Hell yeah! Festival season is nearly upon us once again! I can think of no better way to kick it off than with the Alluvium 2013 festival up in the Squamish River Valley, taking place May 18-20 over the Victoria Day long weekend.
Alluvium is notable for not only being one of the earliest BC music festivals to take place each year, but also its close proximity to Vancouver, its very affordable ticket pricing (~$50, versus ~$200 for most festivals), having an intimate and super-friendly crowd (below 500 people) and serving as a great warmup for the rest of the festival season (events like Burn in the Forest, Bass Coast, Shambhala and Karma, which I might end up posting meetups for.) If you've never been to a electronic music festival - given the smaller scale and particular vibe, I can't think of many that would be better than Alluvium to start with.
I went to Alluvium last year, early on in my festival career, and left thinking, "wow, this is one of the coolest things I've done so far." I danced to some crazy music, befriended some awesome people, lounged around a beautiful river, did some yoga, attended workshops, went on nature walks, and marvelled at the sights of blacklights and lasers in the woods at night, with a near-ubquitous bass-fueled WOMP in the background. It was mind-blowing and life-changing.
I'd definitely be excited enough about Alluvium to go again based on my experience last year, even if it "just" retained the one stage and heavy psytrance focus. But to my delight, I discovered Alluvium will have TWO stages this year – a psytrance/progressive stage with international headliners, courtesy of our friends at Goa Trance Mission and Organix (amongst others) - and a deep minimal techno stage, courtesy of our friends at Subversive, UnderG and Soundproof (amongst others.) I'm super stoked at the thought of finally hearing Briser, Caleb, Austin, Matt Hudolin and Kevin Kao play outdoor sets, not to mention seeing Goa Pete, Technobear, Chris Organix and Angel kill it at festivals again. Also new to Alluvium this year will be vendors of various sorts – if you've been to one of these things before, you know that festival vendors sell rad stuff, usually internationally-obtained curiousities and unique, locally produced art and clothing.
This is a camping festival, so you'll need to bring food, water, tents, and other supplies. Extra clothes and blankets are a good idea too - it can get cold at night, especially if it's raining. The exact location won't be revealed until a few days before the event.
*** Meet other VUPN members at 10PM and 2AM around the bonfire on Saturday and Sunday nights. ***
For tickets and more info, call the info line at [masked]; check the Failbook page at http://www.facebook.com/events/392394134189500/; or see below.
Please discuss ride shares in the comments section here.
See you there!
Alluvium is a "Leave no Trace" camping event. Everyone is responsible for their own trash and other personal items they bring with them. If you bring it to the festival, you take it home with you. Please respect our Mother Earth and your community members by cleaning up after yourself.
Directions to Alluvium:
- From Squamish take Highway 99 (Sea to Sky) North, towards Whistler.
- Turn Left at the Alice Lake turn-off. (Alice Lake Road is the 2nd major intersection after the last set of lights in Squamish.)
- Reset your odometer if you like. (party is 7.5km from this point)
- Follow Squamish Valley Road.
- when u reach a V in the road go left on pavement
- You will see a big "A" on your left that is the entrance to the site.
Psytrance / Progressive Stage Line-Up:
Lost & Found (3D Vision Records) [South Africa]
Lost & Found is the solo project of 25 year old Gerhard Olivier, a Cape Town based producer who is fast establishing himself as a serious international artist. Ever since his first release on Afrogalactic records at the end of 2005, Gerhard has had a restlessly innovative urge to forge something new. His music has evolved into a more structured, futuristic form of psytrance that reconciles the depth and psychedelic edges of his powerful style with a more dynamic, vivid edge. Fast becoming known for his memorable live sets, he subtly alters his sound to tailor-make each set, rendering each one unique. In the South African scene Gerhard has built himself quite a reputation for sending dance floors into a total frenzy. The sound of Lost & Found is characterized by a complex fusion of relentless groove, industrial percussion, deep atmospheres and searing leads.. Always hi-tech and always driving. In August 2006 he released an album together with Xatrik under the guise of Multistate on Timecode records called “Collaborating with Machines”, which was very well received. He is now focusing on his solo project and recently signed with 3D Vision Records. In June 2011, Gerhard released his debut album 'Decoder" on 3D Vision Records and got great reviews from all over the world. At this moment in time he is hard at work on his second album.
Shane Gobi (Alchemy Records) [United Kingdom]
Shane Gobi is Alchemy Records founder and Label Manager. Originally from South Africa, but now based in London, Shane has been an active DJ since 1997. He was signed as a label DJ to Sphere Records in 2000, and went on to start Alchemy Records a year later. Shane has become one of the leading DJs in the psy-trance scene and has earned himself a solid reputation with a loyal following for his unique morning sets and his technical, energetic DJ style. He has played outdoor parties and club events in the UK, Israel, South Africa, Portugal, Austria, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland, France, Spain, Belgium, Macadonia, Prague, Holland and Japan, to name just a few. At the end of 2003, Shane was voted by the worldwide trance dance floors on Isratrance forum as DJ of the year 2003. DJ and Producer, Shane has collaborated with label friends Dark Soho on the Groundzero project and is also one half of Whiplash with Rinkadink. Under the 2 projects Shane has released 6 tracks under various labels, Alchemy Records, Ambivelant Records and Nano Records.
Daksinamurti (Timecode-Sangoma/Peak) [Germany]
Daksinamurti is a dj for over a decade and so far represented labels like the legendary Shiva Space Technology, Nexus Media and is currently a DJ for Peak records. Since 2011 he is running the South Africa based label Timecode and its sub-label Sangoma together with Gata Freak. Daksinamurti is an independent DJ who preferes to play long sets to be able to create a story which lead from night to light. Daksi’s formula is a colorful journey through powerful psychedelic trance with strong grooves, organic/tribal soundscapes, filled with surprises, and sometimes even a blend of “Goatrance” for right moments.
His live act “Android Spirit” together with Tickets/Brethren is ready to launch in 2013 and there are a releases shudled for Timecode and Mechanik records.
Nokturnal (Zenon Records / Area 709) [Canada]
Nokturnal's sounds cover a very wide range of genres from intelligent psydub and chillstep, to progressive breaks, progressive house and atmospheric drum and bass. His true skills however are shown during the night time hours when he can take a trancefloor from the deep side of funk and the dark side of groovy all the way to the in your face bliss of sonic enlightenment. Nokturnal is a DJ's DJ, and a trance addicts perfect fix.
Nokturnal has been exploring the forrest sounds of progressive psytrance for over a decade, he has been a regular for many years of the Shambhala, Motion Notion and Burning Man festivals playing peak time sets alongside international headliners from all over the world. He has represented the renowned Zenon label at international festivals as far away as Boom in Portugal and closer by at Symbiosis in California. His hit V/A compilation Sea of Vapours on Zenon Records was voted the #2 progressive psytrance compilation release of the year on Isratrance, and recently he had his DJ mix Zenonesque charted at #3 on Beatport.com out of over 3500 mixes.
Goa Pete (Goa Trance Mission)
Chris Organix (Organix / Phantasm Records)
Sinister (Solstice Music)
DJ Rax (Mondton) [Germany]
Wobbelix (Generation Bass/Adapted Records)
Double X (Overmind)
Jangbu (Irken Kitties)
Causai (Psicotik/D-A-R-K Records)
Marie Kosmik (Kosmic Konnection)
Mekah Baba (Psychoactive Records)
Upavas (Warp Brain Records)
Katnip (Goa Trance Missions / Overmind)
Eddie Shambles (Urban Bass Asylum)
+ more tba
Deco by Kaeli Starfield
Lasers by Stimulating Emissions
Deep Minimal / Techno Stage Line-Up:
Briser Gonzalez (UnderG/Cautiva Music)
Derek Michaels (Natural Progressions)
Aspect Unknown (Aspect Media)
Austin Phillips (Subversive/4Corners)
Kevin Kao (UnderG)
Caleb Fox (Subversive/4Corners)
Matthew Hudolin (UnderG)
Luke Summers (Aspect Media)
DJ Midnight Vulture (Parts Unknown)
Tropisim (Aspect Media)
Ryan Clark (Natural Progressions)
Techno Bear (Haus Uv Freex)
Visuals By Ryan Clark
Deco And Stage Design By Altered States
Sound by Aspect Media
Event description from Failbook:
== Psicotik and Natural progressions in collaboration with Goa Trance Mission.
UnderG<>Soundproof<>Aspect Media<>Subversive proudly presents ==
*** Alluvium *** May 18,19,20th, 2012
The time has come again for the tribes to gather for a weekend of pure bliss! 3 days of amazing music provided to you by artists from around the globe and your local favorites!
Two stages with their own unique vibes will be provided for your enjoyment.