RIDE 2015

  • July 11-12, 2015

  • 4th ANNUAL

  • 16,000 PEOPLE


PLACE


LOCATION:5 bears

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Telluride, Colorado: Telluride is magical! While driving into this gorgeous ski town my heart stopped as I gazed upon the incredible mountains and the rainbow popping out of the center of town. If you haven’t been here, you need to go! All of Colorado is beautiful, but Telluride is my new favorite!


VENUE:5 bears

BASICS


TICKET PRICE:5 bears

Worth every penny for such an amazing weekend:

  • General Admission 2 Day Pass: $175
  • Local’s 2 Day Pass: $165
  • VIP 2 Day Pass: $375
  • Children 12 & under free
  • Friday FREE!
  • Camping Pass: $50
  • Car Camping Pass: $95
  • RV Camping Pass: $200

CAMPING:5 bears

There were two camping locations. Town Park Campgrou11225098_562697990537971_2151337231132608538_ond is located just minutes away from the main venue. There were car camping options, as well as tent only camping. If you were in tent only, you had to park your car about a mile away in the ski resorts parking lot, but you were able to unload your car relatively close to your tent. There was a beautiful creek and waterfall going through the camping, making it absolutely perfect nestled in the trees! The other campground was about three miles away from the venue, but they provided shuttles to and from the venue.


TRANSPORTATION:5 bears

You can fly right into Telluride airport (TEX) or any of the other airports nearby, there are many within a two hour drive. I recommend driving if possible, it was an absolutely gorgeous drive! Once there, there is an amazing free shuttle to bring you all around town.


SECURITY:5 bears

There were people checking your bags as you walked into the actual venue, but most of them weren’t looking very hard or were only looking for alcohol and glass. There was no camping security or car check.


FESTIPEOPLE:5 bears

Ski bums, mountain bikers, Panic heads, and more! Telluride brought out so many amazing FestiPeople!


WEATHER:4.5 bears

There were scattered rain storms every now and then, but nothing too heavy. Telluride is at a high elevation, so be sure to bring extra layers for when it gets colder at night!


HANDLING OF THE WEATHER:5 bears

Somehow the storms always came between sets, so none of the music was cancelled or delayed! Simply magical!


MUSIC

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DAYTIME SHOWS:5 bears

Every show was amazing. There was some difficulty with the sound during the first few shows on Saturday, but each and every act was one not to forget! Below are some of my favorites from the weekend.

Dorothy:

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Coming from Los Angeles, Dorothy is a rocker chick through and through with a killer band match. She brought the perfect energy to the stage to start off the festival!

Zella Day:11722154_562701020537668_8104531525171164427_o

Zella is absolutely gorgeous and has the vocals to go along with it! This American indie pop singer and songwriter hails from Pinetop, Arizona.

Moon Taxi:

11705473_564302897044147_6879308138942283778_oRide the Moon Taxi! These boys from Nashville, Tennessee have been touring since 2006.  Starring Trevor Terndrup, Tommy Putnam, Spencer Thomson, Tyler Ritter, and Wes Bailey, they met while attending Belmont University and have been stealing hearts around the country ever since. If you haven’t had a chance to see them, check them out on tour now!


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Widespread Panic:

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Panic hadn’t performed in Telluride in many years, so I knew the show would be epic, but boy oh boy did they bring it! They were the headliners both nights, closing out the festival with a bang. Saturday night they played some of my favorites including a dirty Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Fishwater > Sell Sell > Big Wooly Mammoth. They finished out the set with Can’t Find My Way Home and were joined on stage by Warren Haynes from Gov’t Mule. Sunday night opened with Hatfield > Henry Parsons Died, and I knew we were in for a real treat. The Dickinson brothers from North Mississippi Allstars joined them to close out the set with Arleen > Red Hot Mama, followed by an encore of Honky Red and City Of Dreams. To listen to the sets, head to PanicStream.


LATE NIGHT SHOWS:5 bears

The late night shows were all at bars downtown, just a quick 10 minute walk from the main festival venue. Most of the shows were included in your festival wristband, all except for shows at the Sheridan Opera House.

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STAGE SETUP:5 bears

One main stage with endless amazing music – what more could you ask for? There were 30 minute set breaks between each show to allow you to get drinks or run back to your campsite, and even a “Dinner Break” before Panic Sunday night. It was a perfect setup, you didn’t have to miss any music!

FESTITIP: THE INFAMOUS “TARP RUN” – FANS LINE UP HOURS BEFORE THE GATES OPEN TO LAY THEIR TARPS IN THE FIELD. BE SURE TO BRING YOURS AND GET THEIR EARLY IF YOU WANT TO CLAIM YOUR SPOT!

EXTRAS


COMMUNITY EVENTS:2 bears

No community events, but the festival brought out the beautiful community of Telluride.


TRIPPY ASPECTS:3.5 bears

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The sunsets each night were incredible, and the mountains gave the perfect backdrop to some unbelievable music. The stage setup was also really cool, with buildings on one side and an old VW bus on the other side. Plus, there were rainbows nearly every day!

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FOOD VENDORS:5 bears

So much amazing food! Endless choices between the festival and downtown left you feeling full and happy 🙂


MERCH VENDORS:5 bears


YOGA:3 bears

There wasn’t any yoga provided at the festival, but there was a yoga festival in town you could pay to go to as well!

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WORKSHOPS:1 bear

None 😦


HELP THE ENVIRONMENT:1 bear

None 😦


BONUS POINTS:1 bear

  1. FREE gondola rides up Telluride ski mountain!

TOTAL FESTIPOINTS: 86!

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