It was hot, crowded and loud at Fairplex on Friday. Tons of rock music lovers turned out for a full day of bands like We The Kings, Yellowcard, Devil Wears Prada, Falling In Reverse and myriad others. Band meet & greets, food trucks, a giant slip n’ slide, clothing vendors and DJs rounded out a perfect afternoon and evening of fun in the sun. You can watch behind-the-scenes videos and other fun goodies on www.vanswarpedtour.com.
Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival
No sooner did Warped Tour wrap up than Cheers opened on Saturday evening. As the sun set behind the San Gabriel mountains, Fairplex came alive with music, dancing, clinking glasses and a tantalizing array of food trucks. Guests spent the summer solstice sampling a seemingly endless supply of award-winning wines, spirits and beers from the Los Angeles International Competitions, participate in a silent auction benefiting The Learning Centers at Fairplex and dance their way through the Cupid Shuffle, salsa, Top 40 and other fun tunes. All in all, a success!
Bird lovers flocked together for an afternoon perusing cages, nests, vitamins, toys, treats and other fun items for their pets. It’s always fun to see the exotic birds on display and to learn exactly how many toys birds can possibly own, treats they like to devour and habitats they live in.
Things are going to be fairly quiet around here this week but our annual 4th of July event, KABOOM! is just around the corner. We’re ready for a night full of monster trucks, motocross and one of the largest fireworks spectaculars in all of California.
The 20th Anniversary Vans Warped Tour is happening at Fairplex right now! The infield is flooded with stages, vendor booths, food trucks and music lovers as far as the eye can see. We can hear the music all the way from our offices (no complaints here!)
Tightrope walking the Grand Canyon: Yesterday daredevil Nik Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas circus act did one of the more scary things in life when he tightrope walked across the Grand Canyon, no harness or safety net in sight. Using a two-inch cable rope spanning 1,400 feet across the 1,500 feet chasm, Nik successfully completed his goal despite the unexpected wind activity. The event was telecast live on the Discovery Channel and watched by millions.
Snapchat for the kiddos: Snapchat, already wildly popular with young adults–high teens and 20somethings alike–is branching out with SnapKidz. SnapKidz is essentially Snapchat without the messaging component (which as we all know is what makes the app so fun.) But for the 13 and younger crowd, taking photos, doodling on them and saving them to their phones is all they are allowed to partake in. Snapchat currently only allows users 13+ to use the app for privacy and safety reasons.
Vine who?: As announced on Thursday, June 20, Instagram has released a video feature on their app. Similar to Vine (but better), Instagram allows users to capture video in brief spurts of time. Users have the option of creating brief clips for one video by holding down the recording button to film and releasing the button to pause. The difference? Instagram allows users to film video in a 15-second time frame–9 seconds longer than Vine. Instagram video also features a whole new set of filters that can be added to the video during the editing process. It appears Vine loses on all counts but only time will tell for what’s in store with the company that enjoyed so brief a time at the top.
Local news: It’s been a busy few days for us here at Fairplex. The weekend started early for us when Vans Warped Tour started its two-day concert series on Thursday. Thousands of fans flooded our grounds for hours in the hot sun to listen to their favorite bands, take a turn on the waterslide and chow down on food truck meals.
Check out Vans Warped Tour’s YouTube page for footage of what the celebrations looked like at Fairplex:
Digital De-tox Revisited: Last week we mentioned the Digital Detox’s Camp Grounded where more than 300 people did the “unthinkable” and totally unplugged from technology for a full three days. While no tweets, Instagrams, Vine videos or Facebook updates were logged, Mashable sent one of their own into the wild. Read about his experience here.
EDM: Electric dance music (EDM) has grown in popularity to the point where it is now getting its own awards show. With favorites like David Guetta, Skrillex, DeadMau5, Swedish House Mafia and others making onto mainstream radio and festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Hard Summer and Beyond Wonderland attracting more than just ravers, it makes sense to have a form of ceremony to honor those who are making their art known. The event is being planned by Insomniac Events and Dick Clark Productions.
One of my favorite things about Fairplex is the versatility of the entire venue. Today, teens with bright colored hair and tatted up arms fill the infield while band after band rocks out all day (and night!) at Vans Warped Tour. The stages line the outskirts of the infield and clothing, food and music vendors fill the space in between.
It’s hot out there but that hasn’t kept the crowds away! Exhibit A:
The Domo Stage is packed!
Summer is in full swing at Fairplex. After the noise and chaos of Vans Warped Tour we do a complete about-face for the more mellow event: Cheers! We can’t think of a better way to kick off the summer and can’t wait for our personal grand finale: The L.A. County Fair