“Circle V is more than a music festival; it’s a movement. 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.” Nathan Runkle, President, Mercy For Animals
On Sunday, October 23rd over 2,000 festivalgoers gathered in Hollywood at the Fonda Theatre for the first inaugural Circle V music festival, raising over $80,000 for international animal protection nonprofit Mercy For Animals. Circle V celebrated animal rights with an incredible speaker panel line-up, tasty vegan eats, and longtime animal activist Moby headlined in his sole live 2016 performance along with Blaqk Audio, Cold Cave, and DJ sets by The Gaslamp Killer and Valida.
Special celebrity speakers included Kat Von D (LA Ink) pro NBA player John Salley, pro-skateboarder Kenny Anderson, professional racecar driver/ Racing Extinction star Leilani Münter and progressive political comic Jamie Kilstein served as the event’s emcee.
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 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.
Photos/video by Jack Foster exclusively for Pulp Lab