Favorite ThisSymbiosis Gathering (September 19-23 - Oakdale, CA) 2013 Preview

Published: September 12, 2013
By: Ellie Salrin

Autumn is nearly upon us. A time of change - be it the leaves on the trees, our shift from summer to fall lifestyles, or the seasonal food and drink flavors. It is the perfect time to be part of a five-day long extravaganza focused on transformation, understanding, and making an impact on the world. Oh yeah, and STS9, Shpongle DJ set, Emancipator, Russ Liquid, Random Rab, RL Grime, G Jones, Love and Light, Michal Menert, and a slew of incredible musicians to blow your mind on top of it. Welcome to Symbiosis Gathering.

Next week (September 19-23), a colorful assortment of thinkers, creators, educators, artists, and appreciators of the finer things will descend on Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, CA for a celebration of souls. Coinciding with the Autumnal Equinox, the Harvest Full Moon, and the International Day of Peace, this gathering is going to be a legendary and unprecedented experience we at The Untz don’t want you to miss.

The eccentric music selection will also include the much anticipated US debut of iamamiwhoami, smooth eletro-pop outfit Poliça, post-dubstep mastermind Mount Kimbie, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice of TNGHT, the celestial R&B of Active Child, and more than 200 other musical acts to caress the ear drums and extract glorious dance moves. Throw in an array of visual and performance artists, transformative workshops, a beautiful marina for swimming, and countless other activities - you’re in store for a truly unforgettable kick-off to the fall season.

5-day General Admission passes (Thursday-Monday) are available for $275.00, 4-day passes (Friday-Monday) are $255.00, 3-day passes (Saturday-Monday) are $199.00, and 2-day passes (Sunday-Monday) are $99.00. You may arrive early on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. with the purchase of a pass that is $40.00.

These all include walk-in camping meaning you don’t camp next to your car. Car camping passes allow you to camp by your car and are available for $120.00. RV passes are $220.00.

There are a couple upgrades offered including a Ready Set Camp package for two people that includes one bed in a premium location for 5 days and nights with a car camping pass and early bird entry is $849.00. Ready Set Camp for four people includes all of the above but with two beds. For these upgrades your must also purchase a festival pass. All ticket prices are expected to go up September 19.

Wander the grounds that will be filled with mythic structures, mindblowing art installations, and visionary decor nestled in the beauty of west coast nature. Craft your perfect day and attend workshops that pique your interest such as conservation, stargazing, the future of humanity, yoga, improv, mushroom science, and many more. All are taught by luminaries from around the world - radio hosts, poets, comedians, presenters, scientists, and educators.

A standout festivity is the Edwardian Ball. This institution from the San Fran and LA areas are a collection of theatrical entertainers putting on their first festival roadshow that will feature music, circus acts, aerial acrobatics, offbeat fashion and “ballroom” dancing. Think past meets future; beautifully bizarre gothic steampunk with dirty electro swing and visits by an avante-cabaret troupe, exotic machinery, and elaborate fashion show.

Get to know the artists before the event with the Symbiosis Music Compilation, a three-volume mix. Speaking of - Random Rab is known in the festival community for his legendary sunrise sets at Burning Man, Sonic Bloom, previous Symbiosis Gatherings, and many other festivals. The self-proclaimed “sexy and psychedelic” producer hits the stage at 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning...be there or be square.

Sustainability/Environmental Awareness
Symbiosis has positioned itself as a pioneer in setting the standard for greening initiatives, bringing them to the forefront of the festival experience. Having environmental awareness weaved into the theme makes it more interactive, rather than something an event does because it “should.”

Some initiatives include a reusable dish program in the dining area, procuring environmentally friendly sources of energy and materials, a zero waste policy, and sustainability education through workshops and activities.

As Kevin KoChen of Symbiosis Events described it, “The gathering provides a temporary home where people can celebrate, dance, and be entertained in an ecologically responsible manner.” Word to you Mother (Earth, that is).

Symbiosis is helping pave the way for festival culture. Festivals are not about getting f*cked up out of your mind for a few days. They are an opportunity to grow as a person, experience art, music and culture,  and question your beliefs and who you are and who you want to become. Follow us moon children down the rabbit hole of rejuvenation at Symbiosis Gathering.  

Shpongle DJ
Mount Kimbie
Hudson Mohawke
RL Grime
Active Child
Star Slinger
Chet Faker
Cashmere Cat
Ryan Hemsworth
French Fries
The Coup
Saul Williams
Moombahton Massive
Body Language
Djemba Djemba
Mr. Carmack
Love and Light
Michal Menert
Kalya Scintilla
Desert Dwellers
Bird of Prey
Birds of Paradise
Real Magic
Russ Liquid
G Jones
Danny Corn
El Papachango
Sidecar Tommy
J. Pod
DJ Laura
and many more

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