At the very end of May this year, at that special moment when the feeling of spring gives way to that of summer, the Wakarusa music festival will celebrate it’s 10th incarnation in the Mulberry Mountain near the Ozarks in Arkansas. Wakarusa is a camping festival, although one also has the option to use RVs or to taxi/drive to nearby hotels. If you are into camping at fests, then you would probably highly enjoy the setup they have crafted. Besides being surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and dense forest there are a couple lakes one can enjoy (with the option to fish at one), hiking trails that can be accessed, and there is a frisbee golf course. There are also 2 stages that are created near the camping ground, and away from the main grounds, so that when you make the trek back to your spot you can go see some late night tunes with ease. And with a farris wheel and water slide on the main ground, you can indulge the child in yourself when you find yourself in that mood.
The 2013 lineup is a well thought out mix so as to appeal to everyone’s musical tastes and to make sure everyone is exposed to a little bit of everything. The headliners of the weekend are Widespread Panic, Dispatch, STS9, The Black Crowes, Amon Tobin, Snoop Lion (Snoop Dog) and Umphrey’s McGee. Just within the main acts there is a mix of rock, jam band (both traditional and electro jam), hip hop and electronic. This is a pattern that we also see within the others acts. Lets take a look at some of the stand outs in each genre.
Jam bands fans will also enjoy Yonder Mountain String Band, Galactic, Papadosio and The Werks. Electronic fans will enjoy Zeds Dead, RJD2, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, EOTO, AraabMUZIK, Gramatik, and Emancipator. Rock fans will enjoy MUTEMATH, Of Monsters and Men, Grouplove, The Bright Light Social Hour, and Delta Rae. One thing there isn’t too much of is hip hop, outisde of course of Snoop Lion – but Del The Funky Homosapien and Zion I will be there. But with the plethora of different types of electronic music, there will be no void of active subwoofers, for those who require bass-in-their-face at their fests. Of course there is a WHOLE LOT not listed here, including some very exciting folk/reggae acts (like our friends Rebelution). To see the whole lineup just click here. Along with the never ending music you will find abundance artwork. There will be live painters who will use the music of the moment to inspire their work as well as an assortment of interactive live art installations.
What seems most appealing about Wakarusa is the balanced approach to the lineup and the entire experience in general. If you want to camp, RV it, or stay in a nearby hotel and take the provided 24hr transportation to and from your room (to see the hotel packages that are still available click here). And with a 3 day pass costing only $149, which means $50 a day, for the lineup it has – you will not beat that anywhere in 2013 (to see the ticket information click here). They even provide for children passes, and for children related amenities, as well as a sober camping area for those who prefer that type of experience.
If you are looking for something to do on the last weekend of May, and can make it to the Ozarks, then this is the festival you want to invest in. We can’t wait to attend ourselves! See you there….
OurVinyl | Editor