The 1st annual High & Mighty Festival presented by KLOS took place this past weekend, August 5 & 6, 2017, in Garden Grove. The festival was the created by Sublime with Rome and The Dirty Heads, and featured music performances from top reggae, roots, hip hop, and rock artists. The festival also featured unlimited craft beer tastings from top breweries, for those who were over twenty-one, until 4:00 p.m. on both days. The musical lineup for day one, Saturday, featured: Sublime With Rome, SOJA, Stick Figure, Magic!, King Lil G, Katastro, Iya Terra, Tunnel Vision, Tyrone’s Jacket and NOAHJVMES. On day two, Sunday, the musical lineup featured: Dirty Heads, Jurassic 5, Tribal Seeds, Tech N9ne, Chief Keef, Murs, Ballyhoo!, Pacific Dub and Know-Madik.
Two stages, side-by-side, were utilized for the event allowing for a seamless transition between performances. On Saturday artists performed from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., and on Sunday performances lasted from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The first day featured more reggae and roots artists, while the second day featured more hip hop and rap artists. Sublime With Rome and Dirty Heads closed out their respective nights of the festival, and their sets included the hits “Smoke Two Joints”, “Date Rape”, “Lay Me Down” and “My Sweet Summer”.
Fans had the option of purchasing VIP tickets which included early entry at noon for craft beer tastings, a commemorative VIP laminate, and access to the VIP lounge area which included: a viewing area of the main stage, private restrooms, chairs, bars and exclusive food options. Meet and greet VIP tickets were also available, and added a meet and greet with either Sublime With Rome or Dirty Heads (depending on the day) and a limited edition High & Mighty poster. Some fans complained about not being able to see the secondary stage as well as the main stage. However, as other fans pointed out, the fans who were complaining could have easily left the VIP lounge, and walked over to the secondary stage to get a better view of the performances.
This was my first time attending a festival at this venue, and I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised. The footprint for this venue was smaller than any of the other venues I have attended for music and craft beer festivals, but at no time did it feel cramped. Trees in the southern area of the venue provided a good amount of shade, a welcome relief from the sun. Most of the food vendors were also located in this area, along with patio style tables and chairs, which made it easy to relax and enjoy a meal.
The High & Mighty Festival is the type of festival which makes you look forward to summer’s arrival. It was a pleasure to attend the festival’s inaugural weekend, and I hope it will soon become a summer staple.
– Martin Shook
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