People in this festival were all about that hippie lifestyle, being happy and enjoying the good vibes from each other. Even the way they were dressed was so extraordinary, all kinds of costumes with the craziest color and accessories, I was speechless. Every group of friends carries a totem to find their friends and they were so creative, you could tell that a lot of time and effort was invested in them, which shows the commitment of people to this lifestyle. It was pretty much everyman for themselves unless you wanted to stick around your friends but just walking around was the best adventure because you would find yourself in the coolest tents talking to such interesting people.
The event was held in a farm so everything was green, you could sit anywhere and enjoy the shade of the trees or you could go to one of the stages and dance to the never-ending music. The first day I was all about the music and kept dancing from morning until I got tired at night and decided to chill out in the next two days by combining music and socializing throughout the day. Some of my favorite sets were: Moby, Flying Lotus, Odesza, Keys and Crates, Big Gigantic and Kendrick Lamar. My birthday was so special, I woke up and outside my tent was a happy birthday poster made by my neighbors and everyone gave me a little bracelet, ring or an accessory as a present. I have all of them with me and will save them forever because each and everyone of them makes me smile. Throughout the day I was bonding with my friends by enjoying the beautiful art pieces set up all around the stages and had my body painted, I felt so happy. It was the most casual birthday ever yet so special because all around me were good vibes and happy people trying to make me smile. We partied to Kendrick Lamar and Moby while the rain was pouring but it felt so good to dance in the mud, never in my life I felt more liberated, I didn’t care that I was covered in mud, looking like a mess, I was happy…that’s all that mattered.
Sunday was a really tough day because in the afternoon a storm started and the shows were canceled, we had to evacuate and bring all our stuff in the car. People didn’t care though, they were still raging and sliding in the mud, I have never seen a crazier crew in my life. I was sad that we had to leave earlier and that I missed Bassnectar’s and Infected Mushrooms’ sets because they were canceled but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Coming back to the madness of Manhattan, getting phone service and internet back I had so many calls and texts from my friends and family wishing me a happy birthday and saying the nicest words. I feel so grateful to have all these amazing people around me and I wish the nicest things back to them, most importantly happiness.
Despite the unfortunate events that happened on Sunday I want to thank The Hudson Project for creating so many amazing memories. This festival made me realize how quickly complete strangers can turn into family. I’ll never forget laying in the middle of the festival grounds staring up into the clouds with my best friend and dancing in the mud. It felt like home, like somewhere we were meant to be. This weekend has opened my eyes to a whole new world and I couldn’t be happier. I wish everyone who reads this will think about attending a similar festival because it’s a once in a lifetime experience. Much love to every single person I met there, you are all so special and turned this into an experience I will never forget.