The Wakarusa festival line up is pretty cool. Umphrey's is playing so that's always a good time and crowd. Last year, I went up to the Mountain Jam in New York. This year, I'm considering Wakarusa. My boyfriend went last year and says it was a free for all! I'm definitely a fan of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and they're showing up, so I may have to as well! There's enough GREAT ELECTRONIC music showing up that'll blow your mind!
Prepare for the heat, y'all. Seriously. Last year it was 102 degrees and 100% humidity almost every day. I even read the forecast before we left and completely underestimated how HOT that really is. Kinda put a damper on day time hooping for me. I hope that it's not bad this year! A misting hand held fan is a must! It'll always be a great time though :)
Oh and go see the waterfall! It's a killer hike, but really really cool and so worth it. You've gotta get down there before 9am though otherwise it's really crowded.
i mostly hooped at night because of the heat, or under the big tents in the shade. the kaivalya workshops were amazing. most people opted for beginning or intermediate, only a few picked advanced, so it was like having private twins lessons from luna and surca for three days straight.
even if i was still semi nearby, i wont ever be attending that festival again. the heat was killer (i know that wont necessarily always be the case, but it left a bad taste in my mouth) and the logistics of the place don't support the size and scale at which they are doing things. if you go, make sure you get your CAMPING pass early so you down end up in overflow down the hill 3 miles with only 2 buses to shuttle an impossible number of people back and forth. and don't even think about walking down the two lane winding ozark road... there are semis and trucks that drive that road and probably wouldn't care too much about the hippies on the side of the road.
I've worked at Waka for the last two years. The first time i went was okay...a little trashy, as in not enough trash cans, but it was alright.
but last year, it was like a carnival...a really really gross carnival. trash EVERYWHERE, and someone got mugged right next to my car while I was in it.
I won't go back.
I'm not saying you shouldn't go...I'm just saying, be careful....and be prepared for zero shade....unless you want to make a hike down to the waterfall...but the hike back to the festival is straight up hill.
I'm from fayetteville, which is about 30-45 min away from Waka and If you're hoping that the weather is going to be cooler this year...you're going to be disapointed.
it just keeps getting hotter here. the only way it will cool off at all is if it rains!
I wouldn't go as far to say you will be disappointed, yes it's very hot and humid and i can understand if your not use to it you would be very upset with it. I live in Kansas and that weather is normal (it did cool off later in the evening.)
I also have been to waka for the last two years and work there the last year. They didn't expect it to be that big. A lot of the people that came, came because of the cancelled event (Rothbury.) They tried to set up the satellite camping for the overspill of people but they didn't have the staff to keep everything in order. I would think it would be better since they now know what to expect.
And i wouldn't say it was trashy, I did A LOT of walking around and as i said i worked there so i would have noticed that. the bathrooms were smelly and gross but thats a given.
I'm from Kansas, tooo:)
but everytime i went it's always a blast.
I went the last two years, too. I didn't think the trash was really a problem -- although I did stick around after the main stage closed and helped clean up.
I'm not sure how the weather will be this year. Last year it was waaay too hot, I agree, but the year before that it was beautiful!
I think Wakarusa is an amazing festival. I'd recommend it to anyone, and I'm definitely going back this year… provided that they add a couple more of my favorite bands to the lineup. If they don't, I might be tempted to skip it (it is, after all, a 16 hour drive from me) and do the two weeks straight of All Good and Camp Bisco! (Definitely going to Camp, All Good is up in the air at the moment…)
I'll be there!
Last year I traveled out with my husband and two kids. It was a LOT of work....especially hauling a 3 year old back up from the waterfall. But lovely too! A group of ravers built a ring of glow sticks around my son so they could borrow the LED hoop I had 'protecting' him. Good times! ;-)
But this year we have a babysitter. Wooohoooo!
As for what I'm wearing, as little as I can, as hot as it is out there. LOL!