With so much awesome to chose from sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the news and decide which are the right festivals for you. Here’s my top picks for the end of summer and why I love these particular festivals above the rest. Each is a little different and offers a unique experience but all of them are well worth the money and promise to be amazing unforgettable adventures.
Gratifly Music and Art Festival – July 25 -28 in Lake Hartwell, Sc
Destined to be an enlightening perfect weekend with an electric mix of livetronic and EDM music, creative gurus and workshops in a beautiful mix of woodland and meadow including river access we’ve all got high hopes and big plans for this inaugeral celebration. Musically they’ve got the lock on just the right vibe with Papadosio, Emancipator, Eskmo, The Werks, Dopapd, Phutureprimitive, Nadis Warriors, Desert Dwellers and Rising Appalachia headlinging the event.
The good folks behind Gratifly are intent on the bringing the transformational festival experience to the Southeast so expect mindblowing workshops in six distict flavors; Tribal Council, yoga, flow, Ceremonial Temple, Perma Dome and the Healing Sanctuary. This is a festival built around a strong creative focus and a soul expanding love vibe a step beyond anything we’ve seen in the South before.
Tickets are currently $120 per person plus $20 parking pass per vechicle.
Why? Because I love all the good folks bringing this together including the Tribal Counsel and the massive vibe they create. Being there to see their vision realized is going to be an amazing experience.
Rootwire – Aug. 15 – 18 at Kaeppner’s Woods in Logan, Oh
Papadosio hosts this unique gathering shaped by both in their extensive touring discoveries and the desire to share those with this special weekend showcasing the absolutely most inspiring souls of every style and shape. Each year they handpick bands, speakers and artists based on bringing out the most creative, inspiring and enlightened individuals to merge in beautiful Kaeppner’s Woods creating three unforgettable days. Papa plays each day and this year they will be joined by Karsh Kale Live Band, Hundred Waters, Delhi 2 Dublin, Dirtwire, The Egg, Bluetech, The Malah, Dixon’s Violin and a bounty of others. One aspect that is particularly perfect is they showcase live artist and speakers with the same level of attention and respect as the musical portion of the festival bringing Amanda Sage, Chris Dyer, John Perry Barlow, Andrew Wagner, Krystlehez, Jeet-Kei Leung, Randal Roberts, Emily Kell, Kevin Vigil and a bevy of other ultra talented masters together for this visual fest. Be prepared to fall in love; with the music, the art and yourself.
Tickets are currently $125 for the full weekend.
Why? Three days inside Papadosio’s lovely dreamland shouldn’t be missed. Your mind will be blown by extreme overexposure to heavenly bliss.
Catskill Chill – Sept. 6 – 8 at Camp Minglewood in Hancock, Ny
Last year this festival shattered my expectations by completely living up to its chill name. From the vendors to the fans these are some of the nicest people to come together and party you’ll ever met, think Suwannee in a summer camp. Add in a line up made to match this relaxed jam vibe headlined by The Meter Men, Lotus, Galactic, Conspirator, Lettuce, Papadosio, Tea Leaf Green, Raq, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Twiddle, Headtronics and Damn Right it’s a pretty hard festival to miss. Set in Camp Minglewood nestled in the Catskill mountains complete with pristine lake, cabins and wonderful shaded stages this is an absolute change from the hot fields of so many summer sun fests. Make the time, take the drive and you’ll never ever regret it, I promise.
Tickets are currently $150 for the full weekend and just a heads up this festival regularly sells out so pick those tickets up while you can.
Why? Truly this fest is as laid back and positive as imaginable. The lineup is epic, the crowd super friendly and Camp Mingewood is just plain awesome.
TomorrrowWorld – Sept. 27 – 28 at Chattahoochee Hills just south of Atlanta, Ga
This is the TomorrowLand of Belgium fame brought stateside at Counter.Points flawless venue in the hills outside of Atlanta. Can I tell you what to expect? No but it is going to be unforgettable and if you are a fan of EDM music this has to be on your list. Even though the lineup hasn’t been fully announced it is already so large and diverse that it’s impossible to list here but with Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Sander van Doorn, Paper Diamond and Alesso already on the bill it’s a sure bet for a massive rage, rest, repeat weekend. Check this madness out, if you love Ultra or EDC it’s hard to envision anything more thrilling in 2013.
Why? Until now this experience would have required a passport and transcontinental flights. Be there for the first, you’ll probably still be tell stories about it when you’re old and grey.
Tickets range from $347 and up for the festival with some single day passes still available. This is a 21 and up event.
Suwannee Hulaween – Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 at Spirit of the Suwannee in Live Oak, Fla
Spirit of the Suwannee and String Cheese Incident have come together to create a brand new festival at our favorite park. While there aren’t a lot of details yet what we know is String Cheese will be playing every night plus STS9 and Big Gigantic have signed on as well. There’s also a lot of talk about special lights and art installations never seen in our forest before. I’ve got my tickets, pre-sales sold out in just twenty minutes and early bird tickets are selling like snow cones in a heatwave. We trust Suwannee to bring us amazing weekends and there’s a buzz about this festival that’s almost manic. Grab your ticket as soon as possible then start planning your costumes because this is going to be something completely different but yet it’s still Suwannnee, it’s still the best festival venue in the south, it’s still all our amazing friends and Suwannee is always guaranteed to be one of the best weekend of your life.
Tickets are currently $159 but when these run out expect to pay $189 or $219 at the gate.
Why? It’s Suwannee, it’s SCI, it’s STS9, it’s Big Gigantic and it’s Halloween. They had me at Suwannee.