In Photos: Lost Lake Festival's Sunny Debut in ArizonaArticle by: Laura Mason|@masonlazarus
Wed October 25, 2017 | 20:38 PM
More than 45,000 music lovers gathered in Phoenix, Arizona, for the debut of Lost Lake Festival this past weekend. With massive headliners in tow – such as Chance The Rapper, The Killers, Major Lazer, Odesza, The Roots, Run The Jewels, Pixies, HAIM, Ludacris, and dozens more – Lost Lake is the region's first mainstream music festival and is produced by big-deal promoters Superfly, also known as the force that brings us Bonnaroo and Coachella.
Arizona is a natural setting for a major music festival; with toasty temps and unrelenting sunshine, it's got plenty of music-obsessed young people and it's easy to access. That's why it came as no surprise that the state – and the city of Phoenix, in particular – entered Superfly's crosshairs in the first place. After two years of talks with the city of Phoenix, Lost Lake settled at Steele Indian School Park where multiple stages of music, delicious cuisine, and interactive games sprawled across several acres.
Festival-goers were able to enjoy a weekend of exploring Steele Indian School Park, which features a rolling hill overlooking the grounds, rows of purple-lit trees lining its lakes, lake-based pyrotechnics, ducks swimming around, and cool grass to lay on. Shade was hard to come by, which is something the festival will fix in its second year, especially as Arizona's temps continue to err on the scorching side longer into the fall.
One highlight was the festival's FOUND marketplace, which was a refreshing change from the usual sight of fest grounds stuffed with corporate tents and activations. Sure, there was some of that, but FOUND marketplace featured local groups, businesses, and artists from around the Valley. Murals were also everywhere , thanks to nine local artists — including JB Snyder, Lisa Von Hoffner, Clay Halling, and Jeff Slim — who created large-scale throughout the weekend.
The arts scene in Phoenix undoubtedly saw a boost thanks to Lost Lake Festival – and with a successful debut in the books, we wouldn't be surprised if the rest of the state (Tucson, anyone?) follows suit. All hail Arizona as the next festival destination!
Enjoy photos below from Lost Lake Festival's sunny debut.