By Eman El-Saied / edited by Savana Ogburn. What’s not to love about Sweetlife Festival? Wait, you might ask, what’s Sweetlife? It’s only the most wonderful, low-key, environmentally-friendly festival of all time! On May 10th, 2014, Sweetlife began their 3rd annual festival at Merriwether Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. This year’s festivities included performances by rising artists such as Hozier, Bombay Bicycle Club, Capital Cities, St. Lucia, and the already established artists, Lana Del Rey and Foster the People. What’s great about Sweet Life is its accessibility- selling out in only 2 days, tickets went on sale for General Admission at $75, and VIP at only $95- it’s probably the most inexpensive festival you can attend these days.
Here’s a little bit of history on Sweetlife for you East Coast music lovers- “Founded in 2007 by three college students, Sweetgreen is a Washington, D.C. based destination for fun and delicious food that’s both healthy for you and aligned with your values. We source local and organic ingredients from farmers we know and partners we trust, supporting our communities and creating meaningful relationships with those around us.” Sweet Green is not only DIY, but also the most charitable experience- all proceeds help funds schools’ healthy eating and fitness programs. Basically, you are doing the world a favor by going to Sweet Life!
This year’s Sweetlife experience was unlike any other. The day began with the promise of rain, but nevertheless the show opened up with folk/rock group, Hozier, playing the Main Stage, and St. Lucia keeping the crowd pumped up at the Tree House Stage. At Sweet Life Festival, all of the most popular artists play the Main Stage, and many new eclectic/electronic artists play at the Tree House Stage, giving everyone a taste of some alternative jams as well as some of their mainstream favorites.
Some standout artists at Sweetlife this year were St. Lucia, Chromeo and Lana Del Rey. Coming from someone who was not a Lana Del Rey fan until Sweet Life, I think that the girl killed it! Going into the performance, I was not sure what to expect of Lana’s stage presence and vocal quality, but this performance was great. A few interesting things about Lana’s set were her graceful stage presence, clear vocals, and love for her fans. After every few songs, Lana would get off stage to hug and kiss her fans, take some selfies, and share some secrets about her upcoming new record UltraViolet, which is due out June 16th.
This festival cannot be missed, so for all of you East Coast babes, make sure to put Sweetlife on your must-attend list for next spring!