Preview | Symbiosis Gathering 2013

This coming weekend B. Getz will attend and cover this year's Symbiosis Gathering for JamBase. He spoke with some of the performers and the event's producer about what attendees can expect.

The Symbiosis Gathering 2013 will be held at the beautiful Woodward Reserve in Oakdale, CA (a mere two hours outside of San Francisco) from September 19 - 23, featuring headliners STS9, Shpongle, OTT, Emancipator, Random Rab and over a hundred other artists making for an staggering, international music menu. With four main stages, a spectacular crystal- clear lake (in which you can swim!), magnificent sunrise and sunset views from lakeside dance-floors, cirque theater and comedy, mind-blowing art installations, Symbiosis 2013 is going to be a mind-boggling, monumental event for our times.

The five-day camping festival features a massive array of talent, with main stages and smaller ones like the acoustic "Living Room,” providing a veritable buffet of live and electronic music, global and galactic bass, from progressive house to the dirtiest trap and glitch, gypsy, sacred, world fusion and so much more. Waste Busters will be onsite to assist with recycling, moop, and sustainable living practices. The Symbiosis Gathering 2013 magically coincides with the Harvest Full Moon, the Autumnal Equinox and the International Day of Peace.

The event's producer, Kevin KoChen, shared some thoughts with us about the upcoming Symbiosis:

“The essential component was to take Symbiosis new again. It was amazing last year especially with the solar eclipse. Yet last year in 2012, people were wondering or waiting on the possible end of world or some 'phase shift.’ Since that's come and gone, now we know there no silver bullet that is going to 'save us' from ecological catastrophe. This year we take action, and start to solve the problems we are facing. That's what the essential five day permaculture course before our event is focused on. It includes fifty people including twenty-two from outside the US. We are excited to inspire people with practical applications of solutions. We also will swim all day and dance all night!

This year in Oakdale, CA we are more comfortable and so close to San Francisco. Very few festivals can you swim all day- it is ideal! The significant amount of natural beauty is amazing, we looked at twelve venues, and this is most friendly regarding accessibility, public safety, and input from the county.

As for curating music, we are glad to be moving Post-dubstep! We like to select artists on the edge; DJs, producers, and bands on their ascension, or well-established within our community. We're excited to host STS9, who some of us have known for years as well as bringing in the most international lineup for a festival of our size anywhere in the US.

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