The not-so-secret summer solstice festival outside St. John's
A festival recognizing the longest day of the year was held just outside St. John's over the weekend, as revellers gathered to celebrate the summer solstice.
The location for the first Electric Enlightenment Summer Solstice Festival event was kept relatively secret until the last minute.
The music, art, and holistic-health festival, dubbed a first for the province by organizers, was attended by people from across the province, but the location was kept relatively secret until the last minute.
Organizer Zane Snow said the location was kept relatively quiet to keep an element of mystery about the event, and while just 300 people attended, he said it was a success in his mind.
"Everybody loves it, man. Everybody loves it. I haven't been online much since I've been here, but everybody is super excited. Last night when we got here and we set up and the sun was going down and the bands started, everybody just loved it, it was magical," Snow said.
While most attendees set up tents and tarps to camp out for the weekend, Snow said there were some other, more unconventional, shelter methods used.
"I went out last night to direct traffic in and I see these guys in the U-Haul and I was like, 'B'ys you're awesome.' They have couches in there and the whole thing, it's like your own living room in the back of the U-Haul. It's wicked, I didn't want to leave, but I had to come back and tend to my festival."
Haley George, who travelled from Corner Brook with friend Elise Simon to attend, said it was well worth the trip.
"They [the organizers] were totally right, we really did need it. I can't wait for the next one, it is just going to get better and better and better … this one was so amazing, I can't imagine how good it's going to be next year," George said.
"If you come bring touton dough and beans, they are the necessities."
The festival was a pay-what-you-can event, and Snow said there are no solid plans for next year, but he definitely wants to make it happen again.