• Will Kriss

Festival Review - Big Fam makes a Big Splash in Lake Ann, MI

Like many other events in the last couple years, the inaugural installment of the Big Fam Music & Arts Festival had to be placed on hold in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

With that in mind, the production team was forced to take some time off, heading back to the drawing board to make the festival bigger and better for 2021.

So was it worth the wait? The short answer is a resounding “yes.”

Marked by rapidly changing weather, a well-curated lineup, and a small-festival setting with a big-festival feel, attendees of the first Big Fam were treated to a weekend of fun, friendship and new memories for everyone.

Housed at Harmony Pines in Lake Ann during the final weekend of August, I was lucky enough to be given a behind-the-scenes look at the grounds in July. At that time, very few structures had been built, but the team told me they had big plans for utilizing the space. Without giving too much away, they showed me where certain things would go, and what sort of amenities would be in place.

It was hard to picture it all when looking at the bare grounds, but I was very excited to see how it would all come together.

Upon arriving on Friday, August 27, the first thing I saw was a very large pyramid structure that had not been there before. I guessed (correctly) that it would be projection-mapped by night, and by that sight alone, I knew we were in for something special.