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Culture Collide 2012 Rocks the Streets of LA


“We are young, we are united,” sang Of Verona at Taix Restaurant on October 4th, the first night of the Culture Collide music festival that electrified the streets of Los Angeles for four days. The powerful words of this Canadian rock band encapsulated the atmosphere and mission of this game-changing music festival: to unite the world through music.

Bands from all over the world, from Thailand, Europe, Australia and South America, took over the clubs and restaurants of Echo Park. The intimate venues of the festival created environments where music lovers could feel the bass bumping in their chest and the thumps of the drums vibrating their bodies. All within 322 meters of one another, the seven stages of the festival included 826LA, the writing and tutoring center, the Origami Vinyl store front, The Echo and Echoplex, the Taix Lounge and Champagne Room, and The Church on North Alvarado Street.

The five day music festival kicked-off with a party on October 3rd at Taix with DJ sets by Kevin Barnes, School of Seven Bells, and Penguin Prison. For the rest of the week, attendees club-hopped from venue to venue to discover and rock out to the beats of their new favorite bands. Over 25 countries were represented at the festival and attendees flocked from around the world and from all over the country to take part in this monumental festival to bring the nations under one roof.

And the Sunday Block Party would be no different. This closing party is the first night of the festival that is open to all ages, further unifying us in the quest for good music. The block party will include LA’s best food trucks, art activities, and live performances from bands such as Niki and the DoveBonde do Role, and Colorfeels. The night is free and takes place from 2 pm to midnight on Reservoir Street.

For the third year in a row, Filter Magazine has achieved the impossible. This band of article-writing, artist-interviewing audiophiles has managed to unite worlds that are rarely exposed to one another, to bring together countries and people who would otherwise have never met, and to succeed in their mission of bringing good music to the streets of LA, because “good music will prevail.”

For the original story, visit Examiner.com.