Envision 2014 Preview
Envision Festival opens their gates just week from today, the countdown has begun! This transformational festival is taking place at Rancho La Merced in Uvita, Costa Rica. This is Envision’s 4th year, but the first at this location.
Rancho La Merced features lots of tropical shade, a 2 minute walk to a surf beach, and a waterfall just a short hike away. Uvita is located on the Southern Coast of Costa Rica, an area of bio-diverse jungles and warm ocean waters. This will be my first out-of-the-country festival and my first time visiting Central America, and I must say I’m incredibly excited by this amazing opportunity to travel to new places.
The Envision team has booked a killer lineup this year. At the centerpiece is midtempo glitch master Tipper who will play two sets, Saturday night and a sunrise set on Sunday. Other headliners include The Polish Ambassador whose special blend of space funk hop always gets the dance floor going, and Kaminanda who will ease us in on Thursday night with his hypnotic sounds. Other staff favorites include Phutureprimitive, Andreilien, Kalya Scintilla, Random Rab, Wildlight and Sugarpill.
Some acts you should check out if you’re not familiar
Mr. Rogers psychedelic glitch, oozing bass weirdness Mr. Rogers Soundcloud
Whitebear tribal step, murky downtempo Australian bass Whitebear Soundcloud
Fungineers improvisational comedy/beatboxing puppets Fungineers Soundcloud
Merkaba psytrance project from Yaygon Lamagaia (Kalya Scintilla) Merkaba Soundcloud
Goosebumpz gritty bass midtempo grooves Goosebumpz Soundcloud
Plantrae organic glitch, Beats Antique meets Govinda Plantrae Soundcloud
Mouldy Soul jazzy midtempo wobbles Mouldy Soul Soundcloud
kLL sMTH crunchy lazer bass kLL sMTH Soundcloud
If you’re into live music there will be some great bands playing Envision Festival as well. progressive rock/jamtronica group Papadosio is another headliner who will be playing Saturday night. Nahko and Medicine for the People combine island sounds, folk music, and a little punk attitude, with powerful, inspirational messages. I saw these guys last year and loved the energy their set gave off. Rootz Underground are a reggae band from Kingston, Jamaica. Rising Appalachia were heard collaborating with The Human Experience last year, they play a blend of folk, soul, bluegrass and other Americana genres. These two sisters have beautiful voices and are all around talented musicians.
In addition to all the music, there will be a ton of really amazing visionary artists. Autumn Skye, Jake Korbin and Tribe 13 Collective are among my personal favorites, but I’m excited to be introduced to some new names, of which there are lots! Bamboo DNA will also be on site creating their distinctive stages and structures hand crafted from bamboo seen at other festivals including Lightning in a Bottle and Coachella.
If you’re headed down there make sure
- You read through Envision’s FAQ/Traveling Info
- You’re passport is up to date
- You have your shuttle pass or other plans to get from SJO to Uvita before you leave (they can’t be bought upon arrival)
- You bring your own reusable plates, bowls, utensils and water bottles! Envision will have food vendors and free water but will not be providing single use or disposable options as a way to cut down on waste. They will be selling water canteens an bamboo flatware as well as having a class on how to make a plate from banana leaves for those who forget to bring these things.
- You have as much fun as humanly possible! (while remaining as safe and responsible, of course)