Happy Anniversary to one of the greats! Sonic Bloom: The Unified Field, now in its TENTH year, was once again true to its name this 2016 summer!
Bringing together music and festival producers, artists and infrastructure from every corner of the country, this festival is not one to be missed.
Headed by iconic producer and violinist Jamie Janover, this incredible festival now calls Hummingbird Ranch, set beside the looming mountains of Spanish Peaks, home. With another new space comes a feeling of change and prosperity for this project. The 2016 lineup brought together diverse acts from across the country, from Tipper to The Widdler, Quixotic to Nasty Nasty, in a veritable wet dream of reggae, downtempo, glitch, bass and ambient music that will not soon be forgotten. Coming off of a loaded tour year and with two main stage sets this fest, Tipper stole weekend with a glitchy, millennia vibe and visuals by Android Jones to cap off the spectacle. After an early hint with the dropping of his Roots EP just before Bloom, Austin local The Widdler delivered a much-anticipated reggae dub set to a packed daytime crown that arguably rose to the top as one of the most creative sets of the weekend.
However, the true heartwarmer of the weekend, thanks to the love of the production team, was an Everyman tribute set to our fallen family, Dj Pumpkin. A packed crowd with hearts in the air jammed a Sunday set of Nick’s tunes stretching back to early Art Outside sets. For those who followed Nick from the start, who loved and laughed and partied with him, nothing at any fest will ever compare.
At the end of the day, Sonic Bloom has become a festival famous for thriving in an environment of change, family and forward thinking. As you plan your next summer, keep in mind that this music is not to missed.
Guest photographer Darren Shivvers Lee of RadicalVisionsATX