By: Chris Conte
Festival season is now in full swing. Thank the whichever God you believe in. We wait months for it to arrive and when it does we couldn't be more thankful. There are so many good lineups this year it's hard to keep track. From coast to coast there are festivals we wish we could go to and ones that there are no way in hell we are missing. Whether because of location or lineup, we all have our reasons as to why we go to festivals. There are few that don't matter the location, you just need to go.
Backwoods Camping & Music Festival's diversity tickles all your favorite pressure points: front-runners in the jam band, electronic, dubstep, and funk scenes. Hitting Stroud, OK over Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6, this killer lineup is taking Backwoods off the backburner and putting it on the map.
Rocking one of the headlining positions is the indie electronic duo Odesza. Their positive, driving sound originally touched people back in 2012 with their initial release, Summer's Gone. Two years later they returned this past September with In Return. The single off the new album entitled "Say My Name" reached an astounding 11 million plays on Soundcloud.
Another act to mention is Infected Mushroom with their Animatronica live show. Their custom made stage design consisting of moving parts, light up mushrooms, faces with jagged jaws that were all welded together by hand. Add this stage design with Infected's energetic stage presence and you're in for one hell of a show.
One of my favorites on this lineup are The Floozies. This duo incorporates live guitar and drums with flawless production. This generates a fusion of bass music and funk that makes crowds erupt in a dancing frenzy. They just got off a country wide tour with GRiZ and are now entering the summer festival circuit. Make sure you go catch them if you want to get the funk down.
If you're like me, and you need your daily dose of dubstep, Backwoods Festival is far from lacking. Doctor P, Dirtyphonics, and Liquid Stranger will all be sending waves a bass through the fields. If you're into the jammier side of things, there are the masters of the electronic jam, Papadosio. Along side them are the funk powerhouse Lettuce who are allied with beat pros Break Science.
Make sure you check out Orphic and Mass Relay sets. They are both some incredible new talent hitting the scene. Both have proved their worth by winning The Untz Challenge. They will now be playing 9 major music festivals over the course of the summer. Listen to Ophic's "Jogglehopper" and Mass Relay's "Scooter." Both have some truly unique sounds and will fit in quite easily amongst the bigger names ornamenting this festival.
Backwoods Festival is shaping up to be one of those festivals where you don't mind driving a few hours to get there. Smack dab in the middle of Oklahoma off of the infamous Route 66. Backwoods Festival is looking like the place to be the first weekend of September.
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