jakub | April 6, 2023

Hulaween Hulas Into Style – The Festival Voice

We’re celebrating 10 years of Hulaween! To celebrate, Suwannee Hulaween has unveiled its historic, genre-crossing lineup as it returns to its beloved home, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida from Thursday, October 26 – Sunday, October 29, 2023.

Hulaween is one of the last truly-independent, large-scale music festivals thriving amongst today’s corporatized concert landscape, and after selling out its last five editions, the festival is commemorating a decade of success with its most impressive lineup yet. Of course, it’ll be something to revere!

The String Cheese Incident at Hulaween 2022 – Photo by Tara Gracer

First up on the lineup, after a five-year hiatus, electro-soul pioneer Pretty Lights will headline Hulaween as his only East Coast festival performance on his Soundship Spacesystem Tour. If you’ve been on social media lately, you know that Pretty Lights has been what everyone is talking about! For the last two decades, Pretty Lights has been blowing our minds with some of his signature sound. Hulaween will be no exception as he brings his vibrant sounds to the audience.

Speaking of social media, you’ve probably seen John Summit all over the Twittersphere. He is known globally for his playful demeanor and rip-roaring sets, tech-house maestro John Summit marks another Hulaween headliner. The Beatport chart-shredder will host Hulaween’s first-ever takeover by Off The Grid, Summit’s party-starting imprint, which will offer up sets by label favorites famed for igniting dance floors. Heck yes!

Manic Focus at Hulaween 2022 – Photo by Josh Skolnik

Other electronic music heavyweights headlining Hulaween include Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist/producer Elderbrook, producer polymath Big Wild, and revered house producer/vocalist Channel Tres. We’re thrilled!

One of the best things about Hulaween is that it includes many different genres on the lineup. Jamming our way into style, Hulaween founders The String Cheese Incident will serve up three nights of headlining performances. Phish-offshoot Trey Anastasio Band and critically-acclaimed indie-jam five piece Goose will play consecutive sets on the same night, following their joint tour across the North East last fall. Other headlining bands include Hulaween staple Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (2 sets), the Hulaween debut of Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, and legendary roots-rock outfit Dispatch.

If you’re a rap fan, then welcome neo-soul rapper Smino as the festival’s sole hip-hop headliner, as well as a headlining set by five-piece indie rock band Mt. Joy. One additional band headliner remains yet to be announced, coming later in April. We’re sure that it’ll be a weekend to remember!

One the electronic side, the festival will include many of the genre’s heavy hitters, coming from all subgenres. Starting things off, we have Montreal producer BLOND:ISH, underground bass purveyor Eprom, multi-faceted Italian DJ/producer duo Gioli & Assia, ascendent bass producer ISOxo, genre-bending producer Manic Focus, ascendent trailblazer Moore Kismet, bass-focused producer supergroup Lab Group, and future-funk maestro Yung Bae.

Staying true to its band-focused roots, Hulaween will boast a medley of celebrated acts including funk-fusion ensemble Lettuce, funk-jam group Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and critically-acclaimed, Anatolian rock/Turkish psychedelic folk outfit Altin Gün.

Spirit Lake at Hulaween 2022 – Photo by Jay Strausser

We’re loving the festival and this lineup includes more than 90 acts that cover all genres out there. This has been a staple of Spirit of the Suwannee’s idyllic grounds, which serves as perfect setting for attendees to fully immerse themselves in Florida’s lush, enchanting nature. 

Hulaween’s Spirit Lake is heralded as one of the leading immersive art experiences across American festivals, brimming with talented sculptors, fire/metal workers, painters, thespians, and lighting designers. Attendees can revel in lakefront projection mapping, hypnotizing light shows, interactive installations, and both visual and performance art, catch performances at Spirit Lake’s two stages, and groove into sunrise at the Silent Disco.

Tickets on sale now!

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