Suwannee Hulaween has quickly become one of the go-to boutique festivals in the country. Capped at only 20,000 attendees, the festival is just big enough to draw in some big names but small enough to have a more private and intimate feel. It is held at the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida and happens around Halloween time each year. This year will mark its sixth installment and once again they have outdone themselves with an intricately curated lineup, which includes ODESZA, Jamiroquai, Janelle Monáe, Tipper, REZZ, Gramatik, NGHTMRE, Action Bronson, three nights of The String Cheese Incident and many more. The festival sells out every year so get your tickets while you can and trust us, this festival is unlike any other. The vibes combined with the park, the art, Halloween, the lineup, and, of course, the people, truly make this a one-of-a-kind festival that shouldn’t be missed and if you’re there, be sure to check out the following artists.
Where to begin, let’s just say that you won’t hear or see anything else like David Tipper at Hulaween. In terms of the hearing part, organic psychedelia sounds about right. There are sounds that seem like they were created by mother nature herself or some alien, otherworldly place. This signature sound transcends music and is way more than just a catchy beat, it’s so gorgeous and complex that you can literally get lost in it. You can try and pick it apart and dig your way out but you can’t. Just take it all in. Don’t let that fool you though, as he can throw down pretty hard and heavy as well, dropping some bass and trap that’ll make you break your neck. The music is only one factor though, backed by visuals from Fractaled Visions, the sights that play along with his music can and will put you in a different dimension and mental state. Both aspects blend so seamlessly together it’s like they were separated at birth. One final note, Tipper can scratch the hell out of some vinyl, a lost art in the world of DJing. As if everything else wasn’t enough, throw that in there mixed with the spirit of the park and you have one of the most memorable experiences that you are going to witness the entire weekend.
This will be one of only five sets that Jamiroquai will be playing in the U.S. this year–that alone should be enough to catch their set. Being that they haven’t played in America since 2005, not many people will have this opportunity to take advantage of. The modern electro-funk icons have been around since the ’90s and they’re no strangers to playing to a crowd so it’s bound to be an unbelievable experience. The group also has a preference for playing live over recording studio albums so you can bet that there will be some impromptu jam sessions going on; be prepared to put your funky dance shoes on. Frontman Jay Kay mentioned back in 2005 that he was quitting music to focus on flying helicopters and finding a baby mama. He has since done those things so Jamiroquai is making their glorious return to music and performing live. Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. Also, don’t you just want to see that weird light-up moving hat thing that Kay will be wearing?
Sound Tribe Sector 9, aka STS9, aren’t newbies to the world of Hulaween having played three out of the past five festivals. In an electronic world that is mainly just one dude standing behind a desk, STS9 truly stands out by being a five-piece electro band phenomenon. They are self-described as “post-rock dance music” but draw inspiration from hip-hop, jazz, drum and bass, and even psychedelia. Those attending the Thursday pre-party have a chance of catching two sets by them that day including their “Axe the Cables” set, which will be all-acoustic versions of their music. They’ll have one set throughout the normal weekend so if you truly wanted to, you could see them three times and with an extensive collection of music (11 albums) you can bet that each set will be unique in itself.
Good electronic music doesn’t have to be all about the heavy builds and big drops. Sometimes it’s nice to wind down and let your brain breathe a little with some atmospheric ambiance. Emancipator blends inspiration from international cultures as well as jazz, folk and classical genres into an ethereal musical experience that floats throughout your entire body. It won’t just be him though, hence the Ensemble part. He will be bringing with him a full band of very talented artists just like himself (who is a classically trained violinist). This will be a more laidback and chill set, good for coming up or relaxing in your hammock and it will be a good catalyst for what the rest of the night will entail.
This fantastic French woman is starting to get her well-deserved break. She draws inspiration away from music, like a painting, the weather, a dream, but especially in her travels and from other cultures. You can hear the foreign sound influences in her music but there is definitely some bass in there as well which she mainly signifies with. All of this combined is why CloZee describes her music as “world bass.” She says: “I never know how to describe my style or what to call it.” I, however, can tell you that it is beautifully put together and has an exotic tropical/jungle feel that will easily get your body moving.
Coming off of the recent A Moment Apart Tour with ODESZA, Kasbo is a young up-and-coming artist that shouldn’t be missed. There is a reason current electronic gurus ODESZA (who are also at Hulaween) had this Swedish producer as their opener and will have him doing the same on their 2019 European tour. The euphoric melodies and ethereal sounds can put you through an array of emotions and make you feel like you’re dreaming. He recently released his debut album, Places We Don’t Know, through Foreign Family Collective/Counter Records and mentions that he’s been working on it for over two years and that it’s been the most challenging, developing, and inspiring thing that he’s done in his life.
Suwannee Hulaween takes place October 26-28 in Live Oak, Florida. Find tickets and more information here.