Bonanza Campout successfully ended its second year with genres aplenty to appeal to any music lover. The three-day music festival took place in Heber City, Utah at Rivers Edge Mountain Resort approximately 45 minutes east of Salt Lake City. With headlining performances from NAS, Nick Murphy, (formerly known as Chet Faker), Bob Moses and the highly anticipated Odesza—who unveiled never before heard songs from their new album, A World Apart that will be released later this year—Bonanza Campout proved that a festival can be fantastic in just its second year. This boutique festival of about 13,000 attendees over a span of three days got to experience a summer camp vibe with live art, art installations, arts and crafts, games and prominent local vendors that provide to the community such as Even Stevens Sandwiches, and Cotopaxi.
The curators of Bonanza Campout, Live Nite Events, outdid themselves with promising an impressive 30+ act lineup ranging from alternative, hip-hop and electronic music that allowed festival goers of all ages to experience incredible live acts across the board. After setting up our camp in a grassy area near some out of state attendees, we headed to the Bonanza Campout main stage where Nick Murphy ended the first night with a sultry live set that had thousands dancing ‘til the early hours of the morning.
Saturday continued with a hip-hop theme including performances from NAS, and female powerhouses Ms. Lauryn Hill & Tokimonsta. Unfortunately, festival goers were disappointed at some sound malfunctions along with Lauryn Hill running late to her closing performance, but the small difficulties didn’t keep anybody from having fun. While the festival ended around 1 AM, the party continued in the campgrounds all night with games, and gatherings of friends old and new.
Sunday had the highest number of attendees among the three days. Bob Moses, started off the evening with a live performance to die for with an hour set of hits such as ‘Tearing Me Up’ which had us, among thousands of others captivated with lead singer’s Tom Howies vocals and mysterious aesthetic. For electronic music lovers, Duke Dumont brought the heat with favorites like ‘I Got U’ and ‘The Giver’. Dumont gave everyone a taste of techno, incorporating darker productions from Nicole Moudaber and Adam Beyer.
Closing the festival with trumpets and fireworks, Odesza was the talk of the evening. This emotional performance had masses in tears, holding hands with strangers and dancing under a sky full of stars. Utah was lucky to hear 3 of their new songs that had their signature sounds. While we are waiting on this new album to be released on September 8th, you can hear two of their singles: ‘Late Night’ & ‘Line of Sight’ out now.
An epic highlight of Bonanza Campout was the afterhours party “Pond Yacht” in a cove hidden within the campgrounds. Those who were still in party-mode got to experience local acts and special guests take a makeshift stage within a boat with a raging bonfire equipped with log chairs, and s’more’s. The late-night gathering was packed with techno, house, dubstep and trap. Local favorites such as Typefunk, Nate Lowpass, Shields as well as special guest Tokimonsta kept the party going for hours on end “The house party Midwest vibe of being in the middle of the woods, getting dirty and weird playing alongside Lowpass and Capitan was a highlight of the weekend” Said DJ Chris Shields, a Salt Lake City Native “I made amazing friends with lots of positive energy. This is something new and fresh for Utah.”
Overall, we give Bonanza Campout five stars. Minor issues all weekend, beautiful weather, diverse lineup and good vibes. We are excited to see how 2018 will turn out. Live Nite Events wants to extend a thank you to the fans, media, volunteers, staff, vendors, city/county officials and Rivers Edge Mountain Resort. Tell us your thoughts on the Second Annual Bonanza Campout! –Erin Sanders