What do you get when you grab a bunch of EDM, throw in some hard bass, and sprinkle a dash of Portlandia somewhere in Oregon? Pretty much a few thousand wild souls in a dark forest with barely any lights to guide their dancing pilgrimage except for the biggest disco ball in the Northwest United States… aka “What The Festival” in Dufur, Oregon.
This year’s “What The Festival” brought out more dreadlocked gyrators and bandana-clad hippie machines than Electric Daisy Carnival or Lightning In A Bottle combined. The three-day event boasted an eclectic smattering of Trap, Dubstep and DrumN’Bass amidst the backdrop of the panoramic beauty of Central Oregon. Less like a music festival and more like a wild forest rave, the atmosphere was more chaotic than other mainstream electronic festivals but allowed for a more unique, area-specific experience. The festivities took place at Wolf Run Ranch, a change of venue from the festival’s first year in 2012. The overwhelmingly vast (yet vacant) forest held two main night stages, The WTF Stage and the Effin Stage. ->