From the creators of Free Press Summer Fest came a new music festival, In Bloom. It’s debut took place in Eleanor Tinsley Park over the weekend. Celebrating spring time, this festival was born out of a desire to escape summer thunderstorms that reigned over previous FPSFs.
With the weather finally on their side, and after several years of relocations and cancellations, the creators of the forever-cancelled FPSF made this year’s inaugural installation of In Bloom Music Festival one for the books.
Closing off a stretch of Allen Parkway from Taft Street all the way into downtown, Houstonians were able to freely traverse the busy roads. A unique experience in and of itself.
Of the utmost importance for attendees, however, were the performances. Though the headliners seemed to be lacking the familiarity that often appears across the top of major U.S. festivals, the In Bloom lineup provided a unique array of popular and lesser-known artists. Including several Texas based artists like, Say Girl Say and Explosions in the Sky, for fans to enjoy.
Headlining this year were artists Beck, Incubus, Queens of the Stone Age and Martin Garrix, along with others. Rappers like Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, and the infamous Lil Dicky also performed.
Overall, fans of all music genres had their itch scratched this weekend. Even the less-avid attendees were able to participate in activities. Events like free yoga, hosted by Black Swan Yoga both mornings or sun-bathe throughout the afternoons.
In addition to the major performances and early morning activities, fans were also treated to delicious food. With the vendors available just behind the DJ-centric centric Ostara Stage and under major overpasses. Although healthy options were tough to come by, fans were likely to work-off the greasy treats and tacos. Attendees walked the sometimes-painful and lengthy walk between the Bud Light Stage and the three stages grouped nearest to downtown: Ostara, Flora and Fauna.
Of the four, Bud Light was by far the largest. But, the Flora and Ostara stages were certainly the most unique. Tucked away under an overpass and carefully placed at the bottom of a hill and surrounded by trees, these two stages provided endless entertainment all-weekend to large numbers of attendees while still feeling very intimate.
Last but certainly not least, Houstonians were treated with unobstructed views of downtown’s massive skyline. Making the perfect scene for nostalgic selfies and social media posts throughout the weekend.