Into the whimsical wonderland of the Desert Hearts festival

Editor’s Note: Please enjoy a guest post and images by Colby Gregory & Tessa Walker about a festival that, honestly, I had no idea existed, until the told me about it last week and, yeah, California is full of surprises. Find more from Colby and Tessa at Digital Inversion.

As the Coachella Valley was rocked by it’s third major music festival weekend in as many weeks, just across the San Jacinto Mountains was another music festival that might just be worth exploring! We decided to escape the heat for a weekend and check out this Mecca for local techno, house, and EDM music that too place April 26 – 29.

A Bit of History of the Desert Hearts festival:

Desert Hearts is the brainchild of Ex-Pat Brit Lee Reynolds, Mikey Lion, Porky, Marbs and Deep Jesus and aims to create a supreme atmosphere of love and euphoria. All of the founders are artists themselves and have played an impressive line up of festivals between them, forging the way for the house techno scene of the west coast.

Beginning with 200 followers in 2012, this gathering has grown to over 5,000 who gathered at the Los Coyotes Indian reserve to exist as one for a weekend. The 72hrs of straight music pulses through the camp, encouraging festival goers to let their freak flags fly!

The Experience:

Desert Hearts is a culmination of music, spirituality, friendship, and so much more. I arrived and was immediately encompassed in a world of fire dancers, fashion shows, yoga classes, and non-stop music that kept the energy alive throughout the weekend.

Without any cell service or wifi to connect to everyday felt like another opportunity to reconnect with the people around you and just live in the moment. Swapping the Do-Lab at Coachella for the Burning man-esque atmosphere of Desert Hearts just might blow your mind!

Hopefully we will see you there next year.  In the meantime, see a few of our favorite shots from the weekend below and get more info on the fest here.


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