Weekend Recap: Form Fest
Hosted at the Arizona desert eco-city of Arcosanti, Form Festival played out across three days and nights amongst the site’s permanent other-worldly architecture and canyons, offering a fully immersive experience of music and art, culture of the sustainable and ethical variety, and panels hosted by groups like ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
Attendees camped out on site and, if so inclined or awake early enough, took in yoga, swimming, and hiking before the music curation kicked off inside two spectacular amphitheaters. The Arcosanti site broke ground in 1970, and has been maintained by over 8000 students and volunteers over the years ever since. Form presented a welcome alternative to mega festivals with a smaller crowd of up to 1500, with sets ranging in genres and a diverse roster of performers, including Blood Orange (in a solo ‘unplugged’ style show), Beach House, Flying Lotus in 3D, Empress Of, Daniel Caesar, Hundred Waters, SOPHIE, Dirty Projectors, Fleet Foxes, Charlie XCX and dozens more. Sigur Ros’ Jonsi, under cover of darkness, performed a stunning ‘sound bath’ to hundred of people under immense arches as an alien-like chandelier radiated light and color. Miraculously, not one cell phone broke the mood.
It has to be amongst the best and most patron friendly festivals on the calendar (more of a micro festival really) and mercifully sans excessive over-the-top branding. After a third and final stunning sunset on yet another perfect day, and as luminous sounds drifted through the desert air, it felt like discovering the best kept secret on the U.S summer festival circuit.
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