This Memorial Day Weekend, festival lovers united in the wilderness to experience the one-of-a-kind production that is Elements Music & Arts Festival. A three-day venture full of music, dancing, nature, art, and human connection, Elements Lakewood was surely the place to be over the long-awaited weekend.
While many festivals tend to be solely about the music, Elements is all about harmoniously blending music, art, wellness, and culture into one. Everyone you stumble upon seems to have a mind of their own and every place you step foot in sparks a sense of creativity instantly. From the moment we arrived, strangers demonstrated nothing but kindness and acceptance, and it was easy to feel at home right from the get-go. For those escaping the city life, it was refreshing to spend a long weekend within the pure bliss of our planet’s most natural elements surrounded by artistic inspiration.
Musically speaking, Elements Lakewood put on an extraordinary production all throughout. Showcasing an abundance of distinct electronic dance music genres, there was a time and place for everybody to indulge in, regardless of preferred music taste. With its diverse lineup, every single stage held its own unique vibe and showcased an extraordinary level of visual production throughout each set. The Air Stage hosted by Mixmag was hidden deep in the forest, and it was the perfect setting to watch the sun come up after a long night of dancing to its groovy live tunes. It was home to a wide array of eccentric artists throughout the weekend, where artists like Seth Troxler, Damien Lazarus, Francesca Lombardo, and a few others kept the energy going all night long.
Also nested deep in the woods was the Earth stage, where a variation of funk, bass, jam bands, and other eclectic genres took over at all times. Throughout the day we saw up and coming artists that completely blew our minds away like 5AM Trio and Beat Kitty, while at night big names like Clozee, Big Gigantic, and Liquid Stranger all had the crowd going wild. The Fire stage ignited the festival grounds with its massive explosions throughout each set, especially with that heat that came out of the fire breathing dragon across from the actual stage! Disclosure absolutely killed their special DJ set on night one after Fisher had the crowd completely under control right beforehand. Artists like Justin Martin and Shiba San also delivered electrifying sets and had attendees begging for more.
Although the weather was a little cooler than expected, we always found ourselves having an amazing time at the Water Stage daytime hangouts. Surrounded by sand, water, kayaks, canoes, and the intricately designed Elements pirate ship, it sure felt like an adult summer camp in the midst of an entire music festival. Throughout the day, artists spun tunes easy to vibe to at the stage’s serene, lakeside dance floor. On Sunday, the sun finally came out in full force and it was the perfect way to enjoy the last full daytime session as the entire lakeside was full of energetic attendees ready to dance the final day away. Tucked away was the Theatre Stage and the Pool Haus, which acted as indoor hubs to break away from being out in the sun all day and unwind to some quirky bass music.
It’s safe to say that everything about Elements Music & Arts Festival was absolutely fascinating. It was a three-day adventure in which we were able to get lost but also find ourselves once again along the way. An experience like no other, it’s definitely on the rise to soon becoming one of the East Coast’s most extraordinary music festivals. Everything from its location, stage design, art installations, food vendors, stage performers, and overall production was uniquely exceptional. A music festival getaway in the midst of beautiful nature? We’re sold. Thank you, Elements Music & Arts Festival for providing such an electrifying experience this Memorial Day Weekend. We can’t wait to return next year!
Featured photo by Get Tiny Photography (@GetTiny).
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