Suwannee Hulaween 2016

  • OCTOBER 28-30, 2016

  • 4th ANNUAL

  • 20,000 PEOPLE


PLACE


LOCATION:5 bears

Live Oak, Florida: Florida is the only place I could imagine having a festival this late into the season. The warm climate is the perfect place to extend your summer season! Live Oak is very close to the Georgia border, so it is very accessible from the Southeast if driving or Atlanta and Jacksonville if flying.

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VENUE:5 bears

Spirit of Suwannee Music Park: I’ve said it before, and I’ll said it again – Suwannee is my absolute favorite festival venue. The grounds are gorgeous, with trees draped in the most beautifully erie spanish moss – perfect for Halloween! There is a river to play in all day, and beautiful lakes to camp near. The various camping options give you endless choices for RV, tent-only, and car camping. Food and merchandise vendors are spread throughout the grounds, along with some real bathrooms and showers. There is a general store as well as paved roads, and the dirt roads are often sprayed with water to help prevent dry dusty air. The stage setup and Spirit Lake’s extra features put the venue over the top!

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BASICS


TICKET PRICE:5 bears

Upon first glace, Hulaween may look somewhat pricey. But trust me – it is worth every penny! The production value of this festival is through the roof. Save that extra money and make it happen! You won’t regret it. Buy tickets early if you can! Also, car camping pass was not included this year unless otherwise specified below (extra $20).

  • Early Bird Presale Tier 1: $189*
  • Early Bird Presale Tier 2: $219*
  • Advance Tier 1: $239*
  • Advance Tier 2: $259
  • Advance Tier 3: $279
  • Gate: $295*
  • Pre-Party (Thursday): $69 in advance / $89 at the gate*
  • Kids 10 & under FREE
  • Car Camping: $20

VIP Options:

  • Mummy VIP: $399 Tier 1 / $479 Tier 2/ $500 Gate
    • 1 VIP Ticket
    • Discounted Beverages
    • VIP Indoor Bathrooms
    • Designated VIP Viewing Areas at Main Stage
    • VIP Camping Area near Main Stage
    • VIP Swag Bag including Hulaween 2016 Poster, T-shirt, Laminate &more!
    • Complementary Massages
    • Complementary Golf Cart Shuttle Service throughout the park at designated VIP stops
  •  Werewolf VIP: $499 Early Bird / $579 Public Tier 1 / $600 Gate
    • 1 VIP Ticket
    • 6 Catered Meals (lunch & dinner)
    • All Mummy VIP Amenities
  • Witch VIP: $2400 for 2
    • 2 VIP Tickets
    • 6 Catered Meals per VIP ticket (lunch & dinner)
    • All Mummy VIP Amenities
    • 1 Glamping Ticket
    • Includes 1 Car Camping Pass per order
  • Golbin VIP: $2400 for 2 – OR – $3600 for 4
    • 2 or 4 VIP Tickets
    • 6 Catered Meals per VIP ticket (lunch & dinner)
    • All Mummy VIP Amenities
    • Includes 1 Room at Local Hotel with choice of 1 king of 2 Queen sized beds
    • Includes Free VIP shuttle to & from hotel
    • Includes 1 Car Camping Pass per order
  • Zombie VIP: $3000 for 2 – OR – $4200 for 4
    • 2 or 4 VIP Tickets
    • 6 Catered Meals per VIP ticket (lunch & dinner)
    • All Mummy VIP Amenities
    • Includes 1 One Bedroom Cabin with a pull out couch, kitchen, bathroom, TV, AC/heat
    • Includes 1 Car Camping Pass per order

*Fees not included


CAMPING:5 bears

You can’t beat the camping setup at Suwannee. They let you go just about anywhere you want, and you can take up as much space as you like. The campgrounds are in a swamp, with gorgeous trees draped in spanish moss giving the grounds an erie feeling – perfect for Halloween! I recommend getting there early if you want a prime spot, the grounds fill up pretty quickly. There are some larger fields as well, and those stay open a bit longer into the weekend. You can have campfires, so remember to buy local wood before coming into the park.


TRANSPORTATION:5 bears

The best way to get to Suwannee is of course to drive there, but there are plenty of other options. If you’re coming from out of state you may want to fly in and rent a car or RV. Jacksonville International Airport (JAX – 79 miles) is likely to be the cheapest, although Gainesville (GNV – 60 miles) and Valdosta (VLD – 38 miles) are a bit closer. Tallahassee is relatively close as well (TLH – 82 miles).

Hulaween was also offering a shuttle service, Scoobie Shuttle Buses, to and from JAX. The trip is approximately 90-120 minutes and you could purchase one-way tickets for $35, including all taxes and fees.


SECURITY:5 bears

There is no car check, they just ask if you have any dogs in your car when you first pull in. If you do have a dog, you can register it as a service animal or pay $50 for a pet. When you enter the actual venue area there is a bag check and they were occasionally trying to check pockets or pat you down, but most of the time they were pretty laid back.


FESTIPEOPLE:5 bears

Hulaween brings out some of my favorite FestiPeople! Last year my only complaint had been the number of people – it was overwhelming at times – but this year they limited ticket sales and added another stage to help disperse people. PERFECT! Shout out to Campagne – the bestest FestiCrew in all the land!


5 bearsWEATHER:

The weather was beautiful! The days were sunny and hot, the perfect weather to go relax by the river! At night, it cooled off just enough, but it was never cold.


5 bearsHANDLING OF THE WEATHER:

Suwannee is a dream, nothing to handle 🙂


MUSIC
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DAYTIME SHOWS:5 bears

The lineup at Hulaween is truly unbeatable – one of the best of the season for sure, if not THE best. Hulaween brings together jam, funk, bluegrass, and EDM for an amazing lineup.

Friday

Russo, Benevento, & Burbridge opened the day for me with a spacey and enthralling set at the main stage, followed by Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe bringing some fire New Orleans sound at the Amphitheater. The real treat of the day was Greensky Bluegrass back at the main stage – how can you not love those boys?! They opened with Burn Them, and brought some of my favorites out including Kyle Hollingsworth and Roosevelt Collier. Check out the full setlist:

Burn Them, Living Over, Room Without A Roof, Federico (with Kyle Hollingsworth), Just To Lie, Leap Year, Merely Avoiding, Kerosene, Breadbox (with Collier)

Saturday

Larry Keel & Drew Emmitt caught my eye on the schedule to begin with – how could I pass up these bluegrass legends? Then Hulaween steps it up another notch by bringing up Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon. Game. Set. Match. The crew brought out classics including Midnight BluesTake Another Piece of My Heart and Can’t Find My Way Home. Snarky Puppy at The Patch was another favorite, pulling out Terova and Go to start the set, and closing out with What About Me.

Sunday

Travelin’ McCourey’s started my day off right with one of their amazing bluegrass sets. Afterwards I wandered over to the Amphitheater to get down with some funk with The Motet. Their new singer Lyle Divinsky is crushing it! He brings a powerful sound full of love and light to the stage!

DAMN!, BACK IT UP, FOOL, RIPPIN’, KNOW IT, KEEP ON, TRUTH

HEADLINERS:5 bears

Cheese, cheese, and more cheese! 7 sets is a cheese lover’s dream!

Friday

Friday was a pretty classic Cheese set, closing out the first set with Let’s Go Outside, plus an incredible Johnny Cash encore. What more could you want?

Set One: So Far From Home, Rhythm of the Road -> Dudley’s Kitchen, Love Is Like A Train, Betray The Dark, Lonesome Fiddle Blues, Let’s Go Outside
Set Two: Hi Ho No Show, It Is What It Is, On The Road, Falling Through The Cracks, Shine, Howard
Encore: Johnny Cash

Saturday

The second set on Saturday is always the themed set – this year’s theme was Stringier Things, taken from the 80s based TV show Stranger Things. The set was filled with happy cheesey music and 80s songs all the way through, with a killer medley of some of the favorites and a Burning Down The House closer. The cover set had lots of friends on stage including Rhonda Thomas & Tony White on vocals, Martin Perna on baritone sax and flute, Jas Walton on tenor, Jordan McLean on trumpet, and Jeff Pierce playing with both the trumpet and the trombone. Check out the full set list below:

Set One: Stop Drop Roll, Rhum ‘N’ Zouc, Restless Wind, I Wish, Turn This Around, Joyful Sound, Rumble, Can’t Wait Another Day
Set Two: Would I Lie To You?, Should I Stay Or Should I Go, Upside Down, She Blinded Me With Science, Let’s Groove Tonight, White Wedding, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Love Shack, MEDLEY: Another One Bites The Dust > White Lines > The Safety Dance > Come On Eileen > Relax > Thriller (Tease) > (Rick Roll) Never Gonna Give You Up > Don’t You Want Me, Burning Down The House
Set Three: Colorado Bluebird Sky, Sweet Spot, Rivertrance, Believe, Way Back Home, Rubiks Cube Jam, Miss Brown’s Teahouse, Colliding
ENCORE: Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours

Sunday

Sunday started out more bluegrass heavy, and turned into one of my favorite sets to date! They opened with Song In My Head, and brought out Tyler Grant (Grant Farm) for Get Tight. In the second set some of the guys from Travelin’ McCourey’s joined the stage for How Mountain Girls Can Love, Shady Grove, and Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance. Dom Lalli (Big Gigantic) played some saxophone for us on Freedom Jazz Dance, and then again later for Beautiful to close out the set. Check out the full setlist:

Set One: Song In My Head, These Waves > Djibouti Bump, Get Tight, Down A River, Born On The Wrong Planet, Rain > BollyMunster

Set Two: How Mountain Girls Can Love, Shady Grove, Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance, Bumpin’ Reel, Sometimes A River, You’ve Got The World, Freedom Jazz Dance, ‘Round The Wheel,Percussion, Beautiful


LATE NIGHT SHOWS:5 bears

Not ready to go to sleep? No worries, Hulaween has music options all through the night!

Friday

Umphrey’s McGee turned up a fire set between Cheese sets Friday night. If Hulaween is the type of festival that has Umphrey’s McGee playing set break for Cheese, then its the place for me! Umphrey’s opened with one of my favorites, In The Kitchen, and continued crushing it from there:

In The Kitchen, Prowler > Example 1, Attachments, Cemetery Walk II, 1348 > Hajimemashite > 1348

While I raged Umphrey’s at the Amphitheater, word on the street was Gramatik was tearing up The Patch. After Cheese’s second set, the fun continued late into the night with My Morning JacketQuixoticJon Stickley Trio, and so much more!

My Morning Jacket Setlist: Wordless, Compound, Off the Rec, Spring, Evil Urges, Laylow, Rocket, Steam, State of the Art, Tropics, Circuital, Easy, Victory > End of Run > Highly Sus > Touch Me 2 > Another Brick, OBH
Quixotic lit up the Spirit Lake Stage with hauntingly beautiful dancers and fire spinners before Jon Stickley Trio closed out the night.

Saturday

Lettuce played between Cheese sets, bringing up the beautiful Alecia Chakour on vocals for What Do I Have To Do and Love You Left Behind. I can’t get enough of these funky geniuses. STS9 was the talk of the town Saturday night after Cheese at the Patch, check out their funky setlist:

This, Us > WTDS Reprise, Get Loud, Blu Mood, Shock Doctrine, Give & Take > Grow (doom doom teases), 2012 > Modular, Baraka
Encore: EHM

I caught The Revivalists at the Spirit Lake Stage, opening with Bulletproof into Stand Up and closing with one of my favorites, Fireflies into Wish I Knew You.

Sunday

Rebelution kept the good vibes rolling between Cheese sets, and The Claypool Lennon Delirium got weird afterwards. Big Gigantic played with The Motet to close out the main stage, while Twiddle closed out Spirit Lake. They may have only played 5 songs, but they jammed the hell outta them!

Big Gigantic feat. The Motet: Intro, Little Things, Cmon, Get Em High, Highly Possible, Blue Dream, All The Way Up, Get On Up, I Gotta Know, Recess, Clear My Throat, Good Times Roll, No Apologies, Bun Up The Dance, Bring The Funk Back, Funk With Me, Brighter Future, Cant Hold Us, Got The Love, Fool No More, Thriller w/ Drum Jam, Wide Open, The Night Is Young, The Night Is Young AMG Remix, Miss Primetime, All Of Me, Touch The Sky
Twiddle: Sub Prelude, Jamflowman, Doinkinbonk, Every Soul, Blunderbuss

3 bearsBonus Points – Thursday Pre-Party!

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The Thursday Pre-Party was super special as well, if you’re coming to Hula don’t hesitate to take an extra day off for the Pre-Party – it is more than worth it! Kyle Hollingsworth Band played an epic Africa, while Umphrey’s McGee rocked out two epic sets at the Amphitheater.

Set One: Bathing Digits > Rocker 2, Blue Echo > No Diablo, Resolution > Robot World, Make it Right, Wife Soup, Cemetery Walk
Set Two: Bad Friday, Mulches Odyssey, Let’s Dance, Nothing too Fancy > Speak Up, Ocean Billy >Nothing too Fancy
Encore: Slacker > Ocean Billy

I was stoked to see some of my favorite bluegrass bands on the jam centered lineup – Fruition melted by heart as always and Greensky Bluegrass played a funky Back Dat Ass Up and told the crowd “don’t do anything Paul wouldn’t do!”

Windshield, The Four, Train Junkie, Miss September, Demons, Don’t Lie (back dat ass up), Jaywalking (back dat ass up), Money for Nothin
Encore: Past My Prime

STAGE SETUP:5 bears

The stage setup at Suwannee is perfect! The Main Stage is on a slight hill so you can see from almost anywhere, and it is absolutely huge to accommodate the bigger acts such as Cheese.

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Past some vendors and into the trees you find the gorgeous Amphitheater Stage. The amphitheater stage is my favorite stage to hang at when at Suwannee. It is smaller, and have stairs going up a hill so you can see from just about anywhere. Hammocks were brought back this year – thank you for that Hula!

Next up was Spirit Lake, an artistically transformed masterpiece hidden in the swamp. Inside, there were two stages surrounded by beautiful artwork everywhere you looked. The Spirit Lake Stage and The Campground Stage were both great stages, with some amazing sound and even better acts! There were also the two silent discos, Silent Disco A & B, which had music all through the night, allowing you to listen to music until the sun rose! Spirit Lake Stage was extra special this year – it was designed as a pirate ship with beautiful flowers and art surrounding it.

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The Patch was a new addition this year. The stage was huge and was able to support some of the larger acts such as STS9. It was on the other side of the main stage from the other stages, so it really helped to spread out the crowd.

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EXTRAS


COMMUNITY EVENTS:3 bears

The Suwannee Music Foundation and Conscious Alliance hosted a food drive to support the Love Inc. Food Bank in Live Oak, FL. You could bring 20 or more cans or non-perishable food items to the food drive tent and receive a commemorative 2016 festival poster.


TRIPPY ASPECTS:5 bears

Greensky Bluegrass’s Paul Hoffmann was right to coin Hulaween as”psychedelic wonderland”, the production team takes it over the top! You could get lost in Spirit Lake for hours, and never want to leave. Art installations, dancers, fire spinners, and even holograms over the lake itself makes Spirit Lake the most magical place on earth. Even when you leave, your walkways are lit up with beautiful lights and art to help you walk home to your camp. Bring in Cheese, their dancers, and their ever costume-wearing fans, and you might as well be asking me what wasn’t trippy about Hula.


FOOD VENDORS:5 bears

dsc_0097Hulaween has endless nomlicious options for you! You have to buy tickets to purchase food and drinks at most vendors, which is easy enough if you don’t forget to use them and find them in your pockets a week later (I didn’t do that I swear…)


MERCH VENDORS:5 bears

There were so many amazing vendors throughout the grounds, with gorgeous and unique crafts so tempting you might just spend every last penny! HydroFlask was also giving away free water bottles if you won in plinko – score!


5 bearsYOGA:

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Yoga is the key to making it through a 4 day weekend of endless fun and adventures. Hulaween gives you lots of options from more complex acroplay to more relaxed sound healing. Take some time out of your day and refresh yourself!


WORKSHOPS:5 bears

Hulaween offered lots of “playshop” options in Spirit Lake! Whether you wanted to learn how to slackline or perhaps discover edible and medicinal plants, Hulaween had you covered! See the schedule above in Yoga.

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HELP THE ENVIRONMENT:3 bears

There was a recycling emphasis and the Green Team had carnival style games in the Recycle Rewards tent, as well as posters from Conscious Alliance.


BONUS POINTS:4 bears

  1. Ferris Wheel
  2. Spirit Lake
  3. Golf Carts!
  4. The River…and all the fun that comes with it…

TOTAL FESTIPOINTS: 103!

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