A Splash of Color: Life in Color Miami Review
The festival’s design catered specifically to the enjoyment of attendees. Accommodations like an Uber tent, locker rentals, and water refill stations were conveniently located. A sweet merchandise area was set up with a huge assortment of LIC apparel. Professional photographers were on location to capture your memorable experiences and “shot in the face with paint” moments. For those who needed a break from the crazy, Chill zones were spread out between the stages to sit back and relax.
The prominent element of paint differentiates this fest from others, but this year the stage aesthetics put this event on another level. I appreciated the creativity applied to the newly unveiled structures. The Raging Kingdom stage appealed to me the most because of the geometric properties of the giant lion head. Artists played amidst the fangs of the mighty lions roaring mouth. At night, laser lights projected cool patterns on the entire structure making the creation look alive. Talent like Steve Aoki, Crespo, Ruby Rose, Morten and Jack U controlled the vibes here.
The Underwater Kingdom stage hosted artists like Bonnie X Clyde, NGHTMRE, Flosstradamus and Zeds Dead. I didn’t get to see Zeds Dead set but I heard they made it their bitch. Strait domination.
Local talent busted out beats from the Spirit Kingdom stage and the Sphere Kingdom visually treated attendees with its art installations. Nearby, food trucks served festival favorites like tacos and pizza – yummmm. A big ass water slide was among one of the attractions. It was a part of the Bud Light zone, which also featured a beer garden. Seriously, you could get drenched in paint, grab a grilled cheese sandwich and a beer, jump on the Ferris wheel, and watch people go down the water slide, all while listening to killer music.
Prior to the fest, I had prepared a new interview activity: Rad Libs. I planned for it to be a play on the familiar Mad Libs game where you prompt someone to fill in the blanks of a short story and read it back to them. I made custom templates referring to Life in Color and asked artists to use comical words and challenged them not to laugh, with water in their mouth, as I recited their completed Rad Lib. Bonnie X Clyde were champs playing the game, Morten was entertaining, as he wanted to use tequila instead of water for the challenge, and Crespo was all about his noun/ adjective/ verb selections! Click here for Crespo Interview
My Life in Color highlights were my artist interviews (obviously), the fireworks, the lion head from Raging Kingdom, seeing the Uber drivers faces as people drenched in painted got in their cars, 3lau’s set cause he had me movin and groovin, and meeting EDM Chicago & Electronica Life writer, Jason Adamchak (he doesn’t know it yet but he’s going to be my partner in crime at future edm events). Overall, I thought the Kingdom theme was a fresh new concept. The characters, Cali, Echo, and Zeke, gave the story dimension. I think the lineup perfectly complimented the character of the fest and the turn out made it clear that Life in Color is the “World’s Largest Paint Party.”
Special thanks to Skeeter & Mary
For information on Life in Color 2016 Spring Shows Click here.