The tents are down, the dust has settled and, now that another Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love has ended, Marfa has returned to its arty ghost town status. The three-day festival takes place at El Cosmico, a West Texas campground managed by the lifestyle gurus behind the Bunkhouse Group. Modern nomads can raise their own tents or opt to stay in a refurbished 1950’s trailer or 22-foot diameter Sioux teepee or Mongolian yurt.
When the Trans-Pecos began in 2005, El Cosmico was just an empty field (the hotel opened four years later) and the festival consisted of intimate campfire performances enjoyed by the few in the know. This year, over 1200 tickets were sold, acts like Jenny Lewis and Portugal. The Man headlined, and guests registered for on-site workshops ranging from Shibori dying and Dutch oven cooking to yoga, roping, screenprinting and more.
As for next year, “Our hope is to keep it at around the same attendance as this year,” says marketing director Isadora McKeon. “It was bigger than previous years but still felt really good and intimate, and it’s important to us to maintain that feeling.”
Check out the following scenes from this year’s Trans-Pecos Festival.