Magical Moments Captured at Oregon Eclipse

After years of preparation and anticipation, Oregon Eclipse finally became a reality full of magical moments on Big Summit Prairie. With headliners you could only dream about being on the same grounds along with an international flavor and attention to detail, the Symbiosis Gathering surpassed our wildest imaginations.

Oregon Eclipse
photo credit Jacob Avanzato

Oregon Eclipse was a full world force collaboration with 10 festival teams including Sonic Bloom, Lightning in a Bottle, Envision, Rainbow Serpent, Hadra, Noisily, OriginOMETEOTL, RE:Birth and Beloved.

The detail and love that was put into the production projected the strength and passion there is behind the electronic music community.

Take a listen to JPOD’s ‘Dance Tonite’ as you take our photo tour:

Oregon Eclipse
Moon Stage

There was the finely carved out faces of the Earth and Sun stages that seemingly transformed into a robot at night, symbolizing the synchronicity of nature and electronics.

Oregon Eclipse
photo credit Jacob Avanzato
Earth Stage

Then the Sky stage was built to create a house party atmosphere, perfect for the house and techno that was being pumped from the function ones.

Sky Stage

The Moon stage had a life of its own with unique shade structures and a super chill lounge area. The Big Top stage was a circus tent with a surreal interior, people could even hop on a 3-foot-tall box to boogie above the crowd. The Silk Road stage blew up with artists like Trevor Hall and Beats Antique coming through and was a great place to find peaceful acoustic music.

Moon Stage
photo credit Jacob Avanzato
Silk Road Stage : Trevor Hall set : Day 7

The Eclipse stage may have been the most innovatively designed as it turned into a live harp.

photo credit Jacob Avanzato
Eclipse Stage
Eclipse Stage

Beyond the 7 actual stages, there were multiple docks on the lake with DJ’s and on the final day when all the other stages were closed, Glitter Ranch truly shined. There was also a bunch of moving party wagons, we were quite fond of the bubble blasting one.

Bubble spewing party wagon
Glitter Ranch where glitter gets in your pants
Dock parties
Dock parties
Beach Parties
photo credit Jacob Avanzato
photo credit Jacob Avanzato
photo credit Jacob Avanzato
Tranquil dock with hang drums and other instruments for everyone to play

Some magical moments for us came when Desert Hearts who threw down followed by some members of Dirtybird at the Sky stage. We definitely learned a little more about a thing called techno.

Desert Hearts Mikey Lion

Enjoy Mikey Lion’s Burning Man set from 2016 below:

Desert Hearts : Mikey Lion

Also, Bassnectar put on a secret set on the Moon stage, spinning it old school Lorin style. CloZee certainly shined, with a filthy energetic set with a little unexpected hip-hop influence.

Bassnectar Eclipse Stage

Then of course The String Cheese Incident nailed it and explored electronic tracks like Daft Punk‘s ‘Around the World’ that fell beautifully into ‘Rosie’.

Kyle Hollingsworth
The String Cheese Incident
The String Cheese Incident

We were transfixed on the psytrance stage quite a bit, especially when psytrance pioneer Raja Ram from Shpongle took the reigns.

Sun Stage : Psy-Trance Stage : Raja Ram: 1200 Mics

Take a listen to 1200 Mics set at O.Z.O.R.A. festival to get a taste:

Sun Stage : Psy-Trance Stage : Raja Ram: 1200 Mics

It was great witnessing Sound Tribe in the zone playing through the sunset Friday night.

STS9 Eclipse Stage

Random Rab pumped his love bass out into the ether as the eclipse commenced. There was always someone good to catch and new artists to discover, except when the eclipse was reaching totality.

Random Rab as Solar Eclipse begins
Random Rab as Solar Eclipse begins
Random Rab as Solar Eclipse begins

The total solar eclipse was not a false alarm and the moment was more astounding than what any of us could have imagined.

Gathering before the solar Eclipse
Gathering before the solar Eclipse
Oregon Eclipse photo credit Jacob Avanzato
Oregon Eclipse photo credit Jacob Avanzato
Viewing temples for the eclipse
Hug a pickle after the eclipse. No one knew how they would react to the spectacle…
After the eclipse ceremony photo credit Jacob Avanzato

With over 30,000 people cheering on the moon, there was an overwhelming feeling of being connected with the universe.

The sky went dark, stars appeared, we waited patiently for the aliens, but only Marty McFly from Back to the Future showed up with his hover DeLorean.

“Where we are going, we don’t need roads”

Marty McFly returns after solar eclipse in his hover DeLorean

Symbiosis found new ways to create an immersive experience at Oregon Eclipse.

For instance, the legendary Meow Wolf had an art installation that blew our minds. One creation allowed for people to press light up buttons on a wall to create beats, which was kind of like playing minesweeper. The other one used laser technology to create an electronic harp that we could run our hands through to create wizardly melodies.

Meow Wolf Installation
Meow Wolf Installation

Another immersive installation was a fire spewing octopus looking structure people could pull a dangling chain from to unleash the fireballs themselves.

Fire spewing Octopus
Fire spewing Octopus : Pull the chain to create your own fire blast

Workshops filled half the festival schedule, which ended up having to be as big as a newspaper. There was plenty to appreciate that would require 7 days to fully take in.

Mud Bath Station
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The Village Oregon Eclipse
photo credit Jacob Avanzato
The Hub
Jungle Gym photo credit Eric Allen
Beach with waterslides photo credit Jacob Avanzato
photo credit Jacob Avanzato
Until further notice, celebrate everything
Oregon Eclipse

Come join the next beautiful experience that is being titled ‘Patagoa’ being held in Chili during the next total solar eclipse in 2020. Stay tuned for more to come.

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