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Mysteryland USA Day 1 Photo Highlights

posted by Ingrid Pan on May 25, 2014

  • Photos by Marjana Jaidi

    Bethel, NY -- Despite spontaneous downpours and chilly weather, the first day of Mysteryland played full force yesterday to energetic Red Bull- and Heineken-fueled attendees. This weekend marked the US debut of the Netherlands-born electronic dance music festival, which is being held on the hallowed Bethel Woods grounds of the original Woodstock. The festival’s not over yet, but judging by the happy gyrations of the flower-crowned and tank top-sporting crowds so far, there’ll be real demand for Mysteryland to return next year.

    Click through for more photos from day one, featuring Steve Aoki, Seth Troxler, Dubfire, and more, and don't forget to follow us on Instagram for videos of fans' takes on the festival. 

  • The Mysteryland main stage channeled “Alice in Wonderland” fantasy and hosted names such as Fedde Le Grand and Steve Aoki on Saturday.

  • One of the most enduring #festivalproblems is finding your posse on the sprawling grounds. Ease the pain by turning it into a real life game of “Where’s Waldo?”

  • Drake’s appeal isn’t limited to hip hop heads. His cross-genre sounds attract EDM fans and lizards too.

  • Dubfire, a veteran of the electronic music circuit, pounded out pulsating techno to crowds under the Sunday School: Big Top tent.

  • Mysteryland's vision is to "bring fun and inspiration to every electronic music lover in the world," Irfan van Ewijk, one of the founders of ID&T, said at the press conference.

  • Smorgasburg brings some Brooklyn flavor to Bethel Woods. Get that artisanal goodness in my belly.

  • There’s now one less giant tiki umbrella hater in the world.

  • Dutch house legend DJ Dimitri helmed the decks at the intimate Sunday School: Vinyl Only stage.

  • Cheeky signs do double duty as photo-op favorites and clever ways for friends to find you.

  • Steve Aoki looking cool, collected, and cake-free as he poses for selfies with fans. His frosting flinging alter-ego CRAY-oki soon to emerge when day turns to night…

  • On day one, the carnivalesque Spiegeltent hosted underground heavyweights such as Eric Volta and Boris Werner, ending with Visionquest’s Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves, and Lee Curtiss in a four way tag team.

  • An exchange between Seth Troxler and Ryan Crosson of Visionquest. Ryan: “Tell me, where’d you get that body and booty-popping cross-handed turntabilism skills from?” Seth: “I got it from my mama.”

  • It was all smiles and good energy for the over five hour long set from the Visionquest crew.

  • The "Wishing Tree" installation by artist Kate Raudenbusch was one of the many touches of whimsy on the Mysteryland grounds. The work will travel worldwide to the festival's other destinations.

  • Chicago “house gangsta” DJ Sneak pounded out raw, percussion-heavy beats during his set at the Vinyl Only tent.

    See Also:

    Music Monday Playlist: Mysteryland USA 2014
    From Woodstock to Mysteryland: The History of Bethel Woods
    Mini-Fest Spotlight: Sunday School at Mysteryland USA