As far as inaugural music festivals go, we couldn’t have asked for a more epic event. The Divide Music Festival featured an incredible lineup of musical artists from all over the nation. Each performer contributed to the positive vibes exhibited throughout the festival and campgrounds in Winter Park, Colorado. Sponsored by Leafly, the Divide Music Festival proved to be a wildly entertaining event full of music, food and outdoor recreation.
It’s always a good idea to get to get to a music festival early — especially when you’re planning for a full weekend of camping — which is why many visitors checked into the campgrounds as early as Thursday morning. By Friday evening, the campgrounds were bustling with festival-goers setting up tents, forts and other shade structures. The festival itself kicked off on Friday, July 22nd, at 2pm in the afternoon and continued all weekend through Sunday night.
A proper music festival isn’t complete without grungy campground shenanigans. Neighboring campsites flowed into one another creating a universal feeling of ‘togetherness.’ Drinks were shared, friends were made and roars of laughter were heard throughout the campgrounds. A variety of activities and outdoor games took place throughout the weekend, including corn hole, polish, Frisbee, washers and mountain biking. Hordes of people made their way back and forth between the festival grounds and the campgrounds during the course of the weekend.
Meanwhile, the festival grounds themselves were loaded with over two dozen food trucks and vendors offering a variety of snacks and merchandise. The VIP area, located adjacent to the main stage, was a convenient getaway from the crowd for those lucky enough to score upgraded tickets. While the A-List lineup of performers were best witnessed at the front of the stage, the acoustics also reached those lounging in the campgrounds quite nicely.
Friday marked the first day of live music, featuring Amzy, Bleachers, Cake and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros on the Grand Stage. Cake played some classic tracks from their impressive discography injected with plenty of political speeches between songs — most notably a lengthy rant about Trump. Edward Sharp’s band killed it for the final show of the evening. At one point, Edward Sharp walked directly off the stage stepping on the raised hands of his fans in the audience. After the show, the crowd rode the “magic carpet ride” back up the hill to their campsites to continue partying through the night.
Saturday morning featured a Kindness Yogo session for those looking to loosen up their joints and free their spirits. Saint Motel and Cold War Kids were among the early acts on Saturday afternoon. Passion Pit delivered their iconic vocals and EDM-infused indie rock music. Kid Cudi took to the stage with his own custom-designed stage work and art installations. His newest release, “Frequency,” was a hit among the crowd. Kid Cudi also reached out to the audience, shaking hands and calling out people catching his attention in the front-row. Overall, Cudi was by far one of the most entertaining performers at the festival
On Sunday, the final day of the festival, the Grand Stage was packed with another stellar lineup. Modern Suspects and JR JR kicked off the early afternoon of music, followed by Blondie, Miike Snow and The Fray. Attendees were blown away by how incredible Blondie sounded considering she’s been performing for decades now. Miike Snow delivered some of the best — and most diverse — music heard at the entire festival. The Fray was an appropriate headliner to bring an end to The Divide Music Festival.
Winter Park proved to be a gorgeous location for the launch of what promises to be a new tradition for festival-goers. Considering the amazing turnout of talent at the first-ever Divide Music Festival, we’re confident that next year will be even better. If you missed this year’s event, stay tuned for news and updates covering the plans for next year’s festival.