Foam Armor Club at Big Adventure

Article and photos by Anthony Tran


This past weekend we attended the inaugural Big Adventure Festival in Costa Mesa, CA and we have to say, it was one helluva kick off party! We saw so many gorgeous cosplayers along with great artists and vendors. It’s an ingenious idea: “Comic-Con by day, music festival by night”. And they sure delivered on that promise.


During the day, festival goers were treated with a variety of things to do from seeing top name comedians like Patton Oswalt, Kristen Schaal and Jim Jeffries to attending panels that included Stan Against Evil, the Nerdin’ Out Podcast and a ton of Comic Panels! And then there were so many different experiences to indulge in (one of our favorites was dominating vintage arcade games over in the OC Promenade).


However, that was just the day. Once the sun set, it was time for the big guns to come out. Saturday night saw us dancing hard to Phantogram and Empire of the Sun. The Hangar at the OC Fairgrounds surprisingly served as a great venue to host the big name acts that the festival was touting. And if that wasn’t enough, once Empire of the Sun blew everybody’s minds, you still had time to run over to the Adventure Stage to catch top dance acts like Bro Safari, Rusko and many others. Mind you, that was just Saturday.


Sunday was one more amazing day with a slew of new things to indulge in. Comedians Jim Jefferies, Natasha Leggero and others had us festival goers in stitches. Definitely happy we were able to cross Jim off our bucket list of comedy acts to watch. We were also able to catch up and coming artist, Party Nails deliver a fun set to an eager crowd! Afterward, synth pop sensation Allie X hit the stage in an enviable goth outfit that was to die for. We were also lucky enough to run over and catch some of the Geek Gatsby’s Cosplay Contest that featured some fine cosplay (most notably, the toddler who came as Pennywise the Clown). Then it was time to really bring this thing home with Cold War Kids hitting the stage with hits like“Hang Me Up to Dry” and “First”. We were even lucky enough to hear their rendition of Rihanna’s “Love On The Brain”. After they ended their set by urging people to vote, rock veterans Modest Mouse took to the stage. Singer Isaac Brock belted out all the favorites before they wrapped up the whole weekend with “Strangers to Ourselves”.


Overall, it was an amazing time! We’re excited to see this idea grow with Big Adventure Festival’s successful marriage of comics, film, pop culture and music and are looking forward to see what’s in store next year!


Check out some of our shots below (Photos courtesy of Anthony Tran)


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