Suwannee Hulaween Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Scintillating Lineup Headed by Pretty Lights, TAB, JRAD & The String Cheese Incident
The wait is over. Suwannee Hulaween unveiled its highly-anticipated lineup for its tenth anniversary edition with something for everyone. Set for October 26-29, the beloved festival returns to the mystical grounds of Spirit of Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, FL with a genre-crossing bill headed by electro-soul pioneer Pretty Lights and jam titans Trey Anastasio Band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and host band The String Cheese Incident.
Joining them will be cross-section of artists drawn from the worlds of jam, electronic dance, hip hop, rap, R&B, funk, indie rock, and bluegrass. Highlights include the HULA debut of Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade and performances by legendary roots-rock outfit Dispatch, indie rockers Mt. Joy, SOSMP mainstays funk/fusion cosmonauts Lettuce and funk/jam court jesters Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. The festival will also welcome Neo-soul rapper Smino as its sole hip hop headliner along with critically-acclaimed, future-shock jazz duo DOMi & JD Beck, genre-bending musician Apashe Live with Brass Ensemble, and Turkish anatolian rock/psychedelic folk outfit Altın Gün.
Fans of electronic dance and livetronica have plenty to be happy about with a huge menu of innovators to choose from. Tech-house maestro and headliner John Summit will host Hulaween’s first ever takeover by Off The Grid; Summit’s imprint will offer up sets by label favorites. Other electronic music heavyweights include multi-instrumentalist/producer Elderbrook, DJ/producer Big Wild, and revered producer/vocalist Channel Tres. More crowd-pleasing electronic acts include BLOND:ISH, Eprom, Giolo & Assia, ISOxo, Manic Focus, Moore Kismet, Lab Group, and Yung Bae among others.
It turns out the rumours were true. Pretty Lights (a.k.a. Derek Vincent Smith) will make fans’ dreams reality when he appears at HULA after a five-year hiatus from touring. Hulaween will be the only East Coast festival performance on his Soundship Spacesystem Tour.
This 2023 lineup is rounded out by appearances by Eddie Roberts and the Lucky Strokes, Ghost Note, Jennifer Hartswick Band, Kitchen Dwellers, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, lespecial, Funk You, MZG, Marvel Years, Melt, Bill & Jillian Nershi featuring Jason Hann, Roosevelt Collier Band, Jon Stickley Trio, The Nth Power Presents: Jenth Power with Jennifer Hartswick, Electric Kif, Yam Yam, Golden Era, MiniM, and many more.
Hulaween’s magic stretches beyond music at SOSMP, where fans can roam 800 acres of old-growth forests and sprawling green fields or take a dip in the historic Suwannee River. Spirit Lake anchors the heart of the park where attendees can revel in immersive art experiences, hypnotizing light shows, mind-boggling lakefront projection mapping, and live performance art. Attendees can also take in performances at Spirit Lake’s two stages and groove until sunrise at the Silent Disco.
“The festival and concert industry landscape continues to be bought up and homogenized by the majors, so staying the course as true independents and surviving through all of the highs and lows we’ve endured to this milestone 10-year anniversary, is incredible,” said Michael Berg, co-founder, brand manager, and talent buyer for Hulaween in a press release. “We think back fondly of all the people who have been part of the Hula journey with us and how the team continues to learn and grow to elevate the experience and lineup every year. We’ve proudly stayed true to this community and culture we are servicing and hope to keep doing that for at least another 10!”
Passes are on sale now via Hulaween’s official website. Don’t sleep on this because the festival has sold out for the past five years. For more information click on the links below.