Burnachella - Page 2

Has Burning Man become just another music festival?

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A scene from the Opulent Temple camp

"Really, most of the artists approach us at this point," Gris said. "We don't pay them anything, and we let them know that as part of the camp, they have to work. It can be an education process. Other camps can afford to fly people in and treat them to perks. But sound camps don't get cash grants like art camps, so once we build the stage and sound system, there's no money left for egos. Tiësto actually donated to us after he played one year, to help cover expenses."

"I look at it as a fun act of subversion," Gris said. "Opulent Temple is dedicated to sacred dance. So if people come for the headliners but leave with some of that original spirit and intent in them, it's worth it."

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