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Kongos, BROODS, Odesza on Lost Lake Music Festival

Written by Nikole Tower Category: Music Issue: October 2017
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Lost Lake Music Festival, presented by the makers of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, starts in just one week, taking place at Steele Indian School Park from Oct. 20-22. The festival will be headlined by Chance the Rapper, The Killers and Odesza. PHOENIX got the chance to speak with Danny Kongos of Kongos, Georgia and Caleb Nott of BROODS and Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight of Odesza about the upcoming fest.

Kongos may still carry their South African, slightly English accent, but they’ve called Arizona home for awhile now. The band, consisting of four brothers, spent their childhood out of the country but settled in the desert while they were finishing high school. Now they get to be a part of one of the state’s largest festivals of this kind.

“It’s pretty exciting and satisfying. We’ve been wanting to come back and do a show like this for a long time," Kongos said. "Last year we got to do that show at Crescent [Ballroom] and that was a lot of fun, but we haven’t gotten to do a big outdoor stage in Downtown Phoenix. It should be great.”

Kongos reflected on what it was like growing up in the Valley and moving on from places like The Lost Leaf “where we honed our chops and everything” to the stage of a major music festival. For first timers seeing the Kongos, expect an “energetic set of rock and roll.”

Because this festival is genre-crossing, rock and roll isn’t the only style of music to be found next weekend. Coming from New Zealand, brother and sister duo BROODS will take the stage and bring with them their atmosphere of electro pop.

With a lineup this large, it’s no surprise that the acts are just as excited to play as they are to see others perform.

“Chance the Rapper is playing the night we’re playing, and I’m definitely going to that...,” Georgia says. “That’s like a childhood dream to see The Killers. Other than that I’ll just wing it.”

It’s not their first experience with festivals either. A few years back they performed at Outside Lands to a much larger crowd than they were expecting. Hopefully Phoenix will give them just as warm of a welcome as San Francisco did.

Following their third studio release which came out in early September, Odesza will headline the dubbed Camelback Stage on Sunday night. Even if you’ve watched this EDM duo perform before, it won’t be like anything you’ve ever seen.

“We have a bunch of new productions,” Mills says. “We revamped some of our older songs. We basically remixed them to be completely new songs. We’re playing a lot of songs we’ve never played out before… We have a bunch of new surprises lined up. I don’t want to give too much away, but we definitely spent a lot of time working on it and we’re really excited.”

Being the first festival of this size for Arizona, it makes sense if this will be a new experience for some people in the crowd. It’s not hard to get overwhelmed when there are multiple stages, dozens of food options plus a variety of games to play. Mills suggests to “go in with a really open mind and try to see people you don’t know” while Knight said don’t forget to drink water.

Lost Lake Festival will begin at 2 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 20 and conclude at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. Oct. 22. Kongos will perform on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. from the Piestewa Stage. BROODS can be found on the Camelback Stage on Saturday at 6 p.m. Odesza will wrap up the festival on Sunday at 9 p.m. For more information about the festival, visit lostlakefestival.com.