Five Years: Watching Konnexion Blossom
Unparalleled community culture, diverse music, unique stages, and mind-blowing art made this year’s Konnexion Music Festival the best one yet. Organizers took all levels of production to the next level to ensure an incredible weekend for everyone.
Saved by Water
Even though temperatures climbed well above 100 degrees during the day, their new location (The Meadow) had easy access to a small creek and a river across the road from the venue. The gnarly heat wave forced everyone down to the creek, which made for a rad party during the day!
The three stages at Konnexion this year were very well put-together and each one offered a unique vibe. The mainstage (named The Aurora) featured three light-up arches that were designed by local Boise artist Sam Kissee. These were the focal point of the stage, and the sheer amount of craftsmanship and effort that went into them was stunning!
The Ecliptic stage was built out of three giant white panels, which had trippy animations projected onto them once the sun went down. Two trampolines in front of the stage made this an awesome place to cuddle puddle and chill out during the wee hours of the morning. The Zenith stage was a small half dome that was surrounded by sculptures and lanterns, which gave it an artistic aesthetic. This was the spot that most of the local artists played throughout the weekend.
The lineup this year had something to please everyone. The Polish Ambassador played a groovy set that was laced with old school hip-hop and downtempo bass. Some of my favorite bass and dubstep artists from the weekend included Buku, X&G, Turtleboy, and Boogie T. Buku had the crowd buzzing with his original tracks like “Front to Back” and filthy trap beats; it was easily one of the best sets of the festival.
Psychedelic bass was the predominant genre played throughout the weekend with fantastic performances by Whitebear, Soulacybin, and SpacegeishA. Govinda closed out the main stage Friday night where he played the violin during his DJ set.
Art and Performances
Compared to years’ past, Konnexion definitely stepped up their game on live art and performances. Sally Stevens brought a huge psychedelic wall of art that wowed everyone throughout the weekend. Her mural was easily eight feet tall and twenty yards long with color changing lights that made the painting come alive at night. Seattle-based artist Ryan Henry Ward was also at The Meadow painting one of his famous creature-themed murals. Local artists were also supported, and had the freedom to work on their individual masterpieces throughout the venue.
In addition to stunning art, the live performances were just as robust. Fire spinning, aerial silks, pole dancing, acro yoga, and hooping were all represented at the main stage both nights. Live painters were also on stage painting during some of the DJ sets.
It was an absolute treat to see Konnexion blossom this year. Organizers put in tons of hard work to make the festival better than it’s ever been, and it really did pay off. A small, homegrown gathering with a supportive and loving community is something that is sought-after as music festivals are growing in popularity. Myself and many others are genuinely stoked to see what this festival has in store for the future.
Photos courtesy of BEB Photography.