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As this year’s Suwannee Hulaween approaches, I’m starting to have the same conversations I have every year with veterans of the Florida festival. I’ve never been myself, but everyone who has gone tells me that this festival should be a priority for me to visit, so I’m excited to see what all the fuss is about. Hosted by The String Cheese Incident, and backed by their triplet of performances across three nights, it’s easy to draw comparisons between Hulaween and Electric Forest. Settled in the deep South, however, this festival is sure to offer unique vibes so I’m very excited to discover what it is that makes up the “Spirit of Suwannee.”
The weekend lineup is refreshingly diverse and features familiar favorites as well as some names I’ve been chasing for a while. SCI and Bassnectar are obvious staple choices that any fan of this festival will want on their list; and RL Grime, The Disco Biscuits, and Run The Jewels will all draw their respective audience of fans. Ween and Portugal. The Man are interesting and unusual names to see, but I’m a fan of variety so I might end up seeing what both those bands have to offer. Damian Marley and Chet Faker are sure to please fans of more chill and relaxing music, which should be a good attitude to have on an October weekend away from home.
On the undercard, the names are still very significant and there are a few artists who you should make sure to catch if you can. Greensky Bluegrass and Lotus are sure to deliver fantastic live performances for fans of skilled instrumentalism and traditional musical styles. Beats Antique and Big Wild will continue the instrumental tradition, but take things further into the future with a balance of ambience and dance grooves. For fans of electronic music, there is plenty on offer as well. Destructo, Shiba San, and Keys n Krates will keep dance floors moving while Space Jesus and Tokimonsta will take things to the next level with heavy bass. For me, I’m going to make sure to catch my first Perpetual Groove set and will try to stop by to see our friends, The Jon Stickley Trio. I’m looking forward to this festival immensely, so be sure to catch my weekend recap once I’m back home!