Last weekend, Filter’s Culture Collide Festival ruled LA’s Echo Park. In a creative neighborhood (and frankly, a city) that is used to booming, live acts seven days a week, it took something special like this to shake things up. Luckily avoiding the storm perils that befell the Austin City Limits festival the same weekend, the weather was perfectly comfortable. Splitting up the myriad of international artists from all over the world among six-eight stages over the three days, it was commonplace to see groups of fans scooting between venues to hear the different genres of music. I, too, shuttled between to get a flavor of everything on Friday and Saturday nights.
After finding parking (which took a little while), I witnessed a great slice of what the festival offered- viewing Vicente Gayo!, DJ Mujuice, Bagheera, Bleached, Mystery Skulls and Miami Horror on Friday. The next night, I saw NO, King Khan and the Shrines, The Rebirth, Melpo (who I got to know more through our interview below), Alice Russell (whose set and band were a highlight) and The Heliotropes. Each artist played around an hour and had the crowd (to which the studded leather jacket was the outerwear of choice for several) dancing and/or attentively head-bobbing in safe settings. The chill, community vibe emanated with fest folk enjoying barbershop shaves and tasty, catered tacos available at the main World Stage venue. Good times.