A couple weekends ago I had the opportunity to cover the very first Dirtybird Campout. It wasn't your ordinary music festival and that excited me. It was an actual summer camp with all the activities you remember from you childhood along with great music all night long. There were camp hilarious camp counsellors, arts & crafts, comedians, a talent show and of course the activities. This added a unique new dimension to the weekend festival experience.
The Dirtybird artists even got in on the action and participated with everyone in the activities. Claude Von Stroke seemed like he was everywhere that weekend playing games with fans and truly enjoying the event. It takes a truly humble and grateful artist to be able do that. I know from my days in the music world that even being a little bit of a local celebrity has can be nerve wracking. It's enough to make the average person want to hide away from the attention. Justin Martin stole the show though on Friday when he hosted a pizza party and fed some biggest (and hungriest) fans. It was a rare chance for them to get up close and personal with this globetrotting dj and producer.
With Dirtybird throwing the event with help from The Do Lab, great music was to be expected. They certainly delivered in this area by bringing in nearly all of the Dirtybird artists as well as some of their close friends. Fans were treated to the wild and fun sounds they expected on the main stage and delivered some rare musical moments on the afterhours stage.
While it was a young crowd that seemed newer to the festival life, they brought some amazing energy to the party. I honestly can't remember when I've seen so many constantly happy faces in one place. Yes, even more than burning man. Nobody was trying too hard to be cool or dressing like they were in some kind of fashion contest. They were simply being themselves and embracing the fun that the Dirtybird crew has become known for.
In this day and age of what seems like a festival happening every weekend, it was incredibly refreshing to see an event like this that truly caters to the inner child in all of us as well as the adult too. Overall, it was a smashing success. A sentiment echoed by nearly everyone that I talked to at the event and the weeks after. I only wish this Campout lasted a little bit longer. 3 days was not enough for me. That just means I'll be more excited for this event next year!
Full gallery from the weekend will be coming soon.