For modern music festivalgoers, enjoying an engaging, unforgettable festival ambience has become almost as important as the music itself.
This summer, any festival regular may have laid eyes on the product of an emerging company, SynerGeo Domes. These steel dome structures that range from 16, 20, 30, 45 to 60 feet, decorated with tapestries and hammocks, have been popping up around various festivals, changing the way fans, campers, and artists alike, experience festivals.
Launched in May 2014, Chicago-based SynerGeo Domes has already made a mark in the music festival scene by offering their geodesic domes to festival organizers as well as to private parties across the nation.
SynerGeo made their initial debut at Wisconsin’s Infrasound Music Festival in June. In addition to making appearances in Chicago during Riot Fest and North Coast, SynerGeo has turned up at festivals as far west as Colorado and as far east as Maine. Among them are Sonic Bloom (Colorado), Electric Forest (Michigan), Farmfest (New Jersey), and the Great North Music and Arts Festival (Maine). Festivalgoers who attended these festivals likely got the chance to experience a 20′ SynerGeo Dome hanging from hammocks on the sidelines or the massive 60′ dome adorned with colorful shade covers, lights and lasers for up to a 500 person party for an incredible concert spectacle.
SynerGeo have provided stage domes for electronic artists such as, Minnesota, Bluetech, CloZee, Govinda, Psymbionic, Orchard Lounge and Freddy Todd, to name a few. Yet, SynerGeo aren’t limiting themselves to electronic acts, as their domes have been featured around bluegrass, hip-hop, and EDM fests in addition to rock shows.
SynerGeo Domes founder-partners John Schroeder and Sharon Bar-Shalom have made their domes high and their ambitions higher. With the ultimate goal of “changing the landscape of camping fests,” Schroeder and Bar-Shalom want “to create greater unity among festivalgoers.”
“It was nice to bring our domes out east,” says Schroeder, “We had people coming up to us after Great North, saying how [one of the stage domes] was one of the coolest things they’d ever seen. It’s those kinds of reactions that makes our job so rewarding.”
Next year SynerGeo plans on driving more innovation in the festival experience by offering a complete dome package for campers who have to travel long distances. “They won’t need to bring a tent or food, we will shop for them and will get everything ready for their campsite.”
For those who have yet to see a SynerGeo Dome, make sure to keep an eye out, as they will continue to turn heads at a festival near you. For more information head to the SynerGeo Domes website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.