Imagine Music Festival’s second year at its sprawling, family-owned estate home in Kingston Downs, Georgia, brought with it not only the familiar beats of electronic music, but also a deepening sense of community.
Nestled roughly an hour away from the bustling heart of downtown Atlanta, Imagine’s location felt like a world apart. The 5,000-acre property’s rolling greens provided the perfect backdrop as tens of thousands of attendees descended upon its grounds, bringing with them tents, trunks filled with camping gear, and an appetite for music and camaraderie.
At Imagine, the action never stops. And this year, organizers went the extra mile in curating a diverse program that encouraged ravers to embrace every moment of their journey. From sunrise to sunset, and well into the night, there was always something happening.
One such highlight was the brand new Aqua Day Club & Pool, where festival-goers could escape the Georgia heat and dance the balmy days away. With performances by artists like Dombresky and Kai Waichi, it was the perfect daytime retreat for those in search of poolside beats and a refreshing dip. Upon entering the heart of the festival grounds, the landscape continued to be a canvas for vivid art installations, offering countless photogenic moments that added to the overall experience.
For those seeking to explore a more transformative journey, Imagine offered a plethora of workshops and activities that complemented the budding culture of wellness in the dance music space. From aerial yoga to permaculture, and from Meditation to Sacred Geometry, attendees had the opportunity to dive into various aspects of personal growth and exploration.
Beyond the scheduled programming, it was the spontaneous moments that truly defined the sense of community at Imagine. Campsites buzzed with pop-up afterparties, where friends and strangers alike came together to share music and create lasting memories. Outdoor tailgate games, crafts and impromptu gatherings added to the festival’s overall communal spirit.
At the foundation of any great festival experience, however, is the lineup, and Imagine’s was a treasure trove of unique bookings that set it apart from other festivals. The B2B set between DJ Diesel and NGHTMRE set the mainstage ablaze on the first day, but the world debut of Subtronics and Ganja White Night was quick to follow it up with equally incendiary action just 24 hours later.
Meanwhile, SLANDER’s thunderous, techno-focused “After Dawn” offshoot was another highlight that provided festival-goers with a musical experience they would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
While Imagine Music Festival has primarily been a headbanger’s paradise, this year again saw some savvy moves into the world of house and techno, featuring the genre’s top talents of the moment, Dom Dolla and John Summit. Their performances added a groovy contrast for the festival’s predominantly headbanging crowd, though the continuity of energy remained unabated throughout their performances as the audience raved well into the night.
Overall, Iris Presents’ vision for Imagine has become more cohesive than ever, and there’s a lingering sense of excitement as to what bold new chapter this promising events series will bring about next.
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