By Peter Warner ’19
The inaugural Lost Lake festival brought out a crowd of 45,000 during the weekend of Oct. 20-22 from all parts of the Valley to see feature performances from Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Odesza and others.
The concert took place at Steele Indian School Park, which is located on the Northeast corner of Indian School and Central.
The whole park was used for the event, and they also had a stage that took place on one of Central High School’s practice fields.
The hosts of the concert, Superfly Productions, made the concert as local as possible by offering primarily local food and drink, showcasing art by local artists, and featuring local musicians throughout the day.
Each stage had a name based on different features of the valley. There was Camelback Stage, Piestewa Stage, Echo Stage and the Lookout.
The headline artists performed on Camelback Stage, with other performances throughout the day on the other three stages.
Transportation, one of the possible problems, was handled well.
Anyone could use their festival pass to get onto the light rail for free. Lyft and Uber were also commonly used ways of transportation, with a designated drop off spot across the street.
The biggest problem of the weekend was the dust.
When I was there throughout the weekend the place turned into a dust bowl, I was constantly breathing up dust during the different performances.
Many people around me had had to cover their faces with bandanas to try and prevent themselves from breathing in the dust.
According to AZCentral.com, a crowd of over 45,000 people showed up from throughout the Valley.
The turnout was actually smaller than expected, leading to discussion whether the festival will return next year.
The Denver Post announced that Superfly Productions just signed a contract with Denver to do an inaugural festival like Lost Lake next year, causing the worries of the return of the festival.
The Lost Lake app on the other hand said “See You Next Year” when the festival was over, raising hopes for the return.