PHOTOGRAPHY Tina de la Celle
WORDS Julian de la Celle
Sunday marked the very first Circle V music festival, which raised over $80,000 for international animal protection nonprofit Mercy For Animals. The entire festival was put together to celebrate animal rights with an incredible speaker panel line-up, tasty vegan eats and longtime animal activist Moby headlining his only show of 2016. Moby stated in the middle of his set that he doesn't tour very much anymore due to the fact that he spends most of his time at home planning and figuring out ways to further aid the fight for animal rights. Also on the bill were Blaqk Audio, Cold Cave, and DJ sets by The Gaslamp Killer and Valida.
Some of the special speakers included Kat Von D, pro NBA player John Salley, pro skateboarder Kenny Anderson and more. The all-day, vegan food extravaganza was curated by Eat Drink Vegan, featuring some of the best-known and beloved chefs and trucks in Los Angeles including: Little Pine (Owned by Moby), The Frankenstand, Clara Cakes, Taqueria La Venganza, Sage Plant Based Bistro, Mandoline Grill, The Shugah Mama, Clover Juice, and Donut Friend. Kat Von D Beauty also displayed the collection on-site selling their vegan beauty products and offered complimentary express service with “Kat Eye” and everlasting lip looks.
All the proceeds from ticket sales benefited Mercy For Animals, whose mission is to prevent cruelty to farmed animals and promote compassionate food choices and policies. Mercy For Animals' groundbreaking undercover investigations and legal advocacy initiatives have led to landmark criminal and civil prosecutions of factory farms, new and stronger animal protection laws, the defeat of whistleblower-suppression bills, and policy changes that improve animal welfare and consumer protections. Basically, they're an amazing cause and the night was a huge success for the charity!
"Circle V is more than a music festival; it's a movement," says Nathan Runkle, president of Mercy For Animals. "By spotlighting vegan food, speakers, and artists, we hope this event inspires and empowers people to take action to make the world a kinder place for animals."