Utopiafest: Turns Out Utopia’s Only 2.5 Hours Away…

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RESIZED.UF6-poster-0602This weekend marks the 6th Annual Utopia Festival, a camping and music festival staged two hours west of San Marcos. The festival expects to draw a crowd, but not a large one. The festival’s ticket sales are capped at 2,000 people.

During the festival, more than 20 bands will perform on two stages with no musical overlap. The goal of festival organizers Travis Southerland and Onion Creek Productions is to reduce the worst aspects of festivals. Nine food vendors will also be on site, but the festival is bring your own drink and food friendly.

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    Utopiafest: Turns Out Utopia’s Only 2.5 Hours Away…

Utopia Fest Preview

Bands I’m most excited to see at this year’s Utopia Fest include:

Los Angeles’ Warpaint is fresh off their European tour and on to Utopia. The group has been weaving post-punk drive into clouded vocal textures since forming a decade ago in 2004. Of the all-girl quartet, The New York Times says, “First they hypnotize, then they get you dancing.”
Equipped with a tricked out violin, and joined by a mad banjo player, Kishi Bashi elevates music into a whimsical mystery. Bashi’s music borrows from every genre and multiple languages — he can incorporate Afrikaans, Korean, pop, and psych, into a high-spirited adventure.
Electronic artist Dan Deacon is famous for his crowd interaction. Deacon’s been known to lead fans in coordinated movements, from kneeling to moving together in a circle.


Highlights from last year’s muddy Utopiafest.

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