I keep reading unfair articles and ridiculous tweets about the Eaux Claires IV Festival this week. Complaints ranging from lack of bathrooms and food vendors, to the absence of surprises and an underwhelming lineup...... So many issues that I felt the need to set the record straight. For those of you who thought the festival sucked because you weren't able to plan or get excited for a surprise headliner, then this festival isn't for you. The intention of this festival, from its birth, was to celebrate music in its purest form. That means very little advertising, smaller stages, no headliners, and an emphasis on local art.
The (absurd) people who are upset missed the point of the festival. They are upset because they can't comprehend what happened; they simply are not used to a festival that will sacrifice money for a pure experience. Sure, Festivals can attain expensive, popular artists and sponsors, but this concept ruins the art of collaboration and community. Eaux Claires IV surprised us with new songs, plentiful artist collaborations, and moments that very well may never be heard again. They created an atmosphere full of local talent, unique sounds, unbelievable interactive art, and special stages to build a once-in-a-lifetime experience... And if you missed that because you were too busy worried about your headliner, then I feel sorry for you.
The most important and overlooked part of the festival is the hearts of the talent. The artists of this year, in particular, were not only musically gifted but understand what music is about. Song at its core, was not made for money, or reward, or fame. But a way to cope and heal us as people. And today, the music industry is so obsessed with commercializing the artist and their music, that we've forgotten what it is all for. Eaux Claires has given us like-minded people, an opportunity to forget all the bullshit in the world, be happy, to appreciate each other, and listen to rad music. A chance to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. The way life should be.
So haters... yes, it is not what you are used to. This experience is a rare thing; but do not base your opinion over your lack of understanding.
I am sick of reading hateful words about a festival that promotes nothing but love. My biggest hope is that everyone gets to experience an Eaux Claires Festival once in their life to enjoy the company of the utmost quality of people and music.
Ok, that is all. Much love and be good friends :^)