By: Cole Epley
Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival – June 3-6, 2010
Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, Arkansas
Boasting one of the most diverse, face-melting lineups over four days is this summer’s Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival at
With the incorporation of the much-anticipated Interstellar Meltdown (sub) festival, Wakarusa promises to impart an electronic experience unlike any other to be found on this continent. Of course, indispensable electro-maestros STS9, Disco Biscuits and Bassnectar will be in attendance at this year’s Waka festivities—however, make it a point to spend as much time as your happy feet can handle at the Outpost and Satellite Stages, where nearly 50 separate artists and DJs will convene to blast festival-goers into interstellar overdrive via two late-night stages. The out-of-this-world lineup for this year features EOTO making their fourth consecutive Waka appearance, as well as Big Gigantic, BoomBox, Lotus, Dubtribe Sound System and James Zabiela—and that’s just at the Outpost Stage. Program your frontal lobe to heat-seeking mode and roll on over to the Satellite Stage to groove to the likes of Mark Farina, Mimosa, Kraak & Smaak, Spacemen and Bluetech. Keep in mind all this is within the realm of Interstellar Meltdown’s ‘festival-within-a-festival.’ Interstellar Meltdown is presented by Cicada Rhythm, beatnik and Grassroots.
Tickets: The final tier of Full Event Passes is on sale now at the Waka website for $159. Weekender Event Passes are available for $119, as are Saturday Event Passes for $59. Keep in mind that you must have purchased a
Camping: Wakarusa offers both primitive and water/electric supplied campsites. RVs are allowed into the site but RV passes have sold out. You may choose to park your car at the campsite (camping passes are sold separately from event passes and range from $79 to $29). Each car entering Wakarusa MUST have a camping pass which will cover up to four campers per vehicle. Hotel lodging information is available on the Wakarusa homepage.
Stages & Vendors: This year’s Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival offers five stages of music:
Facilities: Free access to potable water is available on site. Organizers will also provide showers and bathrooms; a general store is located on-site which will sell essentials such as batteries, soap/shampoo, ice and soft drinks. ATMs are located throughout the site and festival goers will have 24/7 access to EMT assistance and locksmith service. Security will also be on patrol at all times to ensure a safe, fun and considerate festival experience. Attendees are allowed to bring in their own food and drink to the campsites but kegs are discouraged. Open fires will not be permitted—all fires must be contained within a small grill.
Activities: Aside from the obvious music facet of the festival, organizers have integrated a number of fan-friendly endeavors for all to enjoy. These include Silent Discos and a bon fire each night after the stages shut down. Haven’t heard of a Silent Disco? Imagine two live DJs, either of whom you listen to is your choice via a personal headset (supplied by organizers.) Get your groove on deep into the night and follow this trend which, according to organizers, is borrowed from our trans-Atlantic friends in the Euro festival and rave scene. Friday night features a festival-wide costume contest and you may kick each morning off, if you so choose, with a yoga session at the Outpost tent. The Ozark Highlands Hiking Trail features splendid views of waterfalls, and outdoor enthusiasts may fish, float or kayak from the
Natural Surroundings: Nestled snugly into the heart of
Sustainability: Festival organizers have placed 200 color-coded recycling bins throughout the entire festival grounds in an effort to thwart waste, littering and pollution. Waka attendees are encouraged to bring in reusable plastic bottles in which they will be able to store and drink free potable water. Campers will be provided, upon entry, with two large bags: one for recycling and one for garbage. Recycling from aluminum cans will benefit local non-profit organizations. And via the utilization of Renewable Energy Credits, the web server for Interstellar Meltdown is 130% green-powered!
Social Awareness: Once again, Wakarusa organizers have teamed up with the wonderful people at Conscious Alliance, a social activism alliance driven to distribute food to needy communities and to educate the public about hunger and social issues affecting Native American communities. You may not recognize the program, but you’ll certainly notice Conscious Alliance teammates such as STS9, Bassnectar, EOTO and The Glitch Mob, to name just a few. Visit the “Art That Feeds” gallery on the festival grounds to get more information about the mission of Conscious Alliance. Also, with the donation of 10 non-perishable food items, festival-goers will receive a limited-edition Wakarusa poster, a creation of Rob Marx. R.Marx has notably created album art and tour posters for artists including Umphrey’s McGee, Railroad Earth, STS9 and String Cheese.
Untz Featured Genres: breaks, dubstep, electro, livetronica, drum & bass, downtempo, house and trance.
The Disco Biscuits
The Black Keys
John Butler Trio
Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
The Machine performs Pink Floyd
JJ Grey & MOFRO
7 Walkers feat Papa Mali and Bill Kreutzmann
Tea Leaf Green
Black Joe Lewis
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Dub Tribe Soundsystem
Split Lip Rayfield
The Mother Hips
Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Trampled by Turtles
Kraak & Smaak
Truth & Salvage Co.
Pimps of Joytime
That One Guy
Fort Knox Five
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Great American Taxi
Band of Heathens
Last Waltz Ensemble
LYNX & Janover
Backyard Tire Fire
Big Smith (Gospel Grass Set)
Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce
The Heavy Pets
Ben Miller Band
Hoots & Hellmouth
Radiohiro and MC Zulu
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