I've sat down to write this blog post 3 times now. When I said words couldn't begin to describe my experience at lost lands I wasn't just saying that to be dramatic, I truly meant it. So here goes my final and hopefully successful attempt. If you aren't prepared to read me ramble about my weekend in a very grammatically cringe-worthy diary style keep scrolling for tl;dr and photos!
The 4 of us, my boyfriend, our friends and part of our Infrasound Music Festival family Rob and Abbie, and myself set out to get lost in the early morning of Thursday. Our trip began with an 8 hour drive from Wisconsin to Ohio. During which we came across what Shane Dawson would describe as a FEMA camp aka abandoned Wal-Mart, ate shitty Hardees, and scrolled the reddit forums and Facebook discussions to see what was in store for us at the security checkpoint. We were met with horror stories of 8 hour waits and security on power trips throwing away prescription medication and tossing valuables onto the ground. Creating quite a mass of people on Facebook upset about Lost Lands before the activities even began. We did our best to stay positive and were happy to see how involved Jeff AKA Excision had been with responding to these complaints, already firing people who were crossing the line and assuring us that he has our backs via Twitter.
When we finally arrived around 6 pm there were maybe about 12 cars ahead of us to the security checkpoint. Our wait only ended up taking about 3 hours in total and our security was super chill. Joking around with us to "hand over our drugs" checking over a few things, having us hand over our medications to the medics to check over, but mostly just using our air conditioning and making sure we weren't bringing anything dangerous into the festival.
Once we arrived at camp we quickly set everything up and threw on some makeup to head over to the pre-party. Which we unfortunately missed, but we spent the rest of the night exploring the campgrounds, swinging from a vine we found (it doesn't get more Lost Lands than that) and meeting our neighbors.
Day 1 began with a crappy cup of $10 coffee and us exploring more of the shops within the campgrounds. I rocked my leopard print set that I made and wore during Infrasound. Yes, I am repeating an outfit but hey I didn't make this just to wear it once!
After getting fed and ready we made our way to the festival grounds. I can only describe my first reaction to the festival grounds as "in total awe." I was shocked by the size, amount of people, amount of dinosaurs, the freaking volcanoes, the Million watts of bass, basically everything! The number of videos I watched didn't prepare me for what I was witnessing before my eyes. This place was suddenly real and I couldn't wait to explore it. We watched Midnight Tyrannosaurus at Prehistoric Paradox getting our first look at the Stage and the incredible totems people made. This Jeff Goldblum one was one of my favorites.
We made the mistake of returning to our campsite partway through the day. I recall hearing a remix of the Jurassic Park theme song off in the distance and realizing we were going to miss Zomboy's set if we didn't leave immediately. We found ourselves a cab (Golf cart) and headed off to the festival. Making it in time to see Zomboy and one of the best sets of the weekend, Excision!!! I swear I died and went to heaven when Akylla came out to perform Drowning. Once Excision was done blowing our minds he gave us another gift I didn't even know I wanted. The gift of watching the movie that inspired all of this and that meant so much to so many of us as children Jurassic Park. I couldn't have said it better than my friend Rob "He gave us the gift of seeing Jurassic Park again for the first time." I seriously felt like a child again. Not just because I was wearing a onesie and surrounded by other people wearing onesies while running around hugging dinosaurs I was convinced were real, but because I just had my mind blown and was now realizing an arrow filled with nostalgia had been shot through my heart. That's honestly the only way I can begin to describe it. This wasn't just any Jurassic Park either. It was the highest quality I had ever seen it in. Some scenes even had extra stuff added to them like Excision's music! This night made me realize no power tripping security guard, crappy camping spot, lost valuables, or hurricane (this will make sense later) could ruin this weekend!
We managed about 2 hours of sleep, sleeping in a tent that was literally sitting at a 45-degree angle. I wish I was kidding, but our tent legit looked like the inside of a rocket ship LMFAO. If that wasn't silly enough I had that silliest Porta Potty experience of my life this morning. There was a line of cars driving into camp. One of which decided to blast some bass and yell "BASS WHILE YOU POOP!" which I responsed with a "WOO"and a girl a couple Porta Pottys down responded with a "YEAH BASS SHITS!!!"If this isn't the greatest depiction of the Lost Lands family I don't know what is. After we all finished our bass shits and got ready for the day we set off to rage and not return to camp till the day's festivities were over! We watched Bleep Bloop from the tree lines and saw the most fitting totem of Mr. Krabs saying "It's the one that goes Beep Beep Boop Bop." The rest of Saturday consisted of me riding a freaking triceratops, eating the best festival food of my life, meeting a man whose outfit was made entirely of hexagonal mirrors, and having my mind blown in a million different ways by Boogie T, G Jones, Bear Grillz, Rusko, Ganja White Night, Illenium, 12th Planet, and Virtual Riot. Oh, and I am 90% sure I shared a moment with Excision in the crowd. Or at least with some dude that kinda looked like him wearing a Pashmina over his head and a gold eyepiece over one eye.
While planning our day at camp we were notified that the festival was ending early due to the hurricane!!! So we packed up camp and headed off to make the best of the final day. This was the day of the secret special guest and we had absolutely no idea what we were in store for. We made sure to get as close as possible though and who was it but DJ DIESEL AKA Shaquille O'FREAKING Neal!!! Never in a million years did I think I would see Shaq perform live. He held Excision up on his shoulders at one point and I am still waiting for someone to make this into a pin. His graphics were hysterical. He took the scene from the first Jurassic Park where the kids are hiding from the raptors in the kitchen and put his face on the raptors! His set was followed up by Excisons's Detox Set then Jauz which were both killer sets. We took a break to stuff our faces with more delicious food, explore one last time, catch a bit of Rezz then finish the night with Doctor P and Flux Pavilion.
Leaving was heartbreaking and I think I would have cried if part of me wasn't in disbelief that I was leaving the place that was my home the last 4 days. This festival brought so many loves together music, film, art, and fashion. I spoke with so many wonderful creative and talented people and had the experience of a lifetime which made me realize I need to stop making excuses for not following my dreams. I learned to sew when I was a child and fashion and design have been so important to me ever since. It's time I start sharing my creations with the world and use them as a way to be a part of a community I love so much. So lovelies get ready because this girl is starting her own festival line! It's going to take time but I want to at the very least start selling these furry hats(pictured below).
I feel like I've been lost for a long time and it ironically took a festival called Lost Lands to help me find my path. So thank you to Excision and the Lost Lands team for inspiring me and giving me and many others a weekend we will never forget!
I swung from a vine, rode a triceratops, met a man in a mirror suite, took bass poops, slept in a rocket ship, possibly shared a moment with Excision in the crowd, saw DJ Diesel aka Shaq perform and lift Excision up on his shoulders, hugged dinosaurs,ran from a hurricane and lost my freaking mind at Lost Lands!