestled in the mountains of Rye, Colorado, the new site simply outshines Bloom’s prior venues by a long shot, boasting shaded groves, a refreshing river and plenty of space for the festival to feel at home.
The plethora of chill zones, nests, meditation gardens and yoga coves were an incredible addition to the scope of Sonic Bloom in the past; when the sun came blazing up, campers left their tents to sprawl beneath the open sky.
Besides the multitude of sensory delights on display at this year’s Sonic Bloom, the festival won us over by curating top notch talent to bring an impeccable selection of beats all weekend. Blessed with several sets by Colorado natives Project Aspect and Unlimited Gravity, Sonic Bloom attendees had no problem groovin’ through the late nights and dancing til sunrise at the Hummingbird Stage’s Silent Disco.
Lying in the delicately woven nest near main stage was perfect for swaying in the breeze as headliners took the center, letting artists such as Shpongle, Sonic Bloom Orchestra and The Trancident blow us away with their unique compositions and collaborations. As the sun went down and the stars came out, we were taken away by the beauty of the music, the space, and each other. The forests lit up and hoops and poi came out to light up the sky. Sonic Bloom’s special focus on artistic and visual performers had us hypnotized at every stage – from dozens of silk aerialists to several fire dancers of every level.
Sub.Mission, the beloved dubstep collective based here in Denver, had their very own stage that catered to everything from nu-disco deep house by Rob Garza, to brain pulsing bass by Andreilein and glitch-hungry beats by Thriftworks. Tucked in the farthest part of the venue from the entrance, it truly served as our musical oasis all weekend long. Stumbling upon treasures like intricate rock gardens by Gravity Glue, whimsically hidden yoga domes and large yet cozy teepee’s, there truly was something to discover at every turn.
Witnessing the tremendous growth put in by the organizers and family that surrounds Sonic Bloom was powerful to be a part of – we can’t thank you enough for having us out this year to capture yet another weekend of blissful Bloom. Thank you for providing a space for us to create, celebrate, and unify the field within ourselves once more.