It's easy: All you need is LUVstock
By Derek Kensinger
Translated by Angel Pu
If you feel like sharing the warm Taiwan summer with some of the greatest people on Earth, attend the annual merrymaking at LUVfest 2012. From 6 p.m. on July 13 to 9 p.m. on July 15, bumping music, solid company and delicious food will keep you feeling the love at this annual Taichung event.
LUVstock is a celebration of "positivity", according to The Refuge owner and event founder Paul Davies. He noted that LUVstock was born in the mid-2000s and had been growing every year, hosting over 2,000 participants last year, with hopes for continued expansion this year with an overall emphasis on inclusivity, creativity and sharing.
Unlike most multi-day social gatherings which extract exorbitant fees, LUVstock has no admission charge but, rather, relies on generous donations from attendees. For the cash-conscious, volunteering is also a welcome opportunity. If this interests you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: "crew or activity or voLUVteer". Organizers are also seeking business sponsors (check website subject line: "sponsor").
LUVstock welcomes all souls, ideas and creative participants in many genres, including artistic fields, whether you're a painter, filmmaker, graffiti artist, sign maker, juggler, enjoy working with people, activity organizer-idea person, or some other creative type who wants to contribute in some way.
Musicians are, of course, also welcome, as music has played a huge role at LUVstock in the past and the projected lineup of bands and DJs this year looks amazing. Ranging from Moss, Mike Mudd, and Monkey Banana to Aurora, The Admisionaries, and Arman Torus, the list of bands/arists that have applied to play has grown so far to over 30, putting LUVstock on par with the number of musical participants hosted by another great Taiwanese social and musical celebration—Spring Scream. Be sure and check the festival website for the latest updates.
Hopefully, by now your interest is piqued and you will be taking part in LUVstock 2012. If so, feel free to drop in for a one-time visit or for all three days. LUVstock is the kind of place John Lennon reminds us that we all need－somewhere you were meant to be.
LUVstock 2012 details:
Time: July 13, 6 pm-July 15, 9 pm
The Refuge at Dakeng's Tungshan Paradise (151-2, DongShan Rd, Sec 2, Beitun Dist.)
Facebook: The Refuge Community