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Festival season is here! Whether you are traveling across the country, staying local, or going “glamping”, there is one important thing on every fashionista’s mind—”What. Am. I. Going. To Wear?”
The obvious: comfy shoes—for long days running from stage to stage turned to nights of endless dancing. Layers—once the sun goes down, the temperatures will drop (cue bass drop) and you may need a sweater. And last, sun protection—a hat and sunscreen will protect your gorgeous made-up face and delicate skin.
For a multi-day festival, especially one that’s out-of-town, packing may become overwhelming. And while you’re trying not to forget your toothbrush, hair products, and makeup pieces, getting festie-ready might be harder than you expected.
I’ve got a few key-looks to inspire your weekend wardrobe for what could be the highlight of your summer.
Look 1: Festival Goddess
Bohemian-chic inspired styling with florals and ruffles. An outfit might include a wrap-around skirt, romper, and neutral colors decorated with turquoise jewelry, floppy hats, and booties.
This is a timeless look you will see at every music festival. From Coachella to Lollapalooza, the Festival Goddess lives on. She is part moonchild and part wanderer, with a dash of modern to balance out her vintage look.
Here’s what I’m wearing:
Look 2: Rave Bae
Ready to sit atop a pair of muscular shoulders in true rave fashion, this look is beautifully bright, sometimes neon, sometimes glow-in-the-dark, and quite practical. The Rave Bae lives at EDC, but she often ventures out to mix things up at other, less-EDM heavy scenarios.
No need to get a new crop top—consider rocking one of your fav bikini tops! Pair with your go-to high-waist or cut-off shorts, a backpack for your things, and pro-tip: if you were thinking of a bodysuit, try a statement one-piece instead… it’s waterproof (and inevitably sweatproof) so you can drench yourself in all those good vibes. This is a PLUR-approved message.
Here’s what I’m wearing:
An old pair of cut off shorts that I’ve had for years
Look 3: Chill Mode
Grand finale aside, cute, comfy-casual is your best bet for day 3.
Chill Mode Chick likes moisture wicking yoga pants, graphic tees and hoodies, slides and tennis shoes. Get creative in your chill mode. Wear those fun, funky prints, bust out your tie-dye, and mask your messy hair with a trendy dad-hat.
Day 3 is also the perfect opportunity to wear the merch you just bought. Whether it’s The Governor’s Ball or BottleRock, remember… you want to be comfortable enough to call this the sleep-on-the-ride-home outfit too.
Here’s what I’m wearing:
Support local artists – buy a t-shirt or sweater and wear it!
Every post-festival Monday always has me in my feelings about the worthiness of #FestivalLife, but here it is, Wednesday, convinced I was delusional because, YES, I am still very much all about it. That being said, the 2018 Santa Cruz Music Festival was a huge success, and having been to the festival last year, I can confidently say, each year is getting better and better.
Despite the light rain, the #SCMF brought together a versatile group of people. Everything from seasoned yogis to hipster millennials, to families, street faire enthusiasts, students, rave babies, foodies, hip-hoppers, and indie rockers. Downtown Santa Cruz was quite literally host to every type of festival-goer. It’s easy to bring together all the same kind of people, so by way of festival code, a huge virtual round of applause goes out to the organizers behind the #SantaCruzMusicFestival for entertaining such a diverse crowd.
If you only went for the Hip-Hop, you’re probably disappointed. Big name headliners like Ghostface Killah, Scarab (of Living Legends), and Smoke DZA took up less than two hours of the two-day show. And while practically every Electronic artist incorporated some Hip-Hop into their sets, most of the “real” Hip-Hop fans wanted less rave stuff and more rap stuff.
Author’s Note: the sarcastic use of “real” when referring to Hip-Hop simply refers the older Gen Y crowd who doesn’t support the evolution of Hip-Hop; and who seem to think the music created during their prime is ultimately the best thing to have ever happened. Also, they hate rappers with the prefixes “Lil” or “Yung” and preach about “hype”.
For many, the true gems are hidden in the earliest sets at the smaller venues. The lesser-known acts and up-and-coming artists are the ones really driving the crowd. Speaking of, I had the pleasure of meeting with The Rellies, a Hip-Hop duo from Santa Cruz and Maui who performed inside Streetlight Records on Sunday. They brought out Dave Steezy (of HBK) and went level-10 hyphy on us.
I’ve picked out some of my favorite tracks from The Rellies for you to get on:
If you like them, give ’em a follow!
If you listened to A Vibe Called West last week, you’d know that Pure Powers’ killed his set on Saturday (yes—we predicted it). Last year’s headlining acts were all squeezed into the big, but small Catalyst so the festival’s transition to the Civic Auditorium was much needed. It allowed us all to enjoy the show without being too close to the people dancing beside us, while also leaving plenty of space for people with a larger personal bubble in the back.
There’s a video out now for my current favorite Pure Powers song, which is phenomenal live BTW, check it out:
Other Santa Cruz Music Festival Highlights include:
- Bigger festivals charge $12-16 bucks a beer, but the venues participating in this year’s #SCMF sold regularly priced (and often, locally brewed) beer which made my pockets (and taste buds) smile.
- I lost my phone in the VIP area (because I saw pizza and was immediately distracted) and thanks to the wonderful ladies at the CloutKing table, I got it back along with a dope CloutKing t-shirt. You should get yourself one too!
- Icing on the cake for me: adding more really cool people to my network of #FestivalFamily ❤ Thank you!
10:03PM SOBxRBE “Paramedic! ft. Kendrick Lamar” from “Paramedic! ft. Kendrick Lamar”
10:05PM Jay Rock “King’s Dead (ft. Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake)” from “Black Panther, The Album” (2018)
10:08PM ALLBLACK “Allwhite ft. DTB” from “Allwhite ft. DTB” Local
10:11PM Kodak Black “Roll In Peace (Ft. Xxxtentacion)” from “Project Baby 2” on Atlantic Records
10:16PM KO “Dream$” from “Dream$” Local
10:20PM Drakeo The Ruler “Out the Slums (feat. 03 Greedo)” from “Out the Slums (feat. 03 Greedo)”
10:22PM Retch “Pop Me a Pint” from “Still Up” on Fast Money distributed by TSR
10:25PM Rocky Banks “Don’t Talk Nice To Me Now” from “Don’t Talk Nice To Me Now”
10:30PM Franco$ & Clyde Shankle “The Rockies (prod. Ian Mckee)” from “The Rockies (prod. Ian Mckee)” Local
10:35PM Julia Lewis “Potential (ft. Rexx Life Raj, Ciscero & Mikos Da Gawd)” from “Potential (ft. Rexx Life Raj & Ciscero)” Local
10:37PM Pure Powers “Love Somebody” from “Love Somebody – Single” on Pure Entertainment
10:45PM Pure Powers “Don’t Wanna Go” from “Don’t Wanna Go – Single” on Pimp Hop Records
10:57PM Pure Powers “I Can” from “I Can”
11:13PM EXCLUSIVE Pure Powers “Wouldn’t Change (feat. Nina Porter)” from “Wouldn’t Change (feat. Nina Grae) – Single” on Pure Entertainment
11:15PM Pure Powers “It’s Happenin'” from “It’s Happenin'”
11:21PM Flammy Marciano “Run it Up” from “Run It Up”
11:23PM Mathius Young “Stylist” from “Stylist”
11:27PM Dirtbag Dan x AllDayDirt x Trizz x L8NITE “What I’ve Done” from “DBD Show EP” Local
11:32PM Rich The Kid “Plug Walk” from “Plug Walk – Single” on Rich The Kid / (TDE/ISR PS)
11:33PM Nef The Pharaoh “Mobbin (prod. DJ Fresh)” from “Mobbin (prod. DJ Fresh)” Local
11:35PM Audio Push “Pump Fake (Prod by Price & VNSN)” from “pump fake (Prod by Price & VNSN)”
11:40PM Hugh Augustine “Blank Check (feat. Ray Wright)” from “Dubious” on The Order Label
11:47PM Khalisol “Lemonade ft. Jasper” from “Lemonade ft. Jasper”
11:48PM Matt McGhee “Travail” from “Travail – Single” on dtla records
11:55PM Caleborate “Soul (Remix) [feat. Big K.R.I.T.]” from “Soul (Remix) [feat. Big K.R.I.T.] – Single” on TBKTR Local
11:59PM Khary “Wifi (prod. Calev)” from “Wifi (prod. Calev)”
12:06AM Kasey Jones “@ Me (feat. Matt McGhee)” from “Get Well Soon” on dtla records
12:11AM T. Carriér “Schedule (feat. Beejus) prod. Cal-A” from “Twenty” on Black Money Music Group Local
12:16AM J.I.D. “Never” from “The Never Story”
12:23AM Drakeo The Ruler “Fuck being Humble (feat. Yatta)” from “Fuck being Humble (feat. Yatta)”
12:25AM Majik “Never Change” from “Never Change”
12:29AM The Cool Kids “T.D.A. (feat. A-Trak, Reese LAFLARE & Larry June)” from “Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe” on Propelr Music / Cake
12:33AM Rob $tone “Chill Bill (Remix) [feat. D.R.A.M., Denzel Curry & Cousin Stizz]” from “The RCA-List” on RCA Records Label
12:38AM Jay Rock “Vice City (feat. Black Hippy)” from “90059+” on Top Dawg Entertainment
12:44AM ScHoolboy Q “THat Part (feat. Kanye West)” from “Blank Face LP” on UMGRI Interscope
12:50AM Duckwrth “Bernal Heights” from “Bernal Heights – Single” on Them Hellas
12:55AM BROCKHAMPTON “Boys” from “SATURATION I”
01:00AM Chuuwee “Grand Master (feat. Casual D)” from “Sabbath” on Below System Records
01:02AM SOBxRBE (Slimmy B) “Don’t Lie to Me” from “Don’t Lie To Me” Local
01:05AM ALLBLACK “Collarbone (feat. Lulbearrubberband)” from “KimSon” on Play Runners Association Local
01:11AM Rexx Life Raj “2Free (Prod. Mikos Da Gawd)” from “Father Figure 2: Flourish” (2017) on Rexx Life / EMPIRE Local
01:13AM Johnny Clouds “Oh Wow (prod. Engelwood)” from “Oh Wow (prod. Engelwood)”
01:16AM Leaf “Gone” from “Gone” (2017)
01:18AM Vanjess “Through Enough (feat. GoldLink)” from “Through Enough (feat. GoldLink) – Single” on Keep Going
01:22AM Soriano “Boss Moves” from “Boss Moves”
01:26AM Mondre M.A.N. “Helen Keller” from “Helen Keller – Single”
01:32AM EARTHGANG “Red Light (prod. Anonxmous)” from “Red Light (prod. Anonxmous)”
01:35AM Angelo Mota “Internet” from “Internet – Single” on Crystal Avenue
01:38AM Tiron & Ayomari “Wzup! (feat. Jack Davey)” from “WET: The Wonderful Ego Trip” on The Cafeteria Line
01:43AM Supa Bwe “Down Comes the Spaceman (feat. Saba)” from “Finally Dead” on Freddy Got Magic / EMPIRE
01:48AM Deante Hitchcock “Wide Open (ft. Goldlink)” from “Eyes Wide Open (ft. Goldlink)”
01:49AM Alex Wiley x Mick Jenkins x Azizi Gibson “Like MacGuyver” from “Like MacGuyver”
01:55AM Half-A-Mil “Eric Wright (ft. Jay305)” from “Eric Wright (ft. Jay305)”
#SnowGlobe2017 is right around the corner and chances are you’re excited! If you’re heading out in the next few days, here’s some insight you might like.
Since most of SnowGlobe’s attendees are from somewhere else, there’s one thing you can count on–and that’s traffic! Majority of SnowGlobeTrotters will be making their trek Thursday night or Friday morning. And while the forecast predicts clear skis (and therefore clear roads), still–you will probably be driving a little longer than anticipated. It’s a three-day, holiday weekend and there will be thousands on the road. With only a few highways coming into South Lake Tahoe, practice patience and always carry chains. Here are a few tools and tips to help you get through the drive:
-If you’re coming from the Bay Area, leave before dawn to beat commuter traffic. There’s plenty to do in Tahoe before your check-in time.
-DO NOT pull over on the side of the highway to take pictures. Yeah, Tahoe is beautiful… heck, the whole drive is pretty impressive, but this is this a rookie move, it causes traffic, and is dangerous.
–Use Waze to keep up with real-time navigation and traffic updates.
-Most importantly, for your music needs, here are a few playlist suggestions for your drive:
Pro-tip: you can also download the SnowGlobe App to browse all the Spotify channels of artists performing at #SG17.
Shop Ahead Of Time
There are plenty of after-Christmas sales going on, just in time for you to re-stock on festival gear. Weather you need a new bladder for your hydration pack, ear plugs, a pair of sunglasses, matching sweatshirts for the squad, or some new accessories to keep you warm, it’s probably not a good idea to wait until you get to Tahoe to do your shopping. Bring your necessities. Shop Tahoe for accessories.
This goes for food too. While spending money at shops and restaurants fuels Tahoe’s tourism-based economy, and we recommend you do so (don’t forget to tip)… Here’s a suggested list of things to pick up from the grocery store on your way that could save you a buck on dining before and after your SnowGlobe festivities:
- A bunch of bananas (or any fresh produce)
- Trail mix
- Protein bars
- Gatorade (good for hangovers)
- Emergen-C (because ew, germs)
PhoneGlobe: Get The App
We all know you have way too many apps on your phone. But the official SnowGlobe App is crucial. So, make room on your device, add a shortcut to your home screen, and browse. Why? Because the SnowGlobe App lets you create a custom schedule with all your must-see sets. It allows you to share your schedule with friends. The App has a wholesome playlist, not to mention, you will stay up-to-date on set times, exclusive contests, giveaways, and festival updates.
Use the SnowGlobe App as your main resource for music and information as you get ready for this weekend. And make sure to follow SnowGlobe on Instagram and Twitter so you can tag and retweet pictures and posts.
Pro-tip: Selfies, squad pictures, and Instagram stories are important (we know). So, if you’re worried about your phone dying, DON’T. There will be charging lockers available for one-day or three-day purchase.
What Do I Wear?
Besides the super obvious warm coat or snow jacket, waterproof boots (emphasis on waterproof), thick socks, and many layers, we suggest you bring:
- At least one pair of gloves–two pairs never hurt anyone though
- Chapstick with sun protection
- A beanie or ear muffs
- Snow pants on top of long johns, jeans, leggings, or yoga pants (layers!)
- A scarf or gaiter
- Your wristband (don’t forget to register it so you’re covered in case it’s lost or stolen!)
Pro-tip: We expect sunny rays during the day, but once the sun down, you might need to add more clothes to stay warm (layers, layers, layers!)
The Shuttle, Uber, Lyft, and Parking, Oh My!
You’re already spending hours on the road to get to Tahoe, why would you want to drive to the festival anyway?
If you are staying near Stateline, a shuttle is available to take you to and from SnowGlobe. It runs every 30 minutes. And it’s free with your single-day wristband.
If you are staying somewhere else, it’s highly recommended that you take an Uber or Lyft. Not only does this prevent the possibility of a DUI, but you won’t have to deal with parking.
Parking is very limited. There will be no parking at the venue. If you must drive yourself, parking is available at the South Lake Tahoe Middle School (see map).
If you decide to park here, be prepared for a short walk (+/- 10 minutes) and steep costs ($75 for all three days, not including Eventbrite fees). And FYI, this does permit for overnight parking so if you are planning to hit the casinos or any of the SnowGlobe Late Night After Parties, be ready to move your car beforehand.
For a complete list of info on getting around, click here. The SnowGlobe Music Festival website is packed with useful information and FAQs too, so pay it a visit if you have questions: www.snowglobemusicfestival.com
Re-post with your pro-tips and advice for this year’s #SnowGlobemusicFestival and you may be featured in the post-festival blog. See you Friday SnowGlobeTrotters. Safe Travels.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>see you v. soon for a different kind of celebrating w/ a different kind of family ☃️</p>— SnowGlobe Festival (@itsSnowGlobe) <a href=”https://twitter.com/itsSnowGlobe/status/945370456445431808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>December 25, 2017</a></blockquote>