Team

Chip Conley, Founder + Editor-In-Chief

Part world traveler, cultural anthropologist, and armchair psychologist, the founder and former CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality has created more boutique hotels than anyone on the planet. With a simple yet profound mission to CREATE JOY, San Francisco's Most Innovative CEO turned a seedy "no tell motel" into the second largest boutique hotel brand in the world. The New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Equations and Peak, Chip has shared his message on the main stage at TED and few better understand the desire for transformation and meaning at work…and in life. Traveling to Bali a dozen times rekindled his childhood love of festivals, and experiencing collective effervescence on Burning Man's desolate playa (he’s now a board member) solidified his vision. Experiencing the transformative power of cultural travel through festivals inspired his mission to now create joy on a global scale with Fest300, believing that, "Being culturally curious creates a more robust and resilient life, which creates a safer and saner world." Chip is also the Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy for Airbnb where he is sharing his proven methods with hosts in over 200 countries. Photo credit: www.garrybowden.com.

Eamon Armstrong, Creative Director

Eamon is a social alchemist who travels the world discovering the best festivals. His mission as Creative Director and leader of Fest300 is to unite the global festival community, to connect and elevate the scene internationally. Eamon is a veteran of the festival world and you can find him at events like Amsterdam Dance Event, Canada’s Shambhala, Australia’s Rainbow Serpent and England’s raucous Boomtown Fair. He has written thought-leading articles for the international festival community on subjects like harm reduction at festivals and has recently started a series of speaking gigs at festivals, kicked off by a TEDx talk at Burning Man called “From Ancient to Modern: How Festivals Create Real Communities from Utopian Visions.”

As a young man, Eamon was a musical theater actor who moved to LA to make a name in show business. Disillusioned by the Hollywood scene, he moved to San Francisco and by 2011, started working for Burning Man Special Events and doing social media marketing campaigns for street fairs and annual events. Eamon was discovered by Chip Conley, hospitality guru and founder of Fest300 and joined the team as a Community Manager.

Laura Mason, Managing Editor

Laura spent her childhood in Honolulu, Hawaii illegally downloading every song and album possible from Napster, and daydreaming about becoming a raging, megalomanical rock star like Axl Rose. Instead, she channeled that love of music into her journalism career in San Francisco (and honed her writing skills at the SF Bay Guardian, 7x7, The Bold Italic, the San Francisco Chronicle and TimeOut SF). From fighting through a crowd of 100,000 people to be front row for Metallica at Outside Lands, to chilling with Kurt Vile and Fucked Up in upstate New York during All Tomorrow's Parties, Laura's epic music festival experiences are the kind she'll tell her grandkids. As the managing editor, she works to enlighten, enrich and ignite Fest300.com's passionate community through stories, interviews, photos and videos covering the festivals that change our lives.

Emily Ward, Content Strategist

In San Francisco by way of Boston, Emily came to Fest300 as a social media intern in July 2014. Now, she works on Fest300's content strategy. She's spent time working in LA as a production & acquisitions intern for The Weinstein Company, editing video for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, and a 2-year stint at a film & commercial post production house in San Francisco. Emily’s love for festivals started young - she drove from Boston to Tennessee for her first fest (Bonnaroo ’07) only a week after getting her driver’s license. Now, she spends her free time at the movies, loves Burning Man so much she’s gone four times and travels to any festival that’ll have her.

Adrian Spinelli, Associate Editor North America

Writer, Liver, Lover. Adrian is a native Brazilian who's lived in California for most of his life and now resides in his favorite city in the world, San Francisco. When he's not bouncing around the photo pits at music festivals, you can find him hosting the Noise Pop Podcast, or writing about hip-hop, indie rock, sandwiches and drinks in SF. His favorite festival is Outside Lands cause it's the coolest adult playground right in his backyard and he's planning a cross-country road trip to Bonnaroo in 2016. He's an avid traveller and isn't averse to talking about sports with new friends in between rocking out to M83 or bouncing to D'Angelo at a festival. He's a mean cook and easily gets excited about everything, especially beer, gin and coffee. DJ Shadow's Endtroducing... changed his life.

Marcus Barnes, Associate Editor Europe

With a book named ‘Around The World In 80 Raves’ under his belt, Marcus Barnes is a perfect fit for Fest300. He has 13 years experience as a journalist at national level in his home territory, Great Britain, writing for a wide range of highly-respected titles including Vice, i-D, Resident Advisor, Mixmag, The Independent and The Guardian, plus many more. He turned his attention to his first love, music, six years ago and has never looked back, dancing his way around Europe and the rest of the world with a infectious, spirited attitude and nothing but positive vibes along the way.

Marcus is heading up European operations across the Atlantic, building our community and bringing you all the latest news from the fertile European festival scene. He’s taller than you might think, is a pretty nifty DJ, has attended Burning Man three times and is also a seasoned graffiti artist.

Taylor Urbany, Social Media Intern

Taylor’s first festival was Coachella in 2013, where she discovered The Do Lab, which led her to her first Lightning in a Bottle. LiB changed her life. She was hooked. That next summer, she attended seven festivals (Coachella, LiB, Raindance, What The Festival, Northern Nights, Shambhala & Foreverland) and Burning Man. For the first time in her life, she felt like she had discovered her passion: the festival community.

In December 2014, she met with Art Gimbel, Fest300’s co-founder, who inspired her to merge her career and passion for festivals merge into one. Soon after, she started working with Fest300, managing Instagram and We Heart It.