This Sunday, LA's Exposition Park was home to the latest installment of Dirtybird's traveling day party.
For the uninitiated, the basic concept is simple (yet genius!): picture a mid-90's as-seen-on-TV Summer Camp, but instead of counselors and kids that don't want to be there you're surrounded by one of the most fun and welcoming groups of fest-goers out there. Mix that in with one of the most dynamic labels out there, add high-quality BBQ food with killer attention to detail on party curation and you've got a massive recipe for success.
The incredible vibe of the crowd is no accident - this event series thoughtfully expands activities and touchpoints between attendees beyond the standard EDM fest by adding updated versions of camp programming to keep the birdies stoked. Whether it's being greeted upon arrival by the Fungineers (Dirtybird's resident bunch of partying ice-cream-truck elves), catching a costume contest at the Sizzle Stage, or stopping to grab a delicious chicken sandwich, the BBQ has you covered.
If that doesn't sound interesting enough, the best part about this whole brand is that you actually get a chance to get close and personal with the Dirtybird crew. The label has done a wonderful job choosing artists that are down-to-earth and always willing to stop and say hi to attendees. In contrast to the hoity-toity attitude that tends to come along with nightlife and more pretentious environments, this fest was a fresh of breath air for me.
This event, in particular, was packed with an all-star cast of Dirtybird heavy hitters. Justin Jay and Sacha Robotti both did a killer jobs getting the crowd warmed up through scattered showers with their contagious smile and groovy tunes. Walker & Royce came in to fill the 'Special Guest' slot and absolutely smashed their set, and graced us with their unreleased Dom Dolla "San Frandisco" remix. Transitioning into sundown, Justin Martin took us to dark, yet fun places - nearly putting us six feet under by the end of his set. Good thing the Papa himself was there to revive us, bringing in his own unreleased heat to close out the night as we thumped into darkness.
For a good time that breaks the mold of traditional electronic fests, don't miss these upcoming stops. The flock descends upon Austin, Denver, and Brooklyn on June 1, June 8 and June 16, respectively.