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1Life Festival to celebrate LGBT community and electronic dance music lovers alike

June 26, 2014

By Wes Woods, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Calif.



June 26--Initially billed by promoters as "the first large-scale Electronic Dance Music Festival produced for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) audience," the 1Life festival has slightly altered its message to "A celebration of equality and diversity."

"The promotion is doing well but I wanted to change it to include equality and diversity," said festival founder Phil Tran. "I want it to be more than just the LGBT community as well as their friends and family (who are) gay supportive."

The festival's main event features acts like Robbie Rivera, Tenishia, Chus + Ceballos, Bright Lights, Maor Levi, Kevin Wild and others on July 5 at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.

In addition to the scheduled 14-hour Saturday event -- slated to run 4 p.m.-6 a.m. -- there is also a kick-off event set for July 4 at 333 Live in Los Angeles and a closing night party July 6 at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.

While the event hasn't yet started, performers said they heard some criticism of the festival being advertised as a LGBT event. But Wild, who hails from San Diego, has dismissed it.

"For us, it's about the music. But some people are turning this into a war on sexuality," Wild said. "It's become too politicalized and it shouldn't be."

He promised his set on July 5 would be "high energy" and feature "lots of custom made mashups and music."

1Life Festival, which will feature 38 acts, is beingign boasted as the first time for any LGBT event that there would be so many many artists at one venue at one time, Tran said.

"Typically, (artists) will play a four- or five-hour set," Tran said. "I said, 'Let's do something different. Let's make it more mainstream. Let's make it one-hour (performances).'"

Artist Levi, who plays progressive house with some trance and electro trance, said the hour time limit was a more than acceptable time frame because of the number of acts at festivals. Levi said he's already been "coming up with a lot of new material" just for the festival.

Tran said people who live near the National Orange Show, who have protested similar rave events in the past, should not be worried about the event despite the festival running until 6 a.m. and attendees being able to go inside and out of the venue.

"We worked it out where the music is indoors from midnight on," Tran said, emphasizing the outdoor music ends at midnight.

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