5 Reasons Why Mysteryland USA Will Be The Best Festival of the Season
In less than a week, Mysteryland USA’s third edition will once again return to the grounds of Woodstock for three packed days of music and art. Kicking off on June 10th, the festival is set to bring a top-notch offering of today’s finest dance music artists and forward-thinking displays of art, culture, and acceptance. Ever since its US debut in 2014, Mysteryland has been hard at work to establish itself as one of the top summer events for those who are looking for an unparalleled festival experience. While there are many festivals scheduled for the summer season, Mysteryland is setting a high bar this year with a number of clever, new, and exciting additions, making it stand out in a unique way.
1. The Musical Curation is On-point
The focus for every festival this summer is to bring the best and brightest musical minds to the right type of crowd. While some festivals only focus on promoting their biggest heavy-hitting artists on the lineup, Mysteryland USA is supporting artists big and small, allowing fans to discover new music and satisfy the interests and musical tastes of everyone who attends. While ODESZA, Skrillex, and Bassnectar will be closing out each night with their own awe-inspiring sets, there is a wide-range of artists both established and up-and-coming that will be bringing their own bits of magic throughout the weekend. From specially curated stages like Claude Vonstroke’s “The Birdhouse” to the late-night silent disco players, every artist from every genre will be bringing something unique and memorable to Mysteryland USA this year.
2. A Festival For Everyone
While you’re not busy getting down to the music, attendees will have the chance to explore the grounds of the festival and discover a wide assortment of activities and spectacles ranging from a Comedy Tent hosted by SNL artist Kyle Mooney to daily deep house yoga sessions. On Saturday night, for those who don’t quite want to go to sleep right away, there will be a movie screening at midnight, 2 AM, and 4 AM featuring the documentary, Going Further. Mysteryland has even added a three-day program with Guerilla Science, who will be treating attendees with quirky and mischievous lessons on the science of attraction and intergalactic space travel. And lastly, since Mysteryland is open to all individuals who have different tastes in both food and fashion, the festival will cater to a variety of palates and fashion styles with an extensive list of both local and national vendors.
3. State-of-the-Art Design
While fans anticipate seeing their favorite artists, it’s hard not to become completely engrossed in the otherworldly designs of the stages and the various art exhibits sprinkled throughout Mysteryland’s grounds. Each year, attendees eagerly await the revealing of the main stage, typically kept a secret until the festival weekend arrives. Mysteryland USA’s debut year featured a stately House of Cards stage that radiated good luck and fortune, while the festival’s second year provided a looming, hand-painted Trojan Horse stage.
In addition to the stages, the festival will also feature an eclectic range of exhibits, such as the beloved Incendia 50’ Fire Dome as well as a number of experience-based groups like the House Of Yes, Dripped on Productions, Nova Zef And Pendulum People, Modern Gypsies, and more. Needless to say, Mysteryland is not a place for dull design, but a location where the most forward-thinking artists and creative minds can come and be enlightened by one another.
4. The Woodstock Factor
One of the most prevalent themes of Mysteryland USA is its elemental approach to bring the peace-loving message of Woodstock ’69 to today’s modern festival culture. Mysteryland has always made a very special effort to bring attendees a reflective experience of music, acceptance, and sustainability. Since the festival’s home is located on the very same grounds as Woodstock, guests have the chance to experience and learn the same notions of peace, respect, and love that were instilled there almost 40 years ago. Apart from the overall festival experience, Mysteryland USA will be also be returning the Healing Gardens and its esteemed Speakers Series hosted by NPR personality Anya Kamenetz, who will be guiding talks on how to be your own healer, how to create transformative art, and how to put down your phone and interact with the world.
5. Festival Footprint
This year, Mysteryland USA has taken an ambitious and much-needed initiative to lessen the unfortunate environmental impact most festivals have on their respective grounds. In order to lessen the impact, organizers have set up various ways that all people of Mysteryland can contribute in one way or another. From encouraging guests to travel by shuttle or carpool systems, setting up a number of trash collection points and “Green Teams,” and a special camping recycling program, this year’s festival is heavily set on providing the most eco-friendly festival of the season.
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