Woogie Weekend was by far one of my favorite music festivals I have EVER been to. Normally I’m a little apprehensive about attending debut festivals, as this typically means the event organizers don’t have all the “kinks” worked out yet, but The Do LaB used to throw their signature event Lightning in a Bottle at this very venue, Oak Canyon Park in Orange County, before the festival outgrew it, so I had a feeling they knew what they were doing. Plus, it was only an hour away and tickets were less than $130 for a 3-day pass so you can’t really say no to that!
We got to the venue on Friday evening and I was immediately thrown by the event’s laid-back logistics. In a time where hyper-security, wristbands, and strict rules are the norm at music festival (which ironically are supposed to be about freedom), it was refreshing to feel like I was actually part of a community, not a herd of cattle with security monitoring my every move. Woogie Weekend had all the vibes a festival should have without the pretentiousness you normally find at big events like Coachella, EDC, or Hard- everyone was just there to have a good time and BOOGIE (isn’t that what music festivals are for?). I’m a dnb head, and there weren’t very many artists I cared about seeing at the show, which I think actually made it more fun because I had the freedom to romp around, champagne bottle in hand, without being tied to set times. With no shortage of deep house beats, production and entertainment definitely lived up to what you’d expect from The Do LaB – three stages, a slip n slide, and camp dance parties until dawn. Of course, it wouldn’t be a “hippie fest” without morning yoga sesh’s, acai bowl stands, and trippy art installations. If you’ve heard anything about Woogie Weekend, you probably heard about the rain. Luckily(?) we were one of the few people there who actually had work on Monday so we had to cut out a day early and missed all the flooding.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Woogie Weekend that will become an annual event for me. To The Do LaB: well done!