Festival Review: The What The Festival Superlatives

The most turnt moments from the annual four-day rave in the woods of Eastern Oregon.


It must be a good sign that What the Festival booked fewer big names than ever but sold out for the first time this year. On the unseasonably temperate weekend of June 19-22 at Wolf Run Ranch in Dufur, Ore., some 6,000 festies bought into the festival-as-experience rather than headliners-as-festival—and I was one of them. Disappointing performances from some large-type names on the bill (I’m ...   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

Live Review: What the Festival 2014

WTF Happened at WTF


What the Festival 2014 was a riotous celebration of art, film, music and community. But let’s be honest: Music is the center of the WTF experience. Amidst all the attempts at a silent disco and micro-stage diversions, there was only one way to enhance the musical experience: WTF’s two giant wading pools. Here's a quick rundown of highlights:Jersey club producer Trippy Turtle got things heated ...   More
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Braving the Beats

A What The Festival survival guide.

Music Stories
You’ve been to Sasquatch every year since 2009. You’ve run around in a glow-in-the-dark loincloth for a week at Burning Man. You might even consider yourself a “festie.” But you’ll still   More
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Live Review: What the Festival, 7/26-28


What the Festival is a three-day electronic festival that just wrapped up its second year. After blowing fans away with a well-orchestrated inaugural festival last year, WTF moved just outside Dufur, Ore., for a second year with high-profile artists and the high expectations that come with them. Friday The daytime pool party that kicked off the second What the Festival was every bit the shitshow ...   More
Thursday, August 1, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Top Five Under-The-Radar Acts at What the Festival

Top 5
ThriftworksJake Atlas has been slowly seeping into the consciousness of the California electronic scene these past three years, via a quartet of crumbling, downtempo LPs. Topping his discography i   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 ROBERT HAM


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