(Original photos by Amanda Wicks)
Since it first began three years ago, Eaux Claires has staked its reputation on collaboration. It wasn’t just going to be a festival where Bon Iver performed for the first time in years—which, admittedly, was a large part of the draw at first—but a place where headliners, established artists and up-and-coming names mixed on stage and off. As each year ended, Eaux Claires listened to festivalgoers and tweaked things like the number of food trucks and the stage locations. But this year marked larger shifts. The announced lineup was smaller with fewer artists taking the main stages then in previous years; instead, there were additional smaller stage performances dedicated to collaboration and spontaneity. But by altering things so dramatically, Eaux Claires’ spirit transformed as well.
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