This last weekend saw the addition of the newest festival on the scene, Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix, Ariz. From the creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, this festival definitely lived up to its pedigree and hype with a great lineup, solid food choices, even better drinks and a great recreation area with oversized games (you know, for all those adults who are still kids at heart).
Let’s break down the five things that make Lost Lake Festival the best new, must-see music festival on the scene.
1. Safe-n-Sound: One thing on everyone’s mind these days in light of recent, tragic events is the issue of safety. It becomes a question with a festival that is in its inaugural year, but Lost Lake showed not only its maturity in this area, but also just how well run and organized they are. With a nice set of public service officers from law enforcement to medics, one couldn't help but to feel safe and sound in the midst of this new festival. Festival goers could attend the show, know they are absolutely safe and even talk to the gregarious officers who were there to keep people safe and enjoy a good time with everyone.
The balance of the schedule as a whole also helped keep everyone safe. A wide open, well-organized schedule helped keep foot traffic flowing and a set Lyft pickup area featuring more music and water kept fans safe and sound throughout the duration of the weekend.
2. Sweet and Savory: Synonymous with music festivals is food. Lost Lake did not disappoint in terms of their food and drink options. With a BBQ area that was to kill for and craft cocktails from Deep Eddy vodka, fans were kept happy all weekend long with the experience. Lost Lake also featured a craft beer section with local breweries pouring.
If fans were of the vegetarian or vegan persuasion, Lost Lake offered plenty of options in this area.
Along with the food, drinks and options, plenty of water stations were on hand for thirsty festival-goers.
3. A little ping with your pong: One of the unique aspects of Lost Lake was the oversized play area filled with your traditional outdoor games. Everything from Cornhole Toss to Ping Pong and an oversized Croquet and Bocce Ball area was on hand for friendly (and not a few tipsy) festival goers. Game areas were accented with cool neon rails so they would light up at night time and allow the festive to continue their shenanigans well into the night.
This area really proved to be a hit with people as it became a meeting place, a pit stop in between sets and even a place for new friendships to be forged. Yes, there were plenty of people who came by themselves to enjoy this new festival. Since they were willing to venture out by themselves to a new spot, they were rewarded with new friendships that would not only last throughout the duration of the festival, but also beyond.
4 .Stylin and Jiving: Festivals are known for their art exhibits, and Lost Lake didn’t disappoint. From artists actively creating over the weekend to a vendor village which included artists and their original work, Lost Lake was a feast for the eyes.
Throughout the weekend, artists were actively working on their projects and festival goers could see them take shape from beginning to end. It was exciting to come back every day and see how a mural had further developed from the day before.
The vendor village also featured other artists who were there to talk to guests about their work, sign art and even ship it to homes for those who simply fell in love with, let's say, a bikini-clad stormtrooper painting (a hypothetical example, of course).
5. Last but never least: Of course, we would be remiss not to mention the stunning music acts. Chance the Rapper graced the stage one last time in 2017 as he closed out his touring season with Lost Lake. And it was 17 years in the making, but the wait was worth it as Ludacris once again dominated the stage and entertained all gathered near and far.
The award for the most caring act during the festival goes to Big Gigantic. In the middle of a set that was completely on fire and had the whole crowd jumping and having a great time, they suddenly stopped their set. Why? They spotted someone in the crowd who looked like they might need some help. So, they made sure indeed that help was on its way. They used their microphones to alert public safety that somebody might be injured or need attention, then they waited a few minutes as the respectful crowd made way for the staff, and once everyone was sure that things were okay, they immediately jumped right back into their set and had the whole crowd bouncing. Talk about the safest and most caring festival experience ever!
Closing out the festival were Major Lazer and ODESZA. Both sets were incredible experiences, perhaps because a shirtless Diplo had the crowd going bonkers and ODESZA was opening a new leg of their tour with the Lost Lake Festival.
Lost Lake truly brought together a stunning list of musical performers, craft drink and food, as well as artists to make this newest festival one of the best in the entire nation and a definite must-see in 2018.
If you missed out this year, make sure to check out their website for information on next year's festival. In the meantime, take a look at their recap video below.