Vertex Festival is quickly approaching and with so much magic scheduled to go down in the beautiful mountains of central Colorado, we decided to throw together a list of 7 happenings we are NOT going to miss out on next weekend. Don’t forget to jam our specially curated Vertex Festival Playlist while you read about all the amazing things happening at the first ever Vertex Festival in Buena Vista, Colorado, August 5-7th, 2016.
[Take a Field Trip with the Squad]
When was the last time you and your friends went on a field trip together? Vertex is offering different day adventures all weekend long, including awesome white water rafting packages, a hike and ghost town expedition, a disc golfing course as well as a day in the beautiful downtown of Buena Vista, Colorado. If you feel like getting some outdoor action in at Vertex to fully take advantage of the nature around you, check out the full field trip details here and make sure to sign up before they fill up!
[Spend your days at the beach]
Vertex just announced their full schedule, and included in it, is a daily beach party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Each day features unique sets from all different spectrums of artists attending the festival. We are extra excited for Saturday’s DJ ZJ B2Beach set Feat. Jesus and Zoidis of Lettuce from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., which is sure to be one for the books. We are loving this growing trend of combining music + water for day time shenanigans to go down at music festivals. There’s not many ways better to start a day in our books!
[Catch all of the big names]
Vertex did a stellar job on their lineup selection for this Colorado festival’s inaugural year. With two sets from the legendary Trey Anastasio Band, the powerful Alabama Shakes, funk masters Lettuce, Gramatik, Odesza, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, The Revivalists, Seven Lions and so many more. Whether you have seen any of these bands ten times or zero times, this lineup guarantees 100% satisfaction from fans new and old. What we especially love is the diversity of this lineup from all out jam band, americana, folk, psychedelic rock, bluegrass and all sorts of electronic music to satisfy every attendee’s musical tastes.
[Multiple Fruition sets]
I might be biased because I just spent two years in Portland where Fruition hails from, but these talented cats are on a non stop roll of beautiful music and vibes. With the release of their latest album “Labor of Love,” the quintet has taken their American core sound, along with those signature bluegrass, jam and folk vibes and fully blossomed their sound to cultivate an enrapturing, fearless and sophisticated self-produced album. We were stoked to see them on the lineup for Vertex, but when the schedule showed FOUR different sets throughout the weekend including one with Yonder Mountain String Band’s Allie Kral on Sunday evening. If you are into any of the musical genres listed above and haven’t seen Fruition yet, you are going to want to catch one, if not all, of their sets at Vertex.
[Explore the infinite beauty of the grounds]
Vertex Festival came out of nowhere and whenever there is a brand new festival, it takes a lot to muster the motivation, money and energy it takes to assemble a crew (or yourself), plan for the adventure and make the journey. When we saw Vertex’s announcement, however, there was hardly any hesitation about making it to this festival. What really stood out, was the location. Smack dab in the middle of the Cottonwood Meadows, just a mile from downtown Buena Vista, our playground for the week is among our longest and dearest friend, Mother Nature. There are FIVE different beach areas set up by the creek, endless outdoor activities to fully immerse yourself in the land and 360 degree views for DAYS. Seriously, we are expecting some serious nature connection, inspiration and cleansing in this superb gathering space.
[Emerging artists not to miss]
Among the other incredible names on this bill are so many acts you will not want to miss. Rüfüs Du Sol, Big Wild, Jai Wolf, Houndmouth, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Dreamers Delight and Head for the Hills are just a few we are extra stoked about. All are creating unique sonic waves for us to frolic through all weekend whether in the Meadow, by the Creek or at the Princeton Garden. Be sure to check out any names that call to you and be sure to follow the sounds of the festival if you hear something that makes your heart sing. Discovering new music with new friends in new scenery is probably the best thing you can do for yourself!
[Silent disco all night long]
Whether you’ve exhausted your dancing soul for the night and need some rest, or you are full of energy and don’t want to stop, the silent disco is the perfect solution for both of these situations. For those of us who enjoy a peaceful night of sleep under the stars, there won’t be music blasting until 6 a.m. to keep you up and for those of us who don’t want the music to stop, boogie on over to the silent disco nighty for the late night action. With the freshest DJ’s and producers on the decks all night, you are bound to find exactly what you’re heart desires.