Let the music festival season begin


By Cody Willmer, Contributer

Summer is approaching fast, and many of us are thinking about what we’re going to do, where we’re going to go, what shows we’re going to see, where and when are we going to work, and how much booze we may or may not imbibe. One of the most exciting things to think about is all the music festivals that will be happening. Not so exciting, however, is thinking of how to pay for them.

The big festival this summer is Wakarusa  in Ozark, Arkansas. It is in its seventh consecutive year and will be at Mulberry Mountain for the second year in a row.  This one looks to be a doozy. Mulberry Mountain is a private campground that boasts numerous campsites, lakes, common areas (home to the crowds and stages) and numerous other activities. This year, the festival will hold more than 100 artists on five different stages.

So, why splurge on Wakarusa? The line up and scheduling are absolutely fabulous this year. Here is a little taste: My Morning Jacket, Thievery Corporation, STS9, Bassnectar, Skrillex, Ghostland Observatory, Sphongeltron, Buckethead, Minus the Bear, EOTO, and Mumford and Sons, just to name a few.  Wakarusa is also into Nebraska’s music scene – they’re bringing a local act down from Lincoln called Somasphere.

Whether you’re a first time festival-goer or a hardened veteran, there are a few other things that make Wakarusa a can’t-miss festival to attend this summer.

At $169, the price seems high, but it’s still a good deal for four days of good times and music. The camping passes range from $25 to $99 and up to five people can camp per pass.

Another big perk is that many of the “must-see” artists will play more than one set, which will make it easier to see multiple bands. A lot of other festivals don’t offer this.

The festival takes place during the first weekend in June, when the weather will most likely be premiere for being outside. The dates run from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5.

You can get the full line-up, schedule, ticket information, event information and other goodies at Wakarusa.com.