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Suwanee Hulaween
Hulaween 2014, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, FL.jpg
GenreJam Electronic Indie Rock Hip-Hop / Urban
DatesLast weekend of October or first weekend of November
Location(s)Live Oak, Florida
Years active2013–present
Attendance~23,000 (2015)

~20,000 (2016, capped)

20,000 (2017, capped, SOLD OUT)
Capacity25,000.
WebsiteSuwannee Hulaween

Suwannee Hulaween is an annual music and camping festival over Halloween weekend, featuring the Spirit Lake® visual arts extravaganza, taking place at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL and is hosted by The String Cheese Incident.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The festival, hosted by The String Cheese Incident and produced by Silver Wrapper and Purple Hat Productions, is held outdoors on five stages and allows the attendees to camp onsite for the weekend. The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park campground is over 800 acres and offers a wide range of options for camping, RV with full hook ups to cabin rentals to primitive camping. The crowd can be considered a mix of young dance enthusiasts, older jam fans, Dead Heads and those in between. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume befitting a Halloween dance party. Suwannee Hulaween roams between the five stages: the Main Stage (where The String Cheese Incident plays its three sets each evening, followed by additional headliners. The Amphitheater (another big venue and stage to accommodate additional headliners), The Patch (an additional stage the size of the amphitheater), Spirit Lake (home to the art installations and silent disco, and where the late night party swings until 5 am.), and finally the nearby Campground Stage (a terrific smaller spot presenting Florida-based bands). The lineup includes approximately 90-100 artists each year.

As of 2014 Suwanee Hulaween has gone from a three-day to a four day long festival. Even though the official festival is only three days long, many festival goers arrive early for the Thursday Pre-party Kickoff. Which features a combination of less well known artists with a few bigger names thrown in there. The pre-party takes place the Thursday before the opening Friday of the festival.

Suwannee Hulaween is generally held either on Halloween (if one of the days Thursday-Sunday falls on the 31st) or the weekend before. In addition to the headliners The String Cheese Incident, the festival has featured performances by past headliners My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Chance the Rapper, Ween, Odesza STS9, Disclosure, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Portugal. The Man, Vince Staples, RL Grime, Rebelution, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Primus, The Disco Biscuits, Pretty Lights, Run the Jewels, Umphrey's McGee, GRiZ, Big Gigantic, Claude Von Stroke, Thievery Corporation, EOTO, Dumpstaphunk, and Slightly Stoopid [1]

Line up by year[edit | edit source]

2013[edit | edit source]

The 2013 festival held October 31 – November 2 with a "Voodoo" theme featuring The String Cheese Incident (3 nights), STS9 (late night), Big Gigantic (late night), Emancipator, Conspirator, Steve Kimock & Friends, Suwannee Bluegrass Surprise, Brock Butler, Future Rock, Moon Taxi, Van Ghost, Jennifer Hartswick, Applebutter Express[2][3][4]

2014[edit | edit source]

The 2014 festival held October 31st – November 2nd with a theme of "The Afterlife" featuring The String Cheese Incident (3 nights), Thievery Corporation, Big Gigantic, Beats Antique, The New Deal, Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ set), Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Emancipator, Greensky Bluegrass, The Dean Ween Group, EOTO, Keller Williams & Friends, Conspirator, Future Rock, Suwannee Bluegrass Surprise, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Rising Appalachia, Rob Garza (DJ Set), Kung Fu, The Soul Rebels, Judah and the Lion, Van Ghost, The Heavy Pets, Ghost Owl featuring Perpetual Groove members Albert Matt and Adam, Greenhouse Lounge, Cope, Strung Like A Horse, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Shane Pruitt Band, Suenalo, Dustin Thomas, Billy Gilmore’s Jam, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine Beartoe and Post Pluto.[5][6]

2014 introduced a Thursday (October 30th) night pre-party which hosted Electron (featuring Marc and Aaron of Conspirator and The Disco Biscuits, Mike Greenfield from Lotus, and Brothers Past guitarist Tommy Hamilton), as well as Particle, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, MZG and Modern Measure.[7][8]

Silent Disco performances included Thibault, Vlad the Inhaler, MZG, Uprise, Ployd, Lumagrove, Taylor Shockley, Rocks ‘N’ Blunts, David Preston, LAVA, Beat Thief Inc, Marc Freccaro[8]

2015[edit | edit source]

The 2015 festival held October 30th — November 1st with a "Ghoul Train" (70s) theme featuring The String Cheese Incident (3 nights), Pretty Lights, Primus, Chance the Rapper & Social Experiment, STS9, ODESZA, Slightly Stoopid, GRiZ, Lettuce, Railroad Earth, Papadosio, The Floozies, The Polish Ambassador, Sam Bush Band, The New Mastersounds, Manic Science (Manic Focus x Break Science), Future Rock, Michal Menert, Dopapod, Goldfish, Elephant Revival, The Nth Power, TAUK, Stick Figure, Little Hurricane, Earphunk, Sister Sparrow and the Dirtybirds, Big Wild, Turbo Suit, The Heavy Pets, Shook Twins, Greenhouse Lounge, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, The Heard, Modern Measure, Jon Stickley Trio, Catfish Alliance, Post Pluto, Master Radical, Great Peacock, Billy Gilmore & Friends, The Hip Abduction, Beebs & Her Money Makers, Come Back Alice, Displace, Juke, Sqeedlepuss, The Groove Orient, S.P.O.R.E., Flat Land, Bath Salt Zombies, Morning Fatty, Holey Miss Moley [9]

2015 continued the Thursday (October 29th) Pre-Party Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Dumpstaphunk, Eoto, Herd of Watts, and Leisure Chief [10]

In 2015, Suwannee Hulaween had no cap on the number of attendees and because of this, it had the most attendees of any year. The attendance was around 17,500 tickets sold. After 2015, a decision was made to cap Suwannee Hulaween in future years at 20,000.

2016[edit | edit source]

The 2016 festival held October 28th — October 30th with a "Stringier Things" (80s) theme featuring The String Cheese Incident (3 nights), My Morning Jacket, Disclosure (DJ Set), Logic, Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, Big Gigantic (feat. The Motet), Rebelution, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Gramatik, Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, Boys Noizem, Anderson .Paak & The Free National, Snarky Puppy, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Bob Moses, Slow Magic, The Revivalists, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Future Rock, Manic Focus, The Motet, Washed Out, Unlike Pluto, Come Back Alice, Savi Fernandez Band, ,El Dub, Ajeva, Post Pluto, Savants of Soul [11]

2016 continued the Thursday (October 27th) Pre-Party featuring Umphrey's Mcgee, Greensky Bluegrass, EOTO & Friends, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Marco Benevento, Fruition, The Werks, GanjaWhiteNight, Late Night Radio, The Heavy Pets, Con Brio, Flamingosis, Imagined Herbal Flows, Grant Farm, Broccoli Samurai, Trae Pierce & The T-Stones, Unlimited Aspect, Future Vintage [9]

2016 Silent Disco acts where Marvel Years, Artifakts, Prophet Massive, Vlad The Inhaler, Wyllys, Willie Evans Jr., Lusid, Digital Sykline, Brox, Cry Havoc, Lady Miaou, Austen Van Der Bleek, Lava, Rocks 'N' Blunts, Ployd, Walley Meskel, Aurakull, Booty Boo

2016 was the first year the Suwannee park implemented a cap on the number of tickets sold. The cap was 20,000 tickets.

2017[edit | edit source]

The 2017 festival held October 27th – October 29th with a theme of "Night of The Loving Dead" featuring The String Cheese Incident (3 nights), Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Bassnectar, Ween, GRiZ, Run The Jewels, Nick Murphy (Chet Faker), RL Grime, Portugal. The Man, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats,space jesus, The Disco Biscuits, Claude Vonstroke and Vince Staples. Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, Beats Antique, Kamasi Washington, Moon Taxi, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Manic Focus, Spafford, TAUK, Dumpstaphunk and Marco Benevento [12]

2017's Thursday (October 26th) night pre-party featured Umphrey's McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Greensky Bluegrass, Liquid Stranger, The Devil Makes Three, Lettuce, EOTO & Friends, Spafford, Zach Deputy, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Elohim, Protohype, Buku, The Nth Power, Southern Avenue, Great Peacock, Custard Pie, Ecology, The Getbye [12]

The theme of 2017 was a special one. Hulaween said this in their Theme Announcement -- "Night of The Loving Dead! In a world devilishly assaulted by ferocious natural disasters, crazed political discourse, and other sinister attacks, love is the only kryptonite that can stop these invaders in their tracks. Bust out your zombie garb, your cupid diaper or whatever else suits your Halloween desires. The only requirement is that you inject whatever you wear with a ghoulish portion of LOVE. In 2017, love is the answer, love wins." [13]

2017 continued the 20,000 ticket cap set in 2016. On October 16, 2017 Hulaween announced that all weekend tickets had been sold. This was also the first year that Suwannee used RFID chipped wristbands.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Suwannee Hulaween 2018 in Live Oak, FL — Everfest". Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  2. http://www.csmpromo.com/2013/09/24/suwannee-hulaween/
  3. "Hulaween Rumors Confirmed; 3 Nights of SCI Plus STS9, Big Gigantic and More TBA — TreeThugger". 17 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  4. "HULAWEEN 2013: String Cheese Incident, STS9 + Big Gigantic @ Spirit of Suwanee Park for Halloween — LIVE music blog". 14 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  5. http://suwanneehulaween.com/2014/09/05/the-string-cheese-incidents-suwannee-hulaween-announces-full-wave-of-additional-artists-a-thursday-pre-party-the-afterlife-halloween-theme-and-a-hulaweenbear-creek-combo-ticket/
  6. "Suwannee Hulaween 2014 Lineup Announcement - »". jamsplus.com. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  7. "Suwannee Hulaween 2014 reveals its schedule!". 17 October 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 http://www.appalachianjamwich.com/2014/10/20/the-string-cheese-incidents-suwannee-hulaween-unveils-schedule/
  9. 9.0 9.1 http://lineup.suwanneehulaween.com/
  10. "Suwannee Hulaween 2015 Finalizes Lineup". 14 September 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  11. "Suwannee Hulaween Announces Initial Lineup For 2016 Festival". 27 April 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Suwannee Hulaween Announces Initial 2017 Lineup". 22 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  13. "Hulaween 2017 Theme: "Night of The Loving Dead"". Retrieved 14 June 2018.


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