Caitlyn Drazen

Students use color to express their artistic interests.

Malavika Kannan, Reporter

Local teenage life may have seemed pretty black and white last month, but come to wipe away the back-to-school blues and sleepless red eyes was an anticipated, colorful music event: Life in Color.

Dubbed the “world’s largest paint party,” Life in Color is a widely anticipated event that attracts over 60,000 music fans and is consistently sold out. Part concert, part festival, and part paint fight, the night is accompanied by live DJ music and paint cannons to blast the ecstatic audience.

This month, Life in Color came home to Orlando. As part of its 2015 Fall “Big Bang” tour, the event explored the origins of color in its “Paint Factory.” Featured were artists DJ Showtek, Henry Fong, Troyboi, Big Makk, and Lucio.

Beyond the festivities, Life in Color may hold a special interest to Floridian teens because it was begun by one of their own: CEO Sebastian Solano started off by throwing college frat parties in FSU before his industry went global.

Part of Life in Color’s appeal is the ever-changing music that highlights the electronic dance industry. It has hosted big names in the field like Calvin Harris and Afrojack.

Senior Chanse Overall was attracted to Life in Color by the performing musicians. “I go to a lot of music festivals so I’m in the scene,” he says. “I’ve been meaning to go to [Life in Color] because I love the artists.”

CEO Solano describes, “[The event is] almost like a Broadway show, but with such an energized crowd you would need to see it to believe it.

Freshman Grace Smith was excited to find Life in Color in her home city of Orlando. “It’s a great event that [will] boost tourism,” she says. Like many Orlando fans, she had high hopes for the event, even before attending. “It’s going to be really fun and epic,” continues Smith. “I mean, it’s the world’s largest paint party!”

The Orlando event was held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds on September 6th, starting at 6:00 pm and lasting into the late hours of the night. Visit to see the new official pictures of the Orlando event.