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Much like an estranged lover, you may have forgotten about festival season, let it drift away into the furthest corners of your subconscious, only to resurface on rainy days. But festival season is right around the corner, and here at SpinTalk we remember it with all the terrifying intensity of being chased by a pack feral mongooses across the Iberian Peninsula. With that chilling thought, let’s reminisce and take a look back at Moonrise 2016.

There’s really no need to go over a play-by-play of Moonrise.  If you missed it, you missed out. And that’s exactly why we write these articles- so you can feel guilty about not going and rethink your life choices. That being said, I wanted to hit on some of the highs and the lows and wrap up with some deeply cathartic and heartfelt impressions about the festival as a whole.

Let’s start with the highs:   

The music of course was great. There were almost too many stages to go to in such a short time. The line-up was solid and, I spent a lot of time just wandering aimlessly from stage to stage looking for something good to hoop to. One thing that really struck me while I was there was how incredibly friendly and welcoming people were. Back in Michigan, several EDC festivals in my area (and one in particular which shall remain unnamed) have gained a reputation for theft and violence. I was a little gun shy going in, but it didn’t last long. I got compliments on everything from my shoes and my sunglasses, to my hoops and my flow. There was no shortage of friendly strangers who were willing to introduce themselves and exchange a hug or a high five. Arguably, one of my favorite comments came from a guy who told me I should fill all five of my hoops with tequila and have a party. I think he may’ve unknowingly invented a new sport for festival season.

Among some of the very cool strangers I met were Nadine and Jenna. Nadine was brave enough to do some partner hooping with me

and Jenna gave me this amazing hoop love kandi even though I had none to give back.

I think this was the thing I loved most about flow arts at this event.  It gave me a great way to connect with other people. For those of us who were already spinners, we got to meet up and jam, and for everybody else it was a great way to break the ice and cover up the fact that I totally can’t dance…at all. I cannot stress this enough. I have no rhythm, no beat, no style, and no swagger. Hooping saved my life at Moonrise and made me look like a passable dancer.

Now on to the lows:

Let’s start with the cell network. To say it was bad would be the understatement of the century. There were so many people on the networks that phone calls were like using ham radio during a solar flare, and social media was the equivalent to chiseling things on stone tablets and waving them across the field to your friends. I sent a text message while I was there and it didn’t arrive for almost thirty minutes…it was bad. The few times we did manage to get service, the calls were distorted and not unlike the sound effects from a 1960’s scifi movie (the scene where the aliens are sitting at an absurdly large control panel and aimlessly pushing buttons in an almost comical fashion). It was a miracle that any of us ever found each other.

Another frustration was the cost of water—almost 4 dollars a bottle! I wound up biting the bullet because I was desperate, only to realize later that free water was everywhere. There fill stations for your own water bottles were in the back, and almost every stage had security guards giving out free bottled water. Lesson learned.

Last but not least was the Lyft tent. Now I want be up front that I have nothing against Lyft personally or professionally. I have actually used them on several occasions. That being said, the Lyft tent had some issues, that hopefully (with a little bit of constructive criticism) will resolve themselves next year. The Lyft tent was the only place to charge your phone. With the cell network jammed as it was, battery life was short lived. Foreseeing this need, the Lyft tent provided a place to power up drained cell phones. In concept this was a great idea, but the execution had a few hiccups. First and foremost, you had to have the Lyft app on your phone to use the station.

“Sure I’ll download it, no big deal.”

—Except, as discussed earlier, there was almost no possibility of phone data. This led to the arduous task of begging and bartering with the Lyft tent staff, insisting that you did, in fact, have the app downloading, it just wasn’t finished yet. After promising them my first-born child, I got in line and waited my turn. While the first few times went fairly smoothly, the order of the lines often got confused.  People just arriving to the station got priority over all of us who had been waiting for the last half hour. On top of this, phones often got unplugged before they were finished charging, meaning that your battery life was exactly where you had left it before getting into the tent, but now with the added benefit of losing valuable festival time. Finally, one of us had our phone taken from the station. Luckily it turned up at lost and found, but the frustration of having to go through this process was too real. Overall, I think the Lyft tent could have benefited from closer monitoring and a higher staffing ratio.

Some closing thoughts:

After putting in a hard day of jamming and dancing, the three of us (Reese, Julia, and myself) took a deep and introspective look at our day. While we all had a good time, one thing we universally agreed upon was that, from a flow perspective, there wasn’t much added benefit to coming back the second day.  If you were there solely for the music, then this event was exactly what you were looking for, but for flow kids, it meant a lot of the same: walking from stage to stage, sweating buckets of water, and doing tricks for friendly strangers. We decided to call one day enough and went home to cool our heels and give our props a much needed break.

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