What The Festival offers Wonderful Ways to get Weird

Written by Mia Nissen

Located in the Oregon forests lies What The Festival, the perfect environment to put on those dancing shoes and let your freak flag fly. With a wild combination of belly dancing classes, saunas and artisan showers (stocked with complimentary Dr. Bronner’s products), wizard school, and massage therapy, WTF is the perfect place to get a little crazy in a variety of ways. If you’re a fan of glamping, or have always been intrigued by the idea, WTF makes it easy to get the VIP treatment without the VIP prices. What more could you want after a long day of moving and grooving? Check out all of the spa offerings here.

Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom Photography

Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom Photography

What The Festival also features a lineup that gets your head bopping one minute and hips swaying the next. Whether you are into getting the funk down with Lettuce or feeling out the psychedelic vibes of Phutureprimitive, this is the place for you. With many smaller names on the roster, this is also the perfect environment to get out of your comfort zone and check out some artists that may be unfamiliar to you.


If you are a fan of electro-pop, or have yet to get acquainted with the genre, GIBBZ is one act on this lineup that is a must-see. An innovative artist whose lively personality and infectious humor are equal to his talent—check out his Instagram to see what I mean—he’s certainly perfected the love ballad. “I Found You”, an anthem celebrating newfound love, is my personal favorite to belt out in the car…explore his stockpile of tunes for yourself and let us know which one you like best! GIBBZ also utilizes looping in his songs, which is an intricate process involving the use of different music technologies like samplers, synthesizers, and drum machines to record short sections of material to create and overlay patterns. While looping is a difficult process to master, it is an awesome one to watch. Check him out below to prepare for What The Festival.

If you’ve been waiting for your opportunity to groove and glamp in the Pacific Northwest, now is your chance. Tickets for What The Festival, happening June 17-20 in Dufur, Oregon are available here. While you and your squad are waiting for What The Festival to arrive, listen to the playlist I made below to get a taste of the lineup!

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