With its mingle of hippies, techno manager and hikers, this party deep in Californias gold rush country has resisted sneaking commercialisation
The narrow road to Belden Town, California( person: 22 ), careens through hairpin turns, down a thousand feet of craggy white-haired stone to the white-tipped rusheds of the Feather River. The only other vehicle for miles is a train extending parallel, cannoning through tunnels blown into the mountainside. During the gold rush of the 1800 s, a few cases boomtowns sprang up in the area. Now they are lonely outposts. But for one weekend a year, they host one of the west coast’s most sturdy and cherished party societies: Sunset Campout. It’s like an early 90 s acid rave convenes Westworld gratifies Oregon Trail, and its fib goes back 25 years.
In 1994, a youthful Bay Area upstart reputation Galen Abbott sold in his dreams of Olympic swimming for a placed of DJ decks. The son of hippies and a newfound inhabitant of the famed alt-culture haven of Haight Street, he was activated by the still-nascent San Francisco acid house rave scene, the transplanted UK party gang Wicked, and Future Sound of London‘s racetrack Papua New Guinea. Despite his enthusiasm, Galen’s homemade mixtapes- still actually tapes back then- couldn’t get him booked at any gatherings, legal or otherwise. A” psychedelic epiphany” at the nearby Berkeley Marina spurred him to shed his own occurrence at that exceedingly recognized, and Sunset Sound System- a free, weekly, deserter daytime picnic rave- was born.