That Merry Wanderer of The Night

By Charelle Evelyn on June 25 2014

You have to
dance like no
one’s watching.

PHOTO CREDITS: Christos Sargiogos

Prince George’s only transformational music festival returns July 18-19 and the organizers behind MidSummer’s Dream want nothing more than to create a safe space and an amazing experience. It’s still a new message, said Karm Manhas. Just because you’ve been to a nightclub or a wedding and hit the dancefloor doesn’t mean it’s going to be the same thing at the overnight, all-day event. “There are no limits to your dance. There is no way how to do art or to dance so it truly is an ecstatic form where you can be rolling on the ground, to miming,” Manhas said. “That’s in your heart, and if it makes you happy there’s this release that comes from that. You don’t know, until you have it experienced it.”

The 19+ event is drug and alcohol free. Engrained into everything throughout the day are messages about the power of intention. “There is a change that happens when you set an intention – I want this to happen for myself and the way how to do it,” said Manhas. “We incorporated it throughout the day. It’s constantly happening in messages everywhere: hidden in the lasers in the trees, to signs and the imagery and all of the social media. The message once is that it’s about growing and learning and making it cool. It’s cool to have healthy relationships, to communicate.” They recognize this type of event isn’t for everyone, but Dave Mothus said those who participate don’t leave unaffected.

“But the people who do come, no matter what background they have, what personality type they have, every person who ever comes and attends leaves saying the same thing: ‘Wow.’” This year’s festival lineup features a cavalcade of DJs including Vespers, Moon- Tricks, Nelos, Phil Brown, Freddy J, Tommy Boy, Griz Lee, Akimi, ShockRA, BreO, Benedict Beattie, DJ Gravage, Seclipse, Hedway, Seedspark, Sadowick, Circadian Rhythm, ILOVETT, Carissa Gem, Bob Smoke and Colin Syck. “We added a second stage for Saturday, which is going to be ridiculous,” said Mothus.

There are also vendors, visual and performance artists, seminars, workshops, and sacred spaces. It’s too much to contain in one day, like previous editions of the festival. “We had so much talent and so much desire for people to be involved and people approaching us that… logistically it was so much work for a one-day event we saw a need to go for two days,” said Chad Bohanan. That extra night will have a folk and acoustic music focus, as well as a spotlight on visual art. If you don’t have a ticket for MidSummer’s Dream yet, visit




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