Sucked Into the Portal, Yet Again – Okeechobee Music Festival 2018
I’m back from the portal!!!
Okeechobee Music Festival 2018 was one for the books.
All of my encounters from this past weekend are unforgettable moments stamped in my mind and before they fade due to time, I wanted to share my experience with you. Before I even get started, did you use my Okeechobee Camping Essential piece as your packing checklist? I hope you did! If you chose to use this vital info, you know exactly what it means to be jam-packed with excitement in a tiny car full of camping gear.
The vehicle my friends and I drove in to get to the festival wasn’t the largest and needless to say, we were physically cramped for the 2-hour long drive. Regardless of the discomfort, the anticipation of what was to come completely overrode any camping gear jabbing into my body on the trip over. We met up with our crew at 9am, and by 1pm had a group of over 30 people ready to #squaddddup at the camp grounds. This is another MUST to have while going to a camping festival because the individuals you rave out with are one of the most important factors when it comes to having good vibes and a great time.
We camped in Portal 4 and called our tent, “The Taj Mahal of Chobee.” The name was suiting due to its excessive size and tapestries, coupled with hippie-themed decorative garnishes. It was absolutely perfect. Our 12-person tent comfortably slept five of us and a few spiders we caught creeping around the corners.
After settling in, the music slowly started to ring into our ears as the festival came to life. We made a point to explore every prime location and dope secret spot while letting the music fuel our energy each day. Jungle 51 and Aquachobee were by-far the most unique and intriguing locations. These locations are most definitely places that one has to experience for themselves; but for those that haven’t, allow me to create a euphoric image in your head.
Jungle 51 is truly an oasis that you can’t help being attracted to! The tall and bright green palm trees draw you in at night, especially when the lights from the stage reflect on the trunks. This stage was one I didn’t get to see last year, so experiencing it this time around was more than mesmerizing. Jungle 51 is definitely the place one goes to jam out to their favorite tropical mixes.
As for Aquachobee, hanging out in this colorful beach area on Saturday was probably the best day. Okeechobee did an amazing job of making everyone feel like a VIP by providing hot pink cabanas that were first come first serve. You already know our group swooped in on that the second we got there! We posted up as early as we could to absorb some Vitamin D while jamming to Chet Porter’s incredible beach set.
These two areas were both placeholders for our fondest memories while on our Okee journey.
What were my favorite sets? That’s an easy one! Jai Wolf had an impeccably unique sound while Sylan Esso’s voice could sooth any aching heart. Theseare two performers I was excited to see most, prior to the festival. I have never seen Jai Wolf in person and although I have seen Sylvan Esso at Bonnaroo 2015, I have been itching to see her perform again ever since. Even with two different types of sounds, their talent equally radiated from the stages. I found myself completely lost in the musical algorithms they so carefully perfected for everyone attending Okeechobee.
I went with another amazing crew this year, with the added bonus of my boyfriend, Alex. Okeechobee was truly incredible in expanding my friendships, broadening my love and appreciation for the music, and further developing the beautiful relationship I am fortunate enough to have with Alex. Although Women of EDM strongly believes in women empowerment and raising awareness for gender equality, I felt compelled to write about the man in my life that has contributed to a large part of my magical experiences. I have never respected and admired someone as much as I do him. This trip allowed us to reach new levels in dedication to one another and in molding our individual character. What really sunk in for me as I reflect upon this trip was the importance of sharing special moments with the people I love while also being organically present for these occurrences. My Okeechobee adventure this time around strengthened my internal peace, connections with others, and my relationship with Alex, in ways I will forever cherish.
Happee Chobee, see ya next year!
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