April 16-18, 2015
Live Oak, Florida: Florida in the spring is always so beautiful!
Suwannee Park: If you haven’t yet been to a festival Suwannee Park, go there now! It is so unbelievably perfect! You can camp wherever you like, whether its in the woods, along the lake, next to the river, or in a field. The walk to the shows is 5-10 minutes depending on where you camp, and throughout the walk you are passing amazing vendors. There are RV hookups, real roads, working bathrooms, a general store, and so much more!
Such a great price for a weekend full of amazing music and more! Includes camping Thursday through Sunday:
- Before the Lineup: $175 + fees
- Round 1: $195 + $23 fees
- Last Chance: $230 + fees
- Single Day Tickets (no camping): $105 + fees
I recommend driving to Wanee and camping! It is such a beautiful festival to camp at, I would never do anything different! If you are coming from far away, you can fly into Jacksonville (1hr drive), Atlanta (4hr drive), Gainsville (1hr drive), Tampa (2.5hr drive), or anywhere else nearby, but I would still recommend renting a car to enjoy the rest of the weekend. RVs would be a great choice as well if you are not a camper. Wanee also offers a few different hotel/shuttle packages.
I can’t say enough how perfect camping is at Wanee! When you pull up to the festival, you drive through a gate and camp anywhere you like! My favorite spot is back by the bat house, but you can’t go wrong! The lake is beautiful, as is the river, and the woods provide the perfect canopy to any rain coming through with those Florida storms. You can take up as much room with your campsite as you like, which makes it super easy to meet up with friends! My recommendation is to get there early (you can arrive as early as Sunday, just pay a little extra for camping) and enjoy the spot even before the music starts!
No car check, which is great for the camping side of things! There was a bag check each and every time you entered the actual venue, and they were pretty strict on that, but for the most part it was pretty general as far as security goes.
I love people that go to Wanee! Wanee has been around for many years as an Allman Brothers festival, and although this year it was Widespread Panic headlining instead, I found that the crowd was very similar. I have always referred to Wanee as an “old guys” festival, because you are encouraged to bring chairs and set them up at the stages to relax. There is however room in the very front for people to dance as well!
For the most part, the weather was gorgeous! Every forecast called for rain, but the rain was pushed off most of the time or a very light sprinkling. There were a couple of small storms, but for the most part the weather was perfect!
HANDLING OF THE WEATHER:
Every show at Wanee is simply incredible! So many unbelievable acts come to this festival – you really can’t go wrong!
Widespread Panic – need I say more?! #WSMFP
Wednesday night we had Melvin Seals & JGB crushing the stage. Thursday night we got Pink Talking Fish, a Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish cover band (they even threw in some Dead! Let’s make it Pink Talking Dead Fish!). Friday night Dumpstaphunk brought the funk with a 70s twist, and Galactic closed out the festival on Saturday night with a bang!
The stage setup at Wanee is absolutely perfect to me:
The Peach Stage is the main stage. It is a massive stage, only used for Friday and Saturday. It has incredible sound and an huge field in front of it to support large crowds.
The Mushroom Stage is one of my favorite smaller stages of any festival…ever! It is a quick 5 minute walk from the Peach stage, allows for nonstop music, and it is the perfect place to hang up your hammock or set up a chair. In the very front there plenty of room for dancing, and about 20 feet back from the stage there levels to set up your chairs and infinite trees to hang your hammock from!
Wanee even includes a Traveling Stage that makes its way around the venue and campgrounds – how freakin’ cool!
None, but the Wanee community is amazing 🙂
There was one yoga session on each morning, Friday and Saturday, by the main stage.
SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT: