If you have not been to many music festivals, the Audiotree music festival is a great festival to get started with; and if you have been to music festivals before, it’s one you’ll surely love.
It’s the perfect size for a weekend outing: large enough to secure some extraordinary acts, but still small enough to be intimate and comfortable.
The event was held at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place. It’s not a huge area, but there was plenty of room for everyone. Parking was close and decently priced ($15 altogether for both days). Security did not allow food or drink into the festival but there was a spot to refill water bottles and plenty of vendors.
The assortment of vendors fit into the event was impressive; they brought food, drinks, records and merch, and a travel agency even showed up. The choices for food included barbeque, noodles and stir fry, or tacos. There was a vodka truck serving drinks inspired by the bands performing, and Topo Chico was handing out free bottles of sparkling water. The wait for the merch table was never excessive, and the people running it were friendly and pleasant to talk to. The single water fountain could have long wait times, though it never caused me to miss anything.
The crowd started out small: until Smino performed, I would guess it was about 50-100 people by the stage. More people were sitting in the shade away from the stage. After the crowd filled out, it was still small enough that a decent view was almost guaranteed. On Saturday, the amount of people attending multiplied, but it was still possible to see the stage or to get to the front of the crowd, especially if you weren’t concerned with personal space.
It took people a little while to get energetic. This was particularly noticeable during BADBADNOTGOOD’s set on Saturday, when the crowd was hesitant to go along with the band’s antics. This was probably due to the variety of bands playing: a lot of people were seeing some of the artists for the first time (myself included). This wasn’t really an issue though; the crowd’s energy was great once things got moving. It really was a pleasant crowd; even with mosh pits forming in the front and everyone dancing, I never noticed anyone being too pushy or inconsiderate. All in all it was a great crowd; it seemed like most everyone was always having a good time.