festival identity


Is this Holi-inspired Brooklyn festival cultural appropriation?

Is it cultural appropriation when a group of white Brooklynites drink Tecate tallboys, blast colorful powder at each other and call it Holi, the Hindu festival of spring? “I just wanna get colored!” said one festival goer. Reveling isn’t a bad thing — Holi is supposed to be about fun, after all. But this sort of adoption has offensive implications that are difficult to avoid.

May 6, 2017

Onesie: American Apparel

Jeans: Hollister Co.

Jacket: Levi’s

Shoes: Vans

Last night was one of the best nights of my life. My friend and I from my old school went to the Identity LA festival to see Giraffage and Dean perform and they were both absolutely incredible!

I’ve known about and have loved Giraffage’s music since high school so it was so cool to see him do this thing in real life. Plus, I had no idea he was from San Francisco until he said it last night; shoutout the Bay!

I recently got into Dean and his music last summer so finally getting to see him live and in person last night was truly worth the wait. He performed my two favorite songs by him, D (Half Moon) and Pour Up, and they were both fantastic live - ok, the entirety of Dean’s set was fantastic but I’m just really happy he sang both my favorites.

My voice is completely gone but I’m more than happy I got to see both an old favorite artist and a new one. Thank you so much Identity LA for putting on one amazing festival!


Monsters of Rock / Castle Donington

(various artists concert LP) Polydor Records, 1980

LP recorded at the first Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donnington. The cover art for the US and international editions was very different though the record’s content was identical.

This festival is considered one of the first major events of the NWOBHM period.


Women’s festival bans transgender women

Australia’s Seven Sisters Festival claims to create a space for women. That is if you’re “physically” a woman. In November, the festival took a stand against non-passing trans women on Facebook. Then in an official statement this weekend, shut down dissension and claimed to be seeking legal advice on the matter. Yet, an email to ABC news proved no such reconsideration.