HulaWho?

Summer may be winding down, but music festivals aren’t fading as the temperature drops. This fall will be full of awesome festivals like Imagine, Pilgrimage, and VooDoo; but we aren’t here to talk about those, we are here to talk about one of the most amazing spectacles the festival industry has to offer- Suwannee Hulaween.

Hulaween comes from humble origins. Starting in 2013, The String Cheese Incident teamed up with both Silver Wrapper (Islands of Light, North Coast Music Festival) and Purple Hat (Purple Hatter’s Ball, Suwannee Summer Clusterpluck) productions to create a completely unique festival experience.

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Hulaween’s 2013 lineup poster

Ever since it’s birth, Hulaween has put on amazing shows. The String Cheese Incident always headlines with two sets every night, and it’s first year out, Hula hosted Moon Taxi, STS9, and Big Gigantic, just to name a few. As the years have passed, the names have only gotten bigger, and the fest itself has only gotten better. In 2014, the grounds welcomed back Big Gigantic, and added Thievery Corporation and Beats Antique to their headline line-up. 2015 brought Chance the Rapper and Pretty Lights, and 2016 ushered in My Morning Jacket and Disclosure, among many, many other acts.

The festival welcomes an average of 25,000 people every year, but don’t let that number intimidate you. This event still has an extremely intimate feel that makes people come back year after year.

Spirit Lake, captured by Dave Vann for Suwannee Hulaween 2016
Photo Courtesy: Suwanneehulaween.com

Spirit of Suwannee Music Park serves as a backdrop for this experience. The Spanish moss melting from branches, the scenic and serene landscape, and the tranquil Suwannee River all mesh to provide festival-goers a safe, inviting space to let go off all of life’s stresses and just live in the moment.

This year, we all expect great things from Hulaween. Attendance is predicted to be higher than previous years, and the lineup is a dream come true. There are already over 50 acts, and that’s just the first wave! The second wave is expected to drop any day now. This year’s line up features the hosting String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Ween, Griz, Run the Jewels, Portugal the Man, and the list goes on forever. If these headlines aren’t really your thing, there is literally an act to satisfy just about every music taste. Find your favorite genera below and check out some of the awesome artists that you can see at this year’s festival!

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String Cheese Incident [Bluegrass/Funk/Reggae]

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2014

Ween [Rock]
Joe Russo’s AlmostDead [Jazz-fusion/Dead Cover]
The Disco Biscuits [Jamtronica]
Lettuce [Funk]
Benevento/Russo Duo [Jazz]
Kamasi Washington [Jazz]
Kyle Hollingsworth Band [Funk-fusion]
Here Comes the Mummies [Funk]
Dumpstaphunk [Funk]
Tauk [Rock Jam]
Aqueous [Rock Jam]
Big Something [Rock Jam]
Spafford [Rock Jam]
Future Rock [Jamtronica]
Marco Benevento [Jazz]

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2015

Dirty Dozen Brass Band [Funk Jazz]
Displace [Rock Jazz]
Lemon City Trio [Jazz Prog]
Zach Deputy [Folk Jam]

World/ Reggae
Stick Figure
Beats Antique
The Nth Power (Bob Marley Tribute)
The Resolvers

Bluegrass
Greensky Bluegrass
Devil Makes Three
Jerry Douglas Band
Jon Stickley Trio
Acoustic Syndicate

Rock/Alt/Indie
Chet faker
Portugal. The Man
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Marian Hill

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2016

FKJ
Moon Taxi
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Crywolf
Poolside
Magic City Hippies
Shak Nasti
The Galbraith Group
King Baby
Heather Gillis Band

Rap/ RnB
Run the Jewels
Vince Staples
Jacob Banks
Tank and the Bangas

House
Claude VonStroke
Shiba San
Destructo
Tokimonsta

Electro-Funk

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2017

Griz
Manic Focus
Polish Ambassador
Big Wild
The Russ Liquid Test
Michal Menert

Dubstep/Bass Music/ Trap
Bassnectar
RL Grime
Liquid Stranger
Buku
Space Jesus
Protohype
Keys N Krates
Eoto & Friends

Credit: r/rudeboi710 

Hulaween isn’t your average festival, it is an experience. It’s more than just trick-or-treating around the block, its feeling connected with 25,000 of your closest friends.

To head over to the official Hulaween website to snag your tickets before it’s too late! When that second wave line-up drops, I have a feeling this year might be sold out.

 

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