Suwannee Hulaween unveils another cutting-edge boutique lineup for 2018: String Cheese, ODESZA, Tipper, STS9, Gramatik, REZZ, more

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Suwannee Hulaween is one annual boutique gathering that is developing a devout following with its expert curation and wildly magical grounds. The Halloween weekend festival, running from October 26-28, 2018, hosts an impressive talent roster that brings an exceptional mixture of jamtronica, emergent bass, and deep house to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida.

Set in the midst of 800-acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress along the black Suwannee River, and complete with the largest bat house in the southeast US, the storied festival grounds have earned a reputation of inexplicable imagination and exploration. 

Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the longtime host band of the festival The String Cheese Incident, plus a top billing of Grammy award winners and nominees featuring live-electronic front runners ODESZA, a South-East exclusive by modern funk icons Jamiroquai, and very special showing by singer-songwriter Janelle Monae on the wake of her blowout Dirty Computer record.

The star-studded billing continues with the reigning king of west coast bass Tipper, five piece American funk band Vulfpeck, multiple sets by leaders of the post-rock dance movement STS9, the alternative radio chart topping wonder of The Revivalists, dark-electro wunderkind Rezz, plus the unique electronic stylings of Gramatik, NGHTMRE, Troyboi, Snakehips, Emancipator Ensemble, Manic Focus & the MF’n Band, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Eats Everything and many more.

Tickets on sale now.

5 musical moments that shook the crowd at Suwannee Hulaween 2017 [Event Review]

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5 musical moments that shook the crowd at Suwannee Hulaween 2017 (Event Review)

Suwannee Hulaween has just turned five, but that’s not the festival’s only accomplishment in 2017. The Silver Wrapper and Purple Hat-partnered event has cemented itself as the south’s premiere fall festival; held inside the eminent musical venue of Florida’s Suwannee Music Park at Spirit Lake, the event boasts four days of expertly-curated jamtronica, underground bass, and unique house music offerings. In today’s over-saturated music festival market, standing out among the rest takes one part true tenacity and a pinch of good luck. Yet, the “spirit of Suwannee,” as many refer to these sacred grounds, runs deep into the roots of its towering moss-covered trees.

Fresh off last its conclusion, we’ve compiled 5 unforgettable moments from Hulaween’s 2017 that made it’s audacious fifth anniversary its most bright, prosperous, and wildly auspicious event to date.

All photos courtesy of Suwannee Hulaween

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The String Cheese Incident’s infamous Saturday night set

The String Cheese Incident is known for having a heavy hand in curation at their mainstay festivals. For the long-time alum of Hulaween and other transformational gatherings, the talk of the weekend centers around Cheese’s Saturday night “shebangs” — and for good reason. With six full sets on the bill, the coveted show of the weekend was SCI’s Halloween-themed “Night Of The Loving Dead” performance. Their love-themed set included renditions of iconic songs like Sublime’s “What I Got,”  Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love,” and of course, both the Bob Marley and Beatles’ original by the same name, “All You Need is Love” amidst fireworks, confetti blasts, and giant inflatables began making their over a sea of plastered smiles. As an undeniable bridge between the jam scene and electronic scenes, String Cheese’s vision of bringing a multi-genre bill to life runs deep into the spirit of Suwannee.

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Space Jesus’s secret set at the Indendia Stage

Stumbling across the Incendia stage at 2 am is as much of a treat as it is a must. Famous for its birthplace at Burning Man in 2013, the mobile artistic installation and interactive stage consists of six geodesic structures, all featuring a spellbinding propane flame effect ascending from atop its modular ceilings. Incendia has made its way across the US over the years, and is better known to Floridians as Okeechobee‘s secret set locale for artists like Snails, GRiZ, Ganja White Night, and more. Hulaween was no different. As attendees made out like children wandering through the iridescent woodland playgrounds of Spirit Lake, the unmistakable inter-dimensional wubs of Space Jesus drew late night wanderers like a moth to a flame — bringing truth to the idiom “not all that wander are lost.”

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GRiZ’s secret sunrise set in the campgrounds

After closing out the Meadows main stage with an elating funk-driven set, GRiZ took to the campgrounds in the wee hours of Monday morning, thereby confirming the rumors his family had been clamoring about all weekend. As the sun peaked through the trees, the All Good Records label head played up-close-and-personal for a crowd of roughly a hundred people. The sunrise set would become the memorable moment of Suwannee Hulaween — for those lucky enough to attend, that is. For all others, GRiZ’s secret campground appearance was the most heartbreaking affliction of the weekend (Watch it here).

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Manic Focus bringing out Space Jesus and Break Science

Taking to the Amphitheater stage on Saturday night, Manic Focus (aka “JmaC”) elevated his new wave hip-hop infused electro-soul act to new heights. The All Good Records producer served fans a hearty helping of tracks from his most recent genre-defying LP, Minds Rising, as the All Good family poured down the stage’s narrow steps. JmaC’s fiercely spirited performance culminated to the point when he brought Space Jesus onto the stage for some heavy back-to-back play, capped off with another rare Break Science showing alongside Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch.

 

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The five songs that dominated the dance floor

Walking through Suwannee felt like blasting back into time. The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” was agreed upon by attendees as the most played song of the weekend, imbuing the sacred grounds of Suwannee with an authentic Woodstock vibe. Michael Jackson’s 1980s hit “Thriller” was another popular stage anthem, creating an appropriately spooky vibe for the Halloween weekend event. Deep within the forest’s Spirit Lake stage, Dirtybird boss Claude Von Stroke treated his audience to his retro-house redo from two 80s classics, “The Rain Break.” A solid trap mainstay of the festival came courtesy of  Minnesota with his recently-released, long-awaited track, “HiLow,” which was heard heavily across the bass stages. Finally, Bassnectar premiered his unreleased collaboration with Digital Ethos, “Slather,” which was broadcasted across his 2017 traveling stage set-up.

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Perhaps the biggest strength of Suwannee Hulaween lays in its manageability of it’s sheer size. Set in an expansive venue, capped at 25,000 attendees of all ages and sizes, the festival values keeping the authentic transformational vibe alive over notorious expansion and maximizing profit. This vibe scuttles deep into the spirit of the festival grounds, across its swampy sands and panoramic landscapes.

Indeed, even purists from festivals like Electric Forests Forest often end up finding themselves more at home within this more intimate, yet equally magical venue. With a well-curated line-up and a smaller, more intimate venue, its no wonder Suwannee Hulaween has blossomed into the shiny new jewel of the jam, bluegrass, and bass scene.

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WATCH: Bassnectar drops unreleased music at Suwannee Hulaween

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For those who closely follow amorphous bass music producer Lorin Ashton, the man behind Bassnectar has been especially quiet as of late. The reason for this deliberate silence, as Ashton revealed on Twitter, is because he’s been tirelessly posted up in the lab working on the sequel to his two-part Reflective EP project, featuring collaborations with GnarGnar, Digital Ethos, and G Jones.

While headlining day one of Suwannee Hulaween this past weekend, Bassnectar dropped at least two new track IDs from his forthcoming EP. Thanks to a couple of hardcore members of the bass demigod’s cult following, unreleased Bassnectar music is now available for the masses.

The first track (above) is a heavy collaboration with rising bass music star Digital Ethos. Dubbed “Slather,” the track features spacey synths and electrifying drops. The second track (below) comes as a still-unidentified track with G Jones, and spawns an appropriately spooky tone with a couple of new and inventive drops that sound a lot like the auditory equivalent of an optical illusion.

No official announcement as to when Reflective Part 2 will be unveiled, but Bassnectar has alluded to a winter release date.

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Meet the artists of Suwannee Hulaween 2017: Crywolf

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Suwannee Hulaween has become one of the most highly-anticipated gatherings over the past five years. Held annually at the picturesque Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL, the festival has gained a veritable reputation as the South’s premier Halloween weekend festival. This year, BassnectarGRiZ, and The String Cheese Incident are among the top acts that will draw a sold-out jam and bass crowd into the festival. To take a closer look, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite acts on the bill from a broad range of genres for a playlist series leading up to the weekend.

The next artist in our series needs little introduction. Crywolf, real name Justin Taylor Phillips, is an electronic music producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Los Angeles. Since he started producing music in his college dorm room, Phillips’ atmospheric, melodic take on indie-electronic music has garnered support from the likes of Adventure Club, 12th Planet, Skrillex, Minnesota, and more. He was recently signed with the Always Never label, where his debut Ghosts EP reached No. 18 on the iTunes Dance Charts on its the first day of release. Crywolf joins Hulaween to round the festival bill’s unique, forward-thinking house inclusions for 2017.

“I love Halloween because it gives everyone an excuse to be strange without being judged for it. People don’t express their bizarre sides enough. Hulaween will be the first festival premiere of my new conceptual live set, This Is Negative Space. It is catered to Halloween so well, so I can’t wait for you guys to see it.”

Crywolf has dreamt up a chilled-out playlist to match his personal approach to melodic electronic musical tastes. With a revealing title, “DYSPHORIA,” the playlist comes to DA with some of his personal favorite artists, complete with indie-dance offerings from Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Crystal Castles to tracks with more mainstream dance appeal, like Owen Westlake’s official remix of Tiësto‘s “Knock You Out” (ft. Emily Haines).

More Hulaween details and ticket info, here.

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Meet the artists of Suwannee Hulaween 2017: The Russ Liquid Test

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Suwannee Hulaween has become one of the most highly-anticipated gatherings over the past five years. Held annually at the picturesque Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL, the festival has gained a veritable reputation as the South’s premier Halloween weekend festival. This year, Bassnectar, GRiZ, and The String Cheese Incident are among the top acts that will draw a sold-out jam and bass crowd into the festival. To take a closer look, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite acts on the bill from a broad range of genres for a playlist series leading up to the weekend.

Redefining the possibilities of modern music, The Russ Liquid Test fuses the raw vitality of classic funk with the inventive sound design of electronic production. Songwriter, produce,r and renowned brass specialist Russell Scott heads up the New Orleans-based band. Guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair round things out, with each providing a distinct musical background deeply rooted in the New Orleans jazz scene. The All Good Records signees have been on a heavy string of releases (with their most recent premiered on DA) while on their 2017 fall tour, stopping at Hulaween this weekend, Oct. 27–29th.

The guys of The Russ Liquid Test have compiled an especially funky playlist for DA, complete with tracks from OpuioMichal MenertBreak Science, and Defunk to go along with GRiZ and Leo Napier’s “A Fine Way To Die” and Pretty Lights‘ new future-analog original track, “Rainbows and Waterfalls.” Here’s what they had to say about their Hulaween playlist:

“This is a good sampler of our musical tastes. Blending the old school with the new school. We try to reconnect the sounds of today with the sounds of yesterday in a unique way in our writing.”

More Hulaween details and ticket info, here.

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Suwannee Hulaween announces charitable causes around sold-out 2017 event

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When Pretty Lights‘ sold-out destination festival Island of Light was canceled due to hurricane devastation on Puerto Rico, the producers of the event decided to turn their awareness towards relief efforts and raising money for victims.

As it happens, the production team at Silver Wrapper, who were set to produce Island of Light, happen to also be the producers of Hulaween. Therefore, their fifth annual halloween gathering, taking place the weekend of October 27 at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL, will also provide those at home with a chance to not only be in on the action…but to do so through the act of giving.

This year, Silver Wrapper will be webcasting three String Cheese Incident sets as a pay-per-view stream, Oct. 27, 28, & 29, 2017, with every dollar being donated to hurricane relief funds. The producers believe Hulaween has the capacity to raise a lot of money for victims in their home state of Florida as well as Puerto Rico.

Hulaween is also running a food drive for a local Florida charity and a pre-party with all proceeds going to the same cause.

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Suwannee Hulaween unveils scary good phase two lineup

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Looking to its fifth year at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park this October, Suwannee Hulaween has followed its initial lineup announcement with a spookily stellar second phase. Spanning a variety of tastes and styles, reggae fixture Damian Marley, Lotus, Goldfish, and Mike Gordon represent only a sample of the diverse artists joining the lineup, headed by The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, and various other heavy hitters.

Suwannee Hulaween is slated stop by Live Oak, Florida for Halloweekend, kicking the costume party off on October 27th, and concluding on October 29th. GA and VIP passes to the festival may be purchased here.

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String Cheese, Bassnectar, GRiZ top 2017 Suwannee Hulaween line-up

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The creative minds behind Suwannee Hulaween have revealed their 2017 lineup at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. Set for October 27-29, the diverse musical talent alone is evidence of how organizers are attempting to level up the experience.

The fifth annual gathering offers a wide-reaching exposé of live and electronic music’s finest, with a curated blend of jam bands, dance music, rock and hip-hop. Headliners this year include Bassnectar, GRiZ, RL Grime, Run the Jewels and many more. The flagship String Cheese Incident event will once again host the weekend’s most coveted spot with 3 full nights of the the most sought after Jam band experience in the world.

Besides the music, the green-conscious festival will have many onsite activities including yoga, dance, flow and meditation classes, awe-inspiring art installations, a craft brew corner, a speaker series, and a slew of carnivalesque interactive activities to get lost in.

“Backdropped by the natural beauty of the Spanish Moss-laden oak tree forest at Spirit of the Suwannee, there is no better Halloween party in the world,” says co-producer and talent buyer Michael Harrison Berg.

General Admission and VIP tickets are on sale now with the option of purchasing the Thursday “Pre-Party” pass.

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