by WES FERGUSON
A hypnotist, a performer wearing a “drummable skirt” made of kitchen utensils, some 50 musical acts and thousands of “beautiful festival-goers” from all over the country are set to pour into Kyle on Saturday for an all-night dance party at Thunderhill Raceway.
|Name that act: The dozens of DJs and other musical acts performing at Saturday’s Euphoria Music Fest in Kyle are so hip, we hadn’t heard of a single one of them. Fill in the blanks to see if you can do any better:
__ Hobotech __ Sno White __ DJ Shogun __ Big Chocolate __ Darth & Vader __ MC Buda Love __ The White Panda __ Yoji
The lineup includes electronica and dubstep DJs in addition to world-renowned belly dancers, fire performers, Go-Go dancers and visual artists. The Federal Aviation Administration has given the go-ahead for a green laser that will beam into the night.
And the party isn’t over till 5 a.m.
“Yeah it’s pretty crazy,” said Sarah Johnston, a production and creative consultant who prefers to go by the name Agent Red.
To the people who live here, the sleepy suburb of Kyle might seem like an odd choice for an all-night electronica party. But the promoters of Euphoria Music Fest see an ideal setting for 5,000 people to dance their faces off.
“It’s a really cool mix of different types of electronic music, live performers, DJs and amazing performers making original music,” said Marcus Swagger, festival spokesman. “There’s also some pretty good local talent from around Texas.”
Security will be tight. Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said the first-time festival producer, Vivid Sound Entertainment, has hired around 20 off-duty police officers, most of them from his department, as well as some 40 to 60 security guards, fire and emergency personnel to keep the revelers safe.
The company has also been made aware of the city’s noise ordinance, Barnett added.
“The promoters have spent a lot of money to try to contain their event, including light and sound, entirely on that property,” he said. “It doesn’t mean someone may not hear a faint sound of music from there, but I think they are doing everything to keep it from being a nuisance or bothersome to anyone.”
Barnett walked through the festival grounds earlier this week and said Euphoria looks to be a major production both inside and outside the racetrack, which is on Interstate 35 north of Yarrington Road.
If the event is a success, it could become an annual fixture in Kyle.
“We hope all these people who come to our community will enjoy their stay here and come back for future events, stay in our hotels, dine and shop in our restaurants and stores and perhaps put Kyle on the map in a very positive light,” Barnett said.
With about 50 DJs and other musical acts, the party goes from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. and is only for people who are 18 and older. Tickets are $60. For information, visit www.euphoriafest.com.
WES FERGUSON is editor of the Hays Free Press where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Free Press and the San Marcos Mercury.Email | Print