When I look back over this summer, and all of the beautiful memories I feel the luckiest girl in the world. I was able to attend every festival I wanted to; even one international festival. There were so many laughs, and so many one-liners. I feel truly blessed to have surrounded myself with a group of people who helped get me there; who went the distance with me. As I look back there is one festival in particular that just stole my heart. As the saying goes, “we get by with a little help from our friends.” Hyperion Music & Arts Festival stood out from the rest and truly emulated that mantra in every detail.
The production level of this small festival was insane. When you stepped onto the grounds of Hyperion there was so much to look at. It was beautiful to see a group of people who were so inspired that they went out, and created something so that was so magical. Teams of fire dancers entertained crowds at two of the stages along with a rig for aerialist to preform on beside the main stage. There were projections in the trees over the entire site, and on the infamous “Clam Stage,” turning the party in the woods into a weird experience in the best way possible. To top it all off there was a giant octopus hanging out in the center of the lake like it was on its own stage straight owning the festival.
UV Hippo came out of hiatus for the first time since December to play two shows Friday night at the festival, and vibes were at an all time high. The tent was going off people were going nuts in anticipation all day waiting for them to play. When the moment finally hit everyone was getting the funk down. Patrick Milescu was out there doing some live painting during their sets as well, which added to the overall ethereal beauty of the moment. Friday night also included a very intimate performance by Michal Menert. The lights were super on point with Herm Productions manning the controls. Everything was perfect. His set was like a sexy disco party where you just couldn’t stop grooving. Menert even dropped a new track that he just produced with Manic Focus. Bad Dagger and Eumatik also killed it Friday night ending the night with some local artists everyone could groove to.
The party never stopped at Hyperion. I always hate when I’m at a festival, and the music gets cut off at 3 or 4 a.m. Hyperion rocked it with a sexy sunrise set by none other that resident favorite Kaleidoscope Jukebox. Featuring him throwing down on the ones and two’s spinning the sickest vinyl set I heard in my life. There’s nothing like getting down with all your favorite people while the sun rises. On top of that Camp Dangle was out in full force with a box of costumes for everyone to put on and boogie. Camp Dangle was a booth set up where attendees could donate and trade clothing in the booth. Another beautiful way Hyperion kept the party fun and different.
Saturday was filled with art, playtime, and flow classes that were offered free of charge. As the evening set in there was a fireworks display right in front of the Hyperion sign, it felt surreal. It was the perfect way to end the summer in place not too far from home celebrating life with friends. The highlights from my Saturday night were Turbo Suit who put on a really great set; then I jumped over to Dessert Dwellers, and headed back around to Tauk on my to get down to some Groovatron. Which was amazing also. The end of Saturday night was probably my favorite set. SunSquabi crushed the closing set of the weekend. This electronic hydro-funk trio hails all the way from Colorado and drove sixteen to come hang out, and get down with all the beautiful people at Hyperion. They featured their new track with Griz, “Get Down.” You could tell everyone was really feeling the vibes they were putting out, and having an amazing time. At the end of the night everyone was screaming, “one more song, one more song,” and even though they ran past their time the amazing crew holding the tent down gave the crowd what they wanted and we boogied for just a few minutes longer. It was a perfect way to end the weekend. In addition to some end of the night camp site shenanigans after the last set of course. Sunday morning I couldn’t have felt better knowing one my aching body was done with festival season, and two that I had been part of something really special. It was the perfect way to close out the summer.
What really took my breath away was a festival like Hyperion that is truly for the fans. The dedicated staff of Hyperion really made it a truly memorable weekend, the inspiration in this staff shined through. It was silly, fun, and easy. There were no long lines or really far distances you had to walk; just a campsite full of your friends who were having the time of their lives listening to the best music in the Midwest, and taking care of each other in every way possible. In short it just felt like home. I cannot wait to return to Stable Studios and do it all over again next year.
You can find links to photos from this year by Aaron Lingenfelter here
You can find some more incredible photos from Keith Griener here