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Symbiosis Gathering, California

WHERE: Woodward Reservoir, Oakdale, California
WHEN: 17th - 20th September 2015
WEBSITE: http://www.symbiosisgathering.com
COST: Click the link below for full ticket details
TICKETS: Click here to buy tickets




Line Up

ASTR
Acid Pauli
Ajja
An-Ten-Nae
Andreillen
Antix
Ardalan
Bleep Bloop
Blond:ish
Bob Moses
Carbon Based Lifeforms
Christian Martin
CocoRosie
Coyote Kisses
D-Nox
D.V.S.*
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons
Desert Dwellers
Dimond Saints
Dragonfly
Dub Kirtan Allstars
EOTO
EPROM
ESTA
Emancipator Ensemble
Emok
Extrawelt
Fanna Fi Allah
Filastine
Four Tet
GMS
Gaiser
Ganga Girl
Gladkill
Griz
Hamsa Lila
Ibeyi
J.Phlip
Janover & reSunator
Justin Martin
KMLN
Kalya Scintilla & Eve Olution
Kaminanda
Kaytranada
Liberation Movement
Little People
Max Cooper
Minnesota b2b G Jones
Mumdance
Nickodemus
Nicolas Jaar
Pantha Du Prince
Perfect Stranger
Plantrae
Quantic
Rampa
Random Rab
S-Type
Shpongle (Raja Ram)
Stella Mara
Sylvan Esso
The Acid
The Human Experience
The Librarian
The Polish Ambassador
The Scumfrog
Thriftworks
Tipper
Tone of Arc
Tristian
Truth
Tune-Yards


Review

Question: How do you get over the post Burning Man depression?

Answer: Dance all night and swim all day with a few thousand of your new best friends.

Symbiosis Gathering 2013 lake
This perfect combination of all night music and a gorgeous lake highlighted an epic five days at Symbiosis Gathering. Symbiosis was held in Oakdale, California, a mere 90 miles southeast of San Francisco. The event was very family friendly and even had an area called “Kidsiosis,” which had activities for kids and their parents.

Symbiosis Gathering 2013 art
Throughout the weekend, attendees experienced a myriad of lectures led by leaders in the field, art of all shapes and colors, yoga, and more music than you could imagine. With up to six stages going at once, the festival had a wide variety of music to choose from. Each stage had its own look and feel to it but they all shared one thing in common - above average to perfect sound.

The crowd is as close to the “Burner” crowd as you will find, which means they are festival professionals. Everyone is approachable, open, cleaner than other festival goers, and they dance their asses off. They also know how to simply chill and relax, as the lake was filled with people hanging out and soaking in the good times and sunshine.

The big act of the weekend was STS9, who delivered a mind blowing set, as usual. Other highlights of the weekend were VibeSquaD, Pumpkin, Russ Liquid, AN-TEN-NAE, Michael Menert, and Love and Light.

Along with all the good, there were definitely some areas where Symbiosis dropped the ball. The program was 30+ pages and it made finding out who was playing at each stage very frustrating (it was also a big waste of paper). The schedules also didn’t arrive until late Thursday night, which caused attendees to miss some of their favorite artists that day.

Symbiosis Gathering 2013 sunset
Overall it was a fun festival to attend, so make sure to look into it next year. Symbiosis changes location every year, but you can always count on music that goes all night, lots of beautiful art, and a crowd that you will love.

Review & Photos: Tucker Gumber aka ‘The Festival Guy’
www.thefestivalguy.com


History

A collaboration of insomniacs and mad scientists on a mission to create massive, mind-bending atmospheres, Symbiosis sets out to revel in the absurd nature of the human paradox. It is a social experiment founded on the five Rs of ecological living– Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect and Restore–participants shared a deep commitment to creating a green gathering on every possible level.

Since 2005, Symbiosis Events has earned a worldwide reputation for delivering transformational peak experiences through a fusion of nightly art and music mixed with daytime workshops for mind, body and beyond. Past Symbiosis Gatherings in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Angels Camp, and Yosemite National Park and recent Solar Eclipse Gatherings in Pyramid Lake and Eclipse 2012 ion Australia have attracted thousands of evolutionaries from around the world.

In collaboration with NASA, Symbiosis has also produced entertainment for Yuri’s Night, an annual convergence of artists, scientists, performers and musicians commemorating space exploration and education and honoring the first person to enter space and orbit Earth in 1961.

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