Nestled within the serene fantastic thing about Idyllwild, California, FWB Fest 2023 redefined the pageant expertise as a fascinating convergence of music and know-how. Also referred to as “Associates with Advantages,” FWB is a token-gated group and artistic company utilizing Web3 know-how instruments, based by none apart from Trevor McFedries — whose tech start-up introduced us Lil Miquela. You additionally would possibly bear in mind him as DJ Skeet Skeet, who toured with Katy Perry again within the day.
Set towards a whimsical backdrop, the pageant embraced the small and intimate nature of FWB, providing a very distinctive and immersive journey right into a harmonious mix of artwork and innovation. Discuss of Web3, crypto, and recycling unfold from formally programmed occasions to hammocks and picnic tables, the place attendees lounged, sipping from reusable water bottles — which they got in the event that they didn’t have already. These blockchain nerds are additionally discovering methods to battle local weather change — hopefully Greta Thunberg will get the invite for subsequent yr…
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What instantly struck me upon getting into the Idyllwild Arts Academy was the communal environment, harking back to Warped Tour within the early aughts, the place solely two phases have been arrange on reverse ends of an Orange County athletic discipline. Secure sufficient to satisfy 100 strangers, and possibly make your new greatest pal, FWB intentionally restricted the scale of the gathering to assist forge real connections and interact on a deeper stage with each other in what felt like a summer time camp simulation for adults seeking to revisit these fleeting junior excessive vibes. For those who’re studying this, mark my phrases: It received’t keep this cool endlessly.
The fastidiously curated lineup featured each established and rising artists, every delivering heartfelt performances that resonated with the gang. The small phases and welcoming settings created an environment of closeness, the place attendees may immerse themselves within the music whereas basking within the pure magnificence that surrounded them. Late-night after-hours with Charli XCX, who was celebrating her birthday by way of a DJ set with A. G. Prepare dinner, was one thing particular. We have been fortunately packed into an auditorium, sweating out the caffeine from the free Yerba mate — which managed to maintain me up till 4 a.m. The following day, I stumbled by means of a digital artwork present sponsored by OpenSea, meditated, tried some yoga poses, and met Max, a golden retriever who additionally occurs to be the official mayor of the city. To cap off the evening, Yves Tumor fully blew the crowds’ minds, and Caroline Polachek delivered a scintillating efficiency, catapulting all right into a fairy-filled dream — or possibly it was simply me.
What really set FWB Fest aside, although, was the pool get together, replete with smash burgers and lectures that I personally couldn’t sit nonetheless for. These little particulars made all of the distinction — a real testomony to the facility of intimacy and innovation. By bringing collectively music, know-how, and a close-knit group, the pageant succeeded in creating an expertise that was not solely fascinating but additionally deeply significant. Because the final notes light and the occasion got here to a detailed, I noticed that I had solely narrowly dodged a macro dose of mushroom tea, however I’ve a sense many others didn’t, and have been absolutely elevated to a better frequency that would solely have been magical.